Jennifer Hudson Welcomes Son David Daniel Jr.

08/11/2009 at 12:05 PM ET
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It’s official! Though she remained mum over the last nine months Jennifer Hudson is, indeed, a mom.

The 27-year-old Oscar-winning actress and Grammy-winning singer welcomed son David Daniel Otunga Jr. on Monday, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.

“The baby is beautiful and perfect,” says Jennifer’s rep Lisa Kasteler. “His parents are ecstatic.”

David weighed in at 7 lbs., 14 oz. at birth and is the first child for Jennifer and her fiancΓ© David Otunga. The couple kept the sex of the baby a delivery surprise.

Throughout the duration of her pregnancy, Jennifer refused to confirm or deny that she was an expectant mother, instead allowing her burgeoning bump to speak for itself. As late as last month, she took the stage in Los Angeles to perform “Will You Be There” at the public memorial for Michael Jackson.

Her relative silence didn’t stop colleagues from sending their well-wishes, however! Anika Noni Rose predicted in June that her Dreamgirls costar would go on to be a phenomenal mother, telling PEOPLE that David Jr. would be “much loved.”

Roger Friedman of Showbiz411 was the first to break the news of David’s arrival.

Source: PEOPLE

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Lisa on

congrats to jennifer! she deserves all the happiness in the world after what she has been through. So glad the baby is healthy and i’m sure he is beautiful!

Janine on

I’m so happy to hear the news. After the way the past year has gone for her, this has to bring a lot of happiness to her.

jessie on

congrats to jennifer!

Mandy on

Awwww congrats! After all the tragedy she finally has something to celebrate and be happy about.

Pretty Princess Nikki on

Jennifer Hudson – I’m so very happy for her; she went through alot of sadness last year (family members were killed) she needed happiness in her life for once! It kinda makes it little better, not a whole lot. She didn’t have her mother, during this happiness time in her life. That is really sad seriously! I’m so happy, I can’t wait for the photos of the cute baby!

brannon on

I am so happy for them! Welcome baby David!

Hannah on

Congrats to them but could they not think up a better name? I really don’t see the point in naming boys after their father especially when the father is alive and well.
Also I was hoping she’d might name the child in some way after her dead relatives. I guess not.

Mandy on

Hannah, I was thinking the same thing. I was hoping she’d name him after her nephew, at least maybe his middle name.

I wonder if she would have named the baby after her mother if it had been a girl.

Tina. on

thats so great! she deserves this after everything that has happened to her πŸ™‚

Lisa on

Oh please Hannah…. David is a fine name! You might not see the point in naming a child after their father but other people sure do. It’s a popular thing here, people do it all the time. Anyway, congrats to Jennifer.

Chicki on

I am very happy for Jennifer – she deserves all the happiness in the world after the year she’s had. I’m sure the baby is beautiful!

Jazz on

I’ve been a fan of Jennifer’s since her American Idol days and I wish her all the happiness in the world, especially after the terrible year she’s had. Congrats on her new baby boy and I’m sure he’s absolutely beautiful!

Jacquie on

For those who thought she might name the baby after her family that is killed, maybe it was too painful. Plus some people believe it is a sign of disrespect to name someone after someone who has died – especially recently or tragically. Some people find it as a sign of respect but some just don’t.

Sheila on

I say congratulations to Jennifer and David on their newborn son! It is a happy event most definitely, but very sad that her Mom could not be with her at this time in her life. Well, I am sure that her Mom is with her and looking down on her and her newborn grandson and will take great care of all of them! Best of Luck to her.

Chicki on


It’s too bad YOUR parents didn’t come up with a better name – I really dislike it! Also, did you ever think that maybe the thought of her deceased family members is too painful for her to think about naming her new baby after any of them? Why not think before you speak, Hannah? This should be about happiness for Jennifer, not criticizing her choices. Jeez…

Brooklyn on

Woah. Chicki, no need to attack the name Hannah.

