Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson has seen more than her share of success during her career, however she's also undergone shocking tragedy and loss. In 2008, Hudson's mother, her brother and her nephew were shot and killed by her sister's estranged husband.
While she has rarely opened up about the murders, the 34-year-old got candid about the events in an interview with Glamour magazine while discussing her role in the upcoming Spike Lee film Chiraq.
In the film, Hudson plays a woman in Chicago whose daughter was killed by a stray bullet -- a pain that Hudson says she can relate to intimately.
"It's frustrating as hell to me to have somebody who ain't lost nothing try to talk to me about it," Hudson explained. "I want to say, 'Don't even bother, because you know nothing.' But you never know how much you can get through until you're going through it."
According to Hudson, she found her way through the pain with the help of her baby boy, who she gave birth to one year after the shootings.
"I went from being an aunt, having a mom, and being a child to not having a mom, becoming a mom, and raising my own child," Hudson said, adding that her son David, who is now 6 years old, helped immensely in dealing with her loss.
"I tell David all the time, 'You saved my life,'" Hudson shared.
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Jennifer Hudson competes on stage during a taping of 'American Idol' Season 3 (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage)
Jennifer Hudson performs during Hollywood round of auditions for 'American Idol' Season 3 in October of 2003 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage)
Jennifer Hudson during 'American Idol' Season 3 - Top 12 Finalists Party - Arrivals at Pearl in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - MAY 26: American Idol contestants Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia Barrino, La Toya London and Diana DeGarmo perform on stage at the American Idol Season Three Grand Finale at the Kodak Theatre May 26, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
Final contestants for Fox's "American idol" are shown Wednesday, March 10, 2004, in Los Angeles. From left are George Huff, Jon Peter Lewis, Camile Velasco, Jennifer Hudson, Diana Degarmo, Amy Adams, La Toya London, Fantasia Barrino, John Stevens, Jasmine Trias, Leah LaBelle and Matthew Rogers. Two months of song-and-dance competition will culminate in a new musical favorite in May. (AP Photo/Fox, Ray Mickshaw)
American Idol finalists, from left, Camile Velsasco, Jon Peter Lewis, John Stevens, Amy Adams, Jasmine Trias, La Toya London, George Huff, and Jennifer Hudson, perform the national anthem before the start of the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, May 30, 2004. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 27: Singer Jennifer Hudson arrives to the Tiffany & Co. Launch of The 2008 Blue Book Collection at The Museum of Natural History on October 27, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - MAY 25: American Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson arrives at the American Idol Finale: Results Show held at the Kodak Theatre on May 25, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Actress Jennifer Hudson poses for a photo as she arrives for the ShoWest's closing night ceremony at Paris Las Vegas Hotel on Thursday, March 16, 2006. ShoWest has named Hudson "Female Star of Tomorrow". (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Jennifer Hudson belts out an old favorite of Aretha Franklin entitled "I never loved a man (the way I love you) at "An Evening of Stars Tribute to Aretha Franklin" Saturday Sept. 9, 2006 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, CA this was the 2nd day of taping for the United Negro College Fund special. (AP Photo/Earl Gibson)
Actress Jennifer Hudson arrives to the premiere of "Dreamgirls" at the Ziegfeld Theatre, Monday, Dec. 4, 2006, in New York. (AP Photo/Paul Hawthorne)
Actress Jennifer Hudson arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Dreamgirls" in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Monday, Dec. 11, 2006. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 05: Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson arrives at the New Line Cinema's 40th Anniversary Gala at Fredrick P. Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on October5, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Jennifer Hudson accepts Best Actress award during BET Awards 2007 - Show at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Michael Caulfield/WireImage for BET Network)
Jennifer Hudson during 18th Annual GLAAD Media Awards New York - Inside at Marriott Marquis in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
Jennifer Hudson arrives for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Actress Jennifer Hudson on the press line at the Movies Rock celebration at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Actress Jennifer Hudson attends a gala screening of "The Secret Life Of Bees" during the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, Sept. 5, 2008 in Toronto. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Jennifer Hudson arrives at the BET Awards on Tuesday June 24, 2008 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Jennifer Hudson arrives for the 80th Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, in Los Angeles. Hudson will be a presenter during the Oscars telecast. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 06: Actress/singer Jennifer Hudson arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Secret Life Of Bees' at The Academy of Motion Arts & Sciences on October 6, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19: Singer Jennifer Hudson attends the 2009 Whitney Museum Gala at The Whitney Museum of American Art on October 19, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17: Jennifer Hudson backstage at Brooklyn Academy of Music on September 17, 2009 in New York, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Singer Jennifer Hudson performs during the memorial service for Michael Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, Pool)
Actress Jennifer Hudson poses during a photocall for "Winnie", at the 63rd international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Jennifer Hudson arrives at the annual Pre-GRAMMY Gala presented by The Recording Academy and Clive Davis on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly, Hills, California. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Jennifer Hudson arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party on Sunday, March 7, 2010, in West Hollywood, Calif. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
In this photo released by Startraks, Jennifer Hudson celebrates her Good Housekeeping February cover at the Hearst Tower Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/StarPix, Amanda Schwab)
Jennifer Hudson arrives at the 39th Annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Jennifer Hudson attends Self Magazine's Women Doing Good Awards, in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Singer Jennifer Hudson attends amfAR New York's 'Inspiration Gala' celebrating Men's Style at the Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Jennifer Hudson arrives before the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Jennifer Hudson holds her son David as she poses at Essence magazine's Black Women in Hollywood luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Jennifer Hudson poses on the runway at the Project Runway finale fashion show during Fashion Week on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP Images)
Jennifer Hudson is seen at Fashion' s Night Out - QVC Broadcast on Thursday Sept. 6, 2012, in New York. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP Images)
Singer Jennifer Hudson attends amfAR's New York gala benefit at Cipriani Wall Street on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Jennifer Hudson arrives at the 2013 American Music Awards, on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in Los Angeles. Hudson stars in the Fox Searchlight Pictures' musical film "Black Nativity," releasing in the US on Nov. 27, 2013. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Singer Jennifer Hudson arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Hudson arrives at the world premiere of "Call Me Crazy: A Five Film" at the Pacific Design Center on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Hudson attends InStyle Magazine's 20th Anniversary Party at Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Hudson arrives at the 56th annual GRAMMY awards - salute to industry icons with Clive Davis, on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Hudson poses in the press room with the award for favorite humanitarian at the 40th annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Recording artist Jennifer Hudson visits SiriusXM Studios on September 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 04: Recording artist, actress and spokesperson Jennifer Hudson performs during the 2014 Philly 4th Of July Jam on July 4, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Jennifer Hudson performs during the Stand For School Equality Rally at Cadman Plaza Park on October 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30: Singer Jennifer Hudson attends the 2015 New York City Ballet Fall Gala at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: Singer Jennifer Hudson attends DKNY Women's Spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
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