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Jennifer Hudson Leaves Fiance, Gets Protective Order

But David Otunga's rep says it's all about a custody battle
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2017 9:47 AM CST
Jennifer Hudson Leaves Fiance, Gets Protective Order
Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson, with partner David Daniel Otunga Sr. and son Daniel Otunga Jr. at Hudson's star ceremony where she is honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 13, 2013, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Jennifer Hudson has split from the fiance she once said "saved her life" after her mother, brother, and nephew were murdered—and she also got a protective order against him. Hudson, 36, and former pro wrestler David Otunga, 37, have been together a decade, got engaged in 2008, and had a son together in 2009. "They have been in the process of ending their relationship for a number of months," Hudson's rep tells People. "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." Per TMZ, police ordered Otunga to leave the couple's Chicago-area home, which Hudson owns, Thursday night.

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But a rep for Otunga says the couple had been attempting to work out a custody arrangement for weeks, and only when it became apparent that Otunga would be granted residential care of their son because he is "the child’s primary caregiver while Ms. Hudson pursues her career all over the world," per a statement given to E!, did Hudson file for a protective order. "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," the statement continues. As for what was behind the initial split, TMZ's sources say Hudson started dating someone else. (Read more Jennifer Hudson stories.)

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