Anywhoo, I don’t like the whole Jr. thing either. I personally would never name a child after myself or the father. But good to hear that the baby arrived safely. Congrats to Jennifer and David.

mae on

Congratulations ! I can’t wait to see the little one. As previous posts said JHud lived such difficult times this past months, I hope it brings back an enormous amount of joy in her life.
I also find it terribly sad her mom can not be by her side right now. 😦

Daisy on

Im so happy for Jennifer, I almost feel like bawling haha!! Im sure the baby has gorgeous features as does his father & mother, hopefully we get to see him sometime! And im sure naming him after her nephew or brother would just be a day to day reminder of what happened, she is trying to start fresh!

Mandy on


Hannah had every right to state her opinion. I happen to agree with her. My dad named his son after him, and then my brother named my nephew after the name too so he’s the third. I just think its a bit too much.

I know when I have kids, I won’t have any juniors. I just feel a child is entitled to a name that’s all their own. It doesn’t matter though either way, I think Jennifer and her fiance decided they were going to name him after him and that’s fine. That was what she wanted to name her baby and that is the way it should be.

I’m in no way dissing anyone who’s been named after their father or even mother or anything like that either.

Micheley on

I also don’t like Jr. names (there are many in my family), I think its important for a child to have atleast one name that is their own, but to each their own. I love the name David Daniel though.

Lola on



JMO on

Wow a beautiful mother gives birth to a beautiful baby and it only took 5 mintues for their to be attacks and complaints!! GEEZ!! And how do we know Daniel isn’t a middle name of one of her relatives?! We don’t! So stop assuming anything!

I’m so happy for Jennifer! Congrats to the family!

Amber on

I am not really a fan of naming a child after the father either, but David Daniel is a fine name! And at least she didn’t use some weird, off the wall name, like alot of celebrities do. Their baby, their choice. I am sure the baby is gorgeous and I wish them the best!

J-Lin on

Congrats to Jennifer!!!!!!

Chicki – You are hilarious and I totally agree.

This may sound weird, but I thins parents to name their child whatever they want. Whether it’s David, Isaiah, or Apple.

So Hannah’s name gets added to the pot stirrer list.

Crystal on

I am so happy for David Sr, Jennifer and David Jr!! What a blessing to be had after such a terrible tragedy. I know several women who conceived right after the loss of a loved one. As sad as it is that death has occured so has life. When one door closes another one opens! CONGRATULATIONS!!! πŸ™‚

Julia on

Congrats to Jennifer And David πŸ™‚

Annie on

Congrats to her.

gaia's mom on

I don’t like the naming the child after the father thing either, but I think its pretty silly for anyone of us as strangers to hope she makes a certain choice while naming her child. Why should she named her child after the deceased? How will it keep their memories any more alive, as if they were in jeopardy of being forgotten!

And I think Chicki was making a point. A high-larrrrrious point. Bravo.

Anyhooo I think david daniel is a fine name and the original seems like a neat guy too.

Shannon on

Many congrats to the new parents! I bet that is one gorgeous baby boy, and I can’t wait to see pics of him! It’s so great to hear that Jennifer has found such womderful happiness after the tragedy she went through last year. I hope this new baby can help tp heal some of her wounds and bring some much needed joy to her life.

Christina on

Congrats to Jennifer and David!! I’m sure the little one is beautiful. Cant wait to see him! As for the name… I have twin nephews named David and Daniel so sounds good to me. lol Naming the baby after her nephew Julian or her brother was probably just too painful. I’m not a believer of naming babies after the dead, but that’s just me.

Mia on

I’m personally not a fan of the “Jr.” thing either + I was also hoping she was going to put a family name in the new baby’s name, but maybe when she has a daughter she will. Most importantly, glad the baby boy is happy + healthy! And I’m sure Jennifer Hudson is over the moon. When there is death, there is life.
Congrats to them both πŸ™‚

sat on

All the best to the new family!!!! Congrats!!!

momto3 on

Congrats to the new parents! How wonderful!

Good thing no one’s opinion but the parent’s matters! Who cares if you think naming a child after their parent is favorable. I don’t get why you people get on here and have nothing positive to say over a BABY! Get a life. I hate it when I read someone’s post saying they don’t think this or that baby is not cute, or that you don’t like the name. Really—it’s not like your opinion’s count one little iota to the parents. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all, how about that?

