Jennifer Hudson has paid tribute to her late mother on what would’ve been her 66th birthday.
The 35-year-old singer has shared an emotive quote from Darnell Donaldson, who was, along with brother Jason and seven-year-old nephew Julian King, horrifically murdered by her sister’s estranged husband William Balfour in 2008, to recognize her milestone.
Sharing a picture of her mum on Instagram, Jennifer wrote: “Today would have been my late mothers 66th bday! In her words “If you think you’ve seen it all just keep on living ” (sic)”
This comes just three months after Jennifer donated school supplies to under-privileged kids in honor of her late nephew Julian on what would’ve been his 15th birthday.
She said at the time: “I wanted my sister to look forward to her son’s birthday.
“My mother always told me, ‘What I love about you is no matter how negative things are, you always seem to find the positive.’
“Julian was a scholar of a child. He was a giver as well. Hatch Day represents everything about him.”
The annual Hatch Day event, held in collaboration with their charity, the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, was set up six years ago and has helped more than 5,000 children.
Jennifer has previously admitted she speaks to her late mother “all the time”.
When asked if she ever has conversations with her mum in her head, she said: “All the time. And my brother, if he was here, if I was sitting up crying, he’ll say, ‘Jenny, knock it off. Knock it off!’ “