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Hudson made no mention of deaths in memoir

April 22, 2012|By Tracy Swartz, RedEye

In her recently released book, "I Got This: How I Changed my Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down," Jennifer Hudson—who lost 80 pounds in two years—describes how she struggled with her weight growing up, performing in "American Idol" and auditioning for subsequent roles.

She makes no mention of how or if the death of her mother, brother and nephew affected her weight—because she makes no mention of the deaths at all.

There is a brief allusion to the killings by her sister Julia Hudson, who writes in the book, "One thing is for sure, if our mama were here, she'd be fussing over Jenny's weight loss."

Julia Hudson's estranged husband, William Balfour, has been charged in the killings. His trial, which begins Monday, likely will shed light on what happened in October 2008, when Hudson's mother, Darnell Hudson Donerson, 57, and brother, Jason Hudson, 29, were found shot to death in Donerson's Englewood home. The body of Hudson's nephew, Julian King, 7, was later found in an abandoned SUV.

Jennifer Hudson, meanwhile, has remained quiet about the killings.

She told "Dateline" in an interview in January: "I just feel like certain things should be off limits and people should respect that."

tswartz@tribune.com | @tracyswartz

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