Holly on

Sooo happy for her to have such joy after all she’s been through! I also like how she has tried to keep her private life as private as possible.

Jessi on


Amanda on

Wonderful news. And just to make this simple. It is nobody’s business what her and her husband name their child.
And for all we know the baby could go by his middle name Daniel. I know several people you give the father’s name as the baby’s first name but call the baby by his middle name.

But really who cares, seriously. That woman has had to endure so much tragedy in her life. I am so grateful that she had a healthy pregnancy and delivery and has a healthy child. Stress, especially traumatic stress like that could have done serious damage to her pregnancy. All the best to her and her family.

TheFirstPositiveHolly on

And we should know? I think the name Hannah is fine. Anywho, I don’t really like the whole Jr. thing. I think that maybe she didn’t want to name him after any of her relatives, maybe it’s too painful for her. I believe Jennifer Hudson is trying to “start” her life over a little bit. She wants to try and think of other things beside her mother and nephew. I think that this baby has helped a little bit but not a ton. I believe this baby is gonna be beautiful, congrats to David and Jennifer on this new addition in their family. Maybe they will even take David Jr. down the aisle with them? I know Mary Rasjub took Valentine or something. Well good luck to this wonderful couple I hope this baby will help bring some joy into their troubled lifes. (Or at least Jennifer’s troubled life) I hope all goes well. May god bless the Hudson-Otungas. I’m so happy for them! Good luck! May god bless this family; may these two wonderful adults know about the blessings of parenthood. Once again, good luck!

mrs darcy on

Congrats to Jennifer & David!
She is such a fine lady.

Best wishes to the new family!

emma on

Congrats Jennifer. David is a lovely name.

Michelle on

Jennifer lost her mother, brother and nephew to the hands of her killer brother-in-law. The amount of agony she has had to endure this past year, none of us can even comprehend. Maybe David wanted a son named after him, maybe Jennifer has always wanted to name her son David and her husband has the same name and she figured she would make her baby a Jr. We will never know, nor does it really matter. What matters most is that little David Daniel made into this world healthy and Mom and baby are doing well surrounded by intense love. In a land where kids are named everything from Pilot Moxie Crimefighter…David Daniel is a great confident name. Plus his is named after his father…the one who helped get him here!! Congrat’s Jennifer and David on your new bundle of joy..may your family have nothing but love and many blessings in the future! πŸ™‚

Micheley on

Its not our business what Jennifer names her baby, but the point of being able to comment is for people to share their opinion and as long as they are doing it respectfully then whats the problem. So people are saying they aren’t fond of Jr. names, who cares. As long as they aren’t bashing or being rude I don’t see the problem. This is supposed to be a place of discussion and personal opinion. If its not then ‘Submit Comment’ should not be an option.

maggie on

congrats jen and david for their baby boy! i think that the name is great even if it is a jr but at least they didn’t name the kid
pilot inspector or any other crazy celeb baby name.

Eve White on

I agree, it is her business, she can name the baby anything she wants. God Bless her and her family.

angela on

i am happy for jennifer and david!

Lola Marie on

Yay for J-Hud. Congrats on this new life. I assumed she’d somehow incorporate either her mom, Julian or her brother’s name into her baby’s name.

Lilly on

What is it with people slagging off the name choices and even bringing in other celeb baby names into the discussion?!

Surely the most important thing here is that after her awful year, something really WONDERFUL has happened. Name choices are the least important thing. Congrats to them. Welcome to the world, baby David! πŸ™‚

TMia on

Congratulations and tons of happy wishes to Jennifer and David…and their little addition David Daniel. I’m sure they are over the moon and delighted with their new baby! I hope we’ll see pics but seeing how private she’s been, we’ll be hoping for a long time, lol.

Alice on

Geat for Jennifer! Congratulations on their baby son and on keeping their privacy when they needed it. The only reasn I (and just me eh, Jennifer does what she wants) am not a fan of the Jr. thing is that I would find it weird to have two people named the same in my house! πŸ˜‰ Every time I’d talk about them I’d have to say which it is.
Welcome little David! I don’t think we’ll see his pretty little face anytime soon though!

