Jennifer Hudson Has Received A Protective Order Against Her Fiancé Of 10 Years
While she is helping aspiring professional singers as a coach on The Voice, Jennifer Hudson has been dealing with personal issues outside of the competition show. People reported that Hudson and her fiancé, David Otunga, broke up after 10 years together and she has received a protective order against him. Additionally, TMZ reports that on Thursday night, Hudson called the police to have Otunga removed from their home. TMZ reports that they obtained the protection order and that in the documents Hudson claims Otunga displayed "aggressive, threatening, and harassing behavior." She reportedly also claimed, "I am now living in fear of further action David might take."
UPDATE: In response to Bustle's request for comment on the reports, a rep for Hudson sent the following statement:
Jennifer Hudson and David Otunga have been in the process of ending their relationship for a number of months. Yesterday, Jennifer requested and received a protective order against her ex-fiancé. Jennifer’s actions are solely taken in the best interest of their son. Please respect her privacy at this time.
EARLIER: Otunga has denied any wrongdoing through a statement from his lawyer (below). Bustle has also reached out to the Chicago Police Department and Cook County Court, but did not receive an immediate response.
Hudson's representative released a statement to People that said that Hudson and Otunga "have been in the process of ending their relationship for a number of months." People reported that Otunga proposed to Hudson in 2008 after less than a year of dating. Hudson's statement continues, "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." She gave birth to their son, David Daniel Otunga Jr., on Aug. 10, 2009.
Although there was no indication of the grounds for the protective order in Hudson's statement, Otunga's lawyer denied any wrongdoing on his behalf in a statement to People. The statement read:
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.
Like Hudson, Otunga is an entertainer as he was a professional wrestler for the WWE. The statement from Otunga's lawyer, Tracy M. Rizzo, continued:
"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, 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."
During their 10-year relationship, Hudson and Otunga had to deal with immense tragedy since Hudson was engaged to Otunga for only a month when her brother-in-law murdered her mother, brother, and nephew. Hudson told Glamour in 2015 that having her son a year after the murders saved her life.
Hudson, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2007 for Dreamgirls, received her first Grammy in 2017 for the soundtrack of the musical The Color Purple, which was her Broadway debut. Although she didn't attend the Grammys in February, she went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in April to discuss the win. DeGeneres also asked about her long engagement to Otunga and Hudson said, "I'm not in a hurry. He ain't going nowhere!"
A lot has changed since that April interview, but based on an Instagram post from Hudson, they celebrated their son's birthday together in August. Neither of them have shared any images of them together on Instagram since then.
Although it's not clear if she was referring to her split from Otunga, Hudson wrote in a Nov. 9 post, "My momma always taught me that u don't ever want to have to depend on nobody else , I'm so glad I listened!"
With the impending custody battle and protective order against Otunga, Hudson's split from her fiancé is not going to be easy.