In November 2017, singer Jennifer Hudson and former pro wrestler David Otunga surprised the celeb world when they announced their split after a decade together and one child. Making the news even more shocking: she filed a restraining order against the Harvard Law grad.

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

What happened to this seemingly stable pair? Let’s take a closer look.

They Got Engaged quickly

Hudson and Otunga were dating for less than a year when her rep confirmed to People that he put a ring on it in September 2008. 

Hudson’s dating life prior to Otunga is shrouded in mystery, while his own romantic history played out on reality TV. Before JHud, he attempted to romance Tiffany “New York” Pollard as Punk on the iconic I Love New York 2.

Believe it or not, Oscar-winner Hudson actually noticed him for the first time on the VH1 series. Otunga told talk show host Wendy Williams in 2012, “She first noticed me on [I Love New York 2.] I started doing a lot of interviews after the show wrapped and made friends with a couple of people. Next thing you know, [a friend of mine] says ‘Hey, you should meet my friend Jennifer.'”

Her Family Tragedy Halts Their Wedding

Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donnerson, and brother, Jason Hudson, were tragically shot and killed by her sister’s ex, William Balfour, at their Chicago home just one month after she and Otunga got engaged. Her 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, was found shot dead three days later. 

While the slayings obviously overshadowed potential wedding planning, it also brought the couple closer. Hudson credits Otunga and their son, David Daniel Otunga, Jr., with saving her life. “That’s one of the things that saved my life, because I could have been home with my mom then. [Otunga] wanted me to come out to Florida with him instead of going to Chicago,” Hudson told Ebony in November 2011 (via the New York Post). “I flew out to see him. That’s why I’m still here.”

In 2012, Otunga told People that Balfour’s conviction on three counts of murder helped everyone begin to move forward. “That was something that was hanging over our heads for so long, and now we feel like we can finally breathe a sigh of relief,” he said. “Everything is good now. I’m blessed to have such a wonderful woman in my life who cares for our child so lovingly. It’s made me love her just that much more.”

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