February 27, 2009 / 9:28 PM / 9 years ago

Jennifer Hudson calls music "therapy" after family deaths

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Singer Jennifer Hudson told chat show host Oprah Winfrey on Friday that music is her “therapy” after the murders of three of her relatives last year.

Jennifer Hudson arrives at the 51st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 8, 2009. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Hudson and Winfrey did not mention the October killings during the singer’s television appearance, but when asked how she was doing Hudson said she is “really good.”

“I’m just glad to be back and be back to work again,” said Hudson, 27. “Just doing what I love to do is like therapy.”

Authorities have charged William Balfour, the estranged husband of the singer’s elder sister, Julia, with the murder of Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew in Chicago in October.

Hudson, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in the movie “Dreamgirls”, won a Grammy earlier this month for best R&B album for her self-titled 2008 release.

Hudson said having Whitney Houston announce her as the winner was a thrill, since she once created make-believe duets with Houston.

“It almost surpassed winning the Grammy for me, seeing Whitney Houston,” Hudson said. “And then her presenting it to me was, like, unbelievable.”

Hudson, who got her start as a contestant on “American Idol”, told Winfrey she has a dog named Oscar, another one named Grammy and a third pooch named Dreamgirl.

She will begin a U.S. tour on March 31.

Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Jill Serjeant

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