Elzbieta on

Why in the heck would she name her kids after her deceased family? I dunno, when people do this symbolic naming it just seems kind of futile to ME(IMO). Like someone already said, they aren’t in jeopardy of being forgotten, and there’s more than one way of honoring someone.

Mary-Helen on

Congrats to Jennifer Hudson and her fiance on the birth of her son! I imagine he will be a beautiful child and while I know she kept mum on the pregnancy, I hope we can see the little boy.

Sarah M. on

I have a cousin David Chadwick (he just goes by Chadwick), an uncle David on my dad’s side, an uncle-by-marriage on my dad’s side, another cousin named Scott David (his dad is my uncle-by-marriage David). So needless to say, there are lots of David’s in my family! I like the name!!

Congratulations to the whole family and many blessings!

Kelly on

After all she’s been though I’m glad she’s a Mom and happy again. Congradulations to her and her hubby!

Me on

I think it’s wonderful that she has a healthy baby boy! I hope this new life will bring her joy and happiness as she continues to mourn the tragic loss of her family members. I hope this baby brings nothing but smiles and laughter to her!

As far as the name goes, I think it’s an honor to be named after a family member. It’s a tradition in my family to name the first born son after the father in some way. Typically the father’s first name is used as the son’s middle name. I happen to love my husband’s middle name and will be using that as our son’s first name!

Either way, this is probably the happiest Jennifer has been since her loss, why can’t you all just be happy for her without picking apart her every choice? Give the poor woman a break already! It’s so disgusting that you people always have to find SOMETHING to complain about. Is it that difficult to take something for what it is and just be happy? Does your opinion have to be stated on EVERYTHING? She’s just lost 3 members of her family, including her mother. Give her a break already.

kaela on

Wow, I can always expect a fiery debate on this blog. LOL! All I want to say is congrats to the new parents!

JMO on

I’m going to make sure before I name my child I come here for everyone’s advice!!

Jane on

Jennifer a horrible nightmare less than a year ago. She now has a someone (her new son) to love and ease that pain she is more than most likely feeling still. This birth is such a positive life event, why can’t those who are ripping the name apart, leave their negative comments out of this. Just wish the couple congratulations and be done with it.

Brianne on

Congratulations, Jennifer and David! I’m sure that you’re elated and feeling like you’re on Cloud 9 right now! Little David Jr. will bring so much joy into your lives! I can’t wait to see pictures! Once again, congrats on your bundle of joy!!!

Tina. on

Hannah has every right to express her opinion, i think we all thought that the baby was going to be named after her deceased relatives, but at the same time it was kinda rude of her to say that. if that is what she wants to name her baby that should be okay with everybody. dont worry Hannah! i like your name πŸ™‚ God bless you Jennifer, David and David Jr.

Mary-Helen on

I think I would rather name my child after a living relative than a dead one. My daughter’s middle names came from relatives, but they have their own first name. I don’t know why but naming a child after a deceased relative gives me the heebie jeebies. My sister in law insists that all of her children must be named after dead relatives to honour them, but it’s not for me. It can seem like you are trying to bring that person back to life or something. I understand it’s to each their own, but that’s just my take on it.

I’m not into Jr’s either though but I think David Daniel is just such a nice, masculine name I would probably use it for a Jr as well. I think he is going to be a beautiful child and I hope she allows us to see him.

shalay on

“Congrats to them but could they not think up a better name?”

Hannah, everyone is entitled to have their opinions on names, but there is a time and place for everything. Honestly, I find your statement incredibly distasteful. Congrats to them, BUT…

Seriously? How about just saying congrats, and leaving it at that. We’re talking about a woman who less than a year ago lost her mother, brother, and nephew in a massacre. Why don’t we save the nitpicking for another time and focus on the positive, for once?

