Before Jennifer Hudson accepted David Otunga's marriage proposal, the singer had a long-term relationship with a boyfriend of eight years. During an interview with NecoleBitchie, the singer candidly opens up about her "childhood sweetheart."
"His name was James. We used to call him ‘Bear, Bear.’ But he was my childhood sweetheart," she recalls. "He has a baby now. He moved to somewhere else. So that’s all I know about him now. Yeah, we all grew up together."
When asked if their breakup was fueled by her rising success, Hudson replies, "I think [him proposing if I won an Oscar] was a made-up story at the time. When we broke up, it wasn’t the fame."
She decided not to "put his business out there," but adds, "It was my choice [to break up]. Definitely. But it was nothing new or foreign like nothing out of the blue like he didn’t know what was going on. It had nothing to do with my fame at all. It was not an issue pertaining to that."
Even though she's gone on to find love again in her fiance, Hudson reveals that her success can affect her relationships. "It is difficult with [this] type of lifestyle and being a strong woman and being in any type of relationship," she says. "Males at times have issues when they are with a successful woman. Or even, it’s weird. And I mean that in general. Across the board. It’s something I’ve noticed in a lot of situations when it comes to successful women or strong women."
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