Jennifer Hudson can relate to the March for Our Lives rally like few others can.
Speaking with CNN’s Van Jones, the singer talked about how the movement affected her, 10 years after her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew were shot and killed.
“A day like this is almost like reliving it over and over again,” Hudson said. “So it’s obviously something that’s extremely close to home for that reason because you instantly connect. There’s very few people who know what a moment like this means, what it represents, everything it entails.”
Hudson said she believed it was impossible for anyone to truly understand what the victims’ families are going through unless they’ve been through it as well.
The “Dreamgirls” star told Jones that everyone should care about this issues, saying, “For people who are watching … know that it can be anybody … to me, the saddest thing is, no one ever reacts until it happens to them.”
In 2008, William Balfour, Hudson’s brother-in-law, was arrested for killing three members of Hudson’s family. He was later convicted of the three murders and given three life sentences without the possibility of parole.
During a 2016 interview, Balfour claimed he had nothing to do with the murders.