American Idol Winner Announces Separation After 10 Years Together

November 17, 2017Nov 17, 2017

After a decade together, Jennifer Hudson and fiancé David Otunga have ended their relationship. Apparently, the split has been a long time coming.

“They have been in the process of ending their relationship for a number of months,” Hudson’s rep told People in a statement.

“Today, Jennifer requested and received a protective order against her ex-fiancé. Jennifer’s actions are solely taken in the best interest of their son,” the statement concluded.

Hudson, 36, and Otunga, 37, have an 8-year-old son together, David Daniel Otunga Jr. The former wrestler and American Idol winner welcomed their son in 2009. Otunga proposed to Hudson in 2008 only a year after they began dating.

About a month after they got engaged, Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, and her brother, Jason Hudson, were found fatally shot in a Chicago home. Her 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, was also found dead in the backseat of a car. Hudson’s former brother-in-law William Balfour was convicted of the murders in 2012.

Hudson was absent from her Chicago home because she was with Otunga in Florida at the time. If she had been home, she thinks she may have also been killed.

“That’s one of the things that saved my life, because I could have been home with my mom then. He wanted me to come out to Florida with him instead of going to Chicago,” she told the magazine. “I flew out to see him; that’s why I’m still here. I’ve never said that before, and I can’t believe I just said that now. But I didn’t know. He was just like, ‘I’m going to this wrestling thing, and it’s in Tampa. I’m going out there now, so you can come out there and see me versus going home.'”

In April 2017, when appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen asked Hudson, who is one of the coaches on this season of “The Voice,” if a wedding was coming anytime soon.

“I’m not in a hurry. He’s not going anywhere,” she answered, adding that they were happy in their relationship.

In the meantime, something must have changed. This is made especially apparent by Hudson’s protection order. Otunga’s attorney, Tracy M. Rizzo, released a statement to PEOPLE on behalf of the former pro wrestler following the split news.

“Mr. Otunga has never abused or harassed Ms. Hudson or their son, and it is unfortunate, especially in today’s climate, that she would feel the need to make these false allegations against him. Mr. Otunga looks forward to his day in court and in being awarded the residential care of the parties’ only child,” a part of the statement read. 

Please pray for everyone in this situation, especially their young child. In related news, a famous entertainer just called it quits with his wife after 22 years. 

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