Oh, and just so you know, I’m also not a fan of the whole junior thing. But my husband is. Actually, it’s incredibly important to him, as his name has been passed down for many generations. I never in a million years thought I would name my son after his father, but it’s something that’s much more important to my husband than it is to me. And it’s a sacrifice I will gladly make when the time comes. No one has any idea where people are coming from when they make certain decisions, so it’s probably best not to jump to conclusions.

Mia on

Just for the record-there are many cultures that name someone for a dead relative because that is seen as the greatest honor + way of keeping their memory alive-In Jewish culture you name someone for a deceased relative, by either naming them the same name or more commonly the same letter of the name (as, “for”, them). In other cultures-like Greek culture-you name someone after the parent. It all depends on the culture.

I personally don’t understand why you would name somebody after someone that is still living, because that person is still alive + plus I would mostly think it would be way more confusing, where if you name someone for somebody that has passed-you can keep their memory alive even if they are not there, but to each their own.

CelebBabyLover on

Congrats to Jennifer and David Sr.! I have to admit that I’m not overly fond of the Jr. thing, either. I would think it would get confusing to have two people with the same name in the same house. I’m not against naming a child after a parent, but I’m much more a fan of doing it the way my paternal grandparents and parents did: My grandparents gave my father his dad’s first name as his middle name, and my parents, in turn, gave my brother OUR father’s first name as his middle name. πŸ™‚

Anyway, that’s just MY opinion. If Jennifer wants her baby to be a Jr., that’s HER decision and I’m not going to judge her. πŸ™‚

Whitney Sterk on

just a quick response for those who don’t like naming children after relatives that have passed or for those thinking it was “too painful” to name a child after those who have passed: In the Jewish faith it is an insult to name a child after a living relative but other religions (especially catholics) always have many family members with the same names. So take that information into consideration before complaining about a pretty normal name.(yes it’s bland but so what).

SAR on

That is wonderful news! I’m very happy for Jennifer and David Sr.

ciel on


Tiffany on

Congrats to Jennifer, David and little David Jr.

You deserve all of the happiness in the world!!

babyboopie on

Congratulations to the happy parents! A thought has just occured to me- the baby is called David Junior, and so if what if they call him Junior which sounds like Julian, her nephew? She may have named her son sort of indirectly after her nephew. I may be talking rubbish but if this helps….

Hannah on

Chicki – for your information Hannah was my grandmother’s name. I added it as a middle name when she died. So my parents didn’t name me that but because she was important to me, I wanted to honour her by taking on her name. Sorry it isn’t to your liking but do you have to be so rude and juvenile? I was merely stating my opinion and unlike you, with no malice.

Now I never said I didn’t like the name, I just don’t like the “tradition” of naming sons after their parents especially in cases such as these where the whole name is the same. I just don’t see the point. A lot of people I know give their names as middle names to their children which I think is sweet.

Furthermore, I did not expect Jennifer to name her son after her nephew literally but I did think she would reference them in some way. I mean it’s a fairly common practice. Our family went through a similar thing and my Uncle gave his son a middle name which means “Now I can smile again” and I can’t wait for the day my cousin grows up and inquires about his name and we tell the reason.

Anyhoo, sorry if I caused offence but maybe now you see where I’m coming from.

Hannah Out.

Silvermouse on

LOL at JMO’s remark. (hopefully it was sarcastic?) I cannot believe that there’s so much hype about the name. Congratulations to both Jennifier and David :-).

nettrice on

Otunga is bland now? My name is a combo of two bland names which makes it not bland. LOL

btw – My sister is named after an instrument and was made fun of by both teachers and students during her early school years.

I think folks need to ‘get up off of’ names, wish them well, and move on!

gaia's mom on

Some of this seems a little hypocritical. How can a person dislike the juniors thing but not mind the kid being named after and aunt, grandmother, passed neice? What is the difference aside from the relative?

Jo on

I have never liked the Jr thing. I think it is vain to name a child after yourself. Give the kid an identity of their own!

Congrats to Jennifer on giving birth, now maybe she will wear pants again.

Cassie on

Congrats Jennifer!!!

aroundtheywaygirl on

Congratulations, Jennifer. I am absolutely thrilled you and David and little David. May you have all the peace, love, and happiness your heart and hands can hold.

