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Jennifer Hudson: Performing is 'like therapy'

CHICAGO -- Jennifer Hudson says she's found getting back towork to be a healing force in her life.

"I'm just glad to be back and be back to work again. Just doingwhat I love to do is like therapy," Hudson said on a live episodeof "The Oprah Winfrey Show" broadcast Friday. "I'm in a verygood place."

In a brief interview, the Oscar- and Grammy-winning performermade no direct reference to the October slayings in Chicago of hermother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.

She performed her latest single, "If This Isn't Love," andpromoted an upcoming tour with Robin Thicke, beginning March 31.

Hudson said Whitney Houston awarding her the Grammy for best R&Balbum for her self-titled debut CD "almost surpassed winning."

"As soon as she stepped out on the stage, I lost it. That'swhen I got emotional," Hudson said of Houston. Hudson said sheused to create duets with Houston's records and dream about winninga Grammy.

Hudson, 27, said her fiance, David Otunga, is "working andmaking plans for us," and she showed a snapshot of her three dogs,named Oscar, Grammy and Dreamgirl. The former "American Idol"finalist's Oscar came for her role in the movie "Dreamgirls."

Was she nervous about singing the national anthem at the SuperBowl? Not Hudson, who said there "was too much going on for me totake it in" or to get nervous about her first public performanceafter the slayings.

Even the difficult final phrases of the national anthem didn'tthrow her.

"To me, the biggest notes and the longest notes are the easiestnotes," she said. "It's just like I'm glad that I made it to theend of the song. That's how I am. OK, I got this now, I'm home. I'mgoing home now."

William Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson's sister Julia,is accused in the triple homicide of Hudson's relatives. Balfourhas pleaded not guilty.

The bodies of Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, and brother,Jason Hudson, were discovered Oct. 24 at their South Side home.Seven-year-old Julian King's body was found days later. All threehad been shot to death.

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