Jennifer Hudson Dumps Fiance David Otunga & Requests Protective Order After 10-Year Romance
Oh no! Academy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson and fiance David Otunga have ended their relationship after TEN YEARS together, her rep confirms. Find out more about their split, here.
Bummer — another Hollywood couple has called it quits, as we’ve just learned Jennifer Hudson and her fiance, David Otunga, have parted ways after 10 years together. “They have been in the process of ending their relationship for a number of months,” Jennifer’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.”
David’s attorney, Tracy Rizzo, told TMZ, “David Otunga has been trying to negotiate the terms of an amicable parenting agreement with Ms. Hudson for several weeks now. However, when it became apparent to Ms. Hudson that Mr. Otunga would be the parent granted residential care of the child, as a result of Mr. Otunga being the child’s primary caregiver while Ms. Hudson pursues her career all over the world, Ms. Hudson decided to file a meritless Petition for Order of Protection in an effort to gain an unfair advantage in the custody dispute. As a result of Mr. Otunga’s career in the WWE, Ms. Hudson felt that she could give an award-winning performance in court to portray herself as the victim. Mr. Otunga has never abused or harassed Ms. Hudson or their son.”
As you may recall, Jennifer and David share a lot of history together. The former pro wrestler proposed in September 2008 after less than a year of dating, and they welcomed their son, David Daniel Otunga Jr., into the world just a year later in August 2009. Furthermore — just a month after he proposed — the American Idol contestant’s mother, Darnell Donerson, and her brother, Jason Hudson, were found dead after they were shot in a Chicago home. Her 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, was also found dead, but his body was discovered in the backseat of a car several days later. The culprit, unfortunately, was none other than Jennifer’s own brother-in-law, William Balfour, who was eventually convicted of all three murders in 2012.