Jana on

Jo, can you get any more rude? I’m all for freedom of speech but “maybe you will wear pants again” is uncalled for. Is this something you would say to Jennifer’s face? Amazing how some people dish out crude comments hiding behind their computers using a screen name that shields their true identity and declare freedom to state what they want but these same people wouldn’t dare say half of these disgusting things in person to someone’s face. Grow up!

Carla on

My heart felt wishes for abundant JOY, for Jennifer and her family.

FC on

Congrats to Jennifer and David on their son David Jr. πŸ™‚

Robin on

My GOODNESS!!! People aren’t EVER satisfied! Jennifer and David chose a perfectly normal name for their child and they get people complaining about it! If they had named him something wacky and off the wall people would have complained too! Boy am I glad I’m not a celebrity- I would hate to have the names my husband and I have picked out for our future children picked at like this! It’s a no win situation.

To Jennifer and David- congratulations on the birth of David Daniel Jr. I am sure he is beautiful!

melania on

I can’t wait to see pictures of the baby. Jennifer still has a baby face (imo), so I can totally picture what the baby will look like. That is- if he looks like her. I like the name choice. Wonder if she will call him David Daniel or just David or something else?

millie on

I dont get why its ok to name your kid after some other relative but not their daddy? He’s going to be one of the two biggest influences in the babe’s life why not name him (baby) after his dad?

Also, where i come from its quite common to do that, but call them something slightly different. So the baby might be Davey or D.J and Dad will be David, so no one will get confused. Like in the Soparno’s: Tony and AJ. Simples =D

I’d also like to add my congratulations to Jen.

mp on

I hope this baby helps heal his mom’s wounded heart.

sarah on

Jennifer made a beautiful expectant mom and now I’m sure shes an even more beautiful mother. What a blessed and beautiful family

Mia on

I personally don’t like the Jr. thing, as somebody said, because its like the child doesn’t have their own identity, whether its naming the son after the father, or the daughter after the mother..etc. Also, it would just be way too confusing.

And it’s a big difference naming a child for/or someone another family member, or even after the father, if they have passed away + its in “honor” for them.

It’s just a matter of opinion + what cultural traditions you follow by.

CelebBabyLover on

Jana- I agree! Also, what’s wrong with wearing dresses or skirts?

Jo on

Jana, I would say it to her face, someone actually needs to. I have no problem with pregnant women wearing dresses or skirts. I have a problem when those items show their dang crotch b/c they are so short! Have some respect! If you don’t have any for yourself then at least have it for other people. Who the heck wants to see that??

Oh and by the way this is my real name so why don’t you grow up and realize people can say what they want. There is no way in hell I am going to live my life screening all my comments by you!

Philippa on

Congratulations to Jennifer and David. Great for her to be blessed with a healthy baby after the terrible time she’s been through, but of course incredibly sad that her mother will never see the baby 😦
As for the name, I don’t like the whole jr. thing either, but David Daniel is a fine name, nice and normal. And who knows, since the father goes by David, perhaps they’ll call the baby by his middle name to avoid confusion. Either way, it’s great news πŸ˜€

Kimaya on

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the name. She could have done worse or this might be under certain circumstances. She might have had so many options she didn’t know what to do. Their baby is THEIR baby. I don’t know why we care… we just do anyway, it’s her choice. Chicki, you aren’t the sharpest tool in the shed. If Hannah’s parents named her Hannah, SHE might have been named after her. Why does she have to be forced to name someone after someone. HUH? It’s a normal name and as I said before, she could have done worse.

CelebBabyLover on

Jo- WOW! You are just as entitled to your opinion as the rest of us, but you did not have to get so nasty about it! Fine if you didn’t like the dresses Jennifer wore during pregnancy. However, Jana and I (along with possibly some of the other commentors), don’t see a problem with her dresses, and we have just as much of a right to that opinion as you do to yours.

Also, after all that Jennifer has been through in the past year, I don’t think any of us have the right to criticize her. Jennifer, if you’re reading this, stay strong, girl!