Friend Confirms Jennifer Hudson’s Pregnancy

Felicia Fields, a longtime friend of Jennifer Hudson, confirmed the ‘American Idol’ alum is pregnant. “It was a baby shower, a quiet gathering of friends and mostly family,” Fields told the Chicago Tribune. “They’re really trying to keep it kind of quiet.”

Jennifer Hudson Performs On ‘Today’, Answers NKOTB Questions

Jennifer Hudson visited the ‘Today’ show in New York City on Friday (May 15), talking with host Matt Lauer about dealing with tough times after the murders of her mother, brother and nephew last year (she appeared a bit ticked off about the questions getting brought up) and having a date set to marry David Otunga. The ‘American Idol’ alum also picked one lucky contestant to perform a duet with her on Rockefeller Plaza. Watch the interview and performances of ‘Spotlight’, ‘If This Isn’t Love’, ‘Love You I Do’, and her answer to questions posed by the New Kids on the Block and Randy Jackson, below.

‘Spotlight’

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On TV: Ciara, Chrisette Michele, Jennifer Hudson

R&B acts on television this week include:

Ciara, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ (NBC) on Monday, ‘Jimmy
Kimmel Live’ (ABC) and ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ (Syndicated) on Wednesday.

En Vogue, who perform on ‘The View’ on Monday.

Chrisette Michele, who performs on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ (CBS) on Tuesday.

Jennifer Hudson, who performs on ‘Today’ (NBC) on Friday.

On TV: The-Dream, Jennifer Hudson, Keri Hilson

Keri Hilson

R&B acts on television this week include:

The-Dream, who visits ‘Tavis Smiley’ (PBS) on Tuesday.

Charlie Wilson, who sits in with the band on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (ABC) on Tuesday.

Jennifer Hudson, who visits ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ (Syndicated) on Thursday.

Keri Hilson, who performs with Lil Wayne on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (ABC) on Friday.

Jennifer Hudson Interview & Performance On ‘Oprah’

Jennifer Hudson visited ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ on Friday, where the Oscar winner said performing is “like therapy” following the murders of her mother, brother and nephew last October, while not making direct reference to the killings. “I’m good. I’m really good. Glad to be back to working and doing what I love to do. I’m in a very good place.” A report from CelebTV.com, featuring highlights from the visit, has since been removed.

Jennifer Hudson ‘If This Isn’t Love’ Video

Jennifer Hudson 'If This Isn't Love' music video

Jennifer Hudson is out with the video to her new single ‘If This Isn’t Love’, the second release off the ‘American Idol’ season three finalist’s self-titled debut album, out now on Arista Records. Watch the Diane Martel directed video below.

Marc Malkin On Jennifer Hudson’s Return

Marc Malkin of E! checked in with a video clip on the entertainment network’s site, talking about the return of Jennifer Hudson at Sunday’s Super Bowl, which begins the Oscar winner’s return to the public eye following the murders of her mother, brother and nephew. Hudson will be performing at Clive Davis’ pre Grammy bash and she’ll be singing at the Grammys on Sunday.

Video at eonline.com has since been removed.

Dakota Fanning Reaches Out To Jennifer Hudson

Dakota Fanning tells Usmagazine.com she reached out to her ‘Secret Life of Bees’ co-star Jennifer Hudson following the murders of her mother, brother and nephew. “I have spoken to her. I have been in contact with her,” the 14-year-old actress said at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards. “I can’t imagine what she is going through, but she knows the whole cast is there for her, and I love her.”

Meanwhile, Hudson has been nominated for seven NAACP Image Awards, including best new recording artist, best female recording artist, best duo (with Fantasia) and best supporting actress for ‘The Secret Life of Bees’.

Prosecutors Believe Birthday Gift Triggered Hudson Family Murders

Police tell People magazine that William Balfour, the estranged husband of Jennifer Hudsons’ siter Julia, showed up to the Hudson family home on October 24th and spotted a gift he believed came from another man. The belief that Julia was seeing another man is the motive that led Balfour, 27, to return to the house after Julia had left for work and shoot her mother Darnell Donerson, 57, Jennifer’s brother Jason, 29, then take Julia’s son, 7-year-old Julian King, and later kill him as well, prosecutors allege. Read more.

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