The interview touched on much more than Jennifer’s slimming secrets. She talked about her time on Idol as “The Big Girl”, Her big break in Dreamgirls, and the tragic murders of her mother, brother and nephew.
She broke down several times speaking about the tragedy. She was supposed to be in Chicago the day her family was murdered, but her boyfriend David convinced her at the last minute to meet him at his wrestling match. After the devastating loss of her family, she said it was her brother’s voice telling her not to feel sorry for herself–that got her back to work.
Check out the interview here in 3 parts.
About losing weight, learning to sing in the church, launching her singing career, rejection because of her weight, Idol and Dreamgirls.
Why she turned down Precious, photoshopping her album cover, meeting David Ortunga, The last minute decision that saved her life, The family murders, Jennifer’s return to show business (She breaks down talking about her brother), Singing “You Pulled Me Through” at the Grammys (She cries talking about the support she received. “I was lifted up by love.”)
Jennifer’s weight loss and her book, More on her family. The foundation she began in her nephew, Julien King’s name. (Jennifer was so overcome with emotion talking about her nephew, she had to stop for a minute), Her son and upcoming wedding. She describes her wedding dress.
The Today Show
Jennifer discusses her weight loss with The Today Show. About “living in the moment” in the face of tragedy, her son David.