Jennifer Hudson’s Ex Auctioning Engagement Ring

Jennifer Hudson’s ex-fiance David Otunga is auctioning off her engagement ring.

David had Neil Lane (he’s the Bachelor franchise jeweler) design the 5-carat cushion cut diamond ring for the American Idol alum back in 2008, which has an estimated retail value of $45K, reports TMZ.

45K is the asking price

The ring is listed now at, which specializes in auctioning/selling engagement rings. The ring is listed with a photo, and it is a stunner. The site estimates its value at 80K and has set the price at 45K. What a bargain! David plans to give a portion of the proceeds to a father’s rights organization.

The copy boasts “This is Jennifer Hudson’s actual engagement ring she wore during her ten-year engagement to wrestler David Otunga.”

The site continues, “This is the same ring Ms. Hudson wore when she received her Grammy Award from the late Whitney Houston. This engagement ring received a significant amount of press and is frequently listed as one of the most stunning and sought-after celebrity engagement rings.”

When they broke up in 2017, Jennifer returned the ring to David. Legally, claims TMZ, an engagement ring is a “gift in contemplation of marriage.” If the marriage doesn’t go through, in most states the person who gave the ring gets it back.

During the custody battle over their son, Jennifer told David to ‘get a job.’

Jennifer and David share a 12-year-old son, David Daniel Otunga Jr., together. Their custody battle was bitter. After their split, Jennifer obtained an order of protection from the courts which she later dropped.  At one point during the court custody battle, Jennifer advised David to “get a job.”

David graduated from Harvard Law

Interesting that David is giving proceeds to a fathers rights organization. Maybe he feels he got the raw end of the deal at the end. And also, he probably needs the money. During his time with Jennifer, other than a reality show here and there. He didn’t seem to have a steady job. He did wrestle for the WWE at one point! However, he’s got options. David graduated from Harvard Law School in 2006 and passed the Illinois bar exam.

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