Book Publishers Want Jennifer Hudson to Get More Personal

Jennifer Hudson penning book about weight loss, but publishers want her to talk about losing family.

Americans love a good transformation story – particularly those pertaining to massive weight loss. Jennifer Hudson is the latest example of this after becoming the new face of Weight Watchers. The singer-actress has spent the last few months discussing her 80-pound weight loss both in print and on television. She’s garnered herself a lot of praise for her new body and now she’s hoping to continue the ride with a new book on her past struggles with weight.


However, there’s just one problem: She can’t get a publisher to agree to her seven-figure deal without revisiting another piece of her past. Page Six reports that publishers are balking at Hudson’s hefty price tag for a book deal unless she also discusses the horrific murders of her mother, brother and nephew. The Oscar and Grammy winner rarely discusses their deaths at the hand of her brother-in-law, William Balfour.


During an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in February, Hudson briefly touched on the subject. She told Oprah, "My mother right now would say to me, 'Why are you always crying? Stop crying. You've got to keep going.'" 


One source told the New York Post, "It was disappointing. Her book about her diet is really appealing and wonderful. But if you spend a lot of money on the book deal, you want it to sell. With no talk of her family, we didn't think it was worth it." Hudson’s rep wouldn’t issue a direct comment, only noting that their reporting was “accurate.”

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