Jennifer Hudson Ends 10-Year Engagement To David Otunga, Receives Protective Order

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Jennifer Hudson and David Otunga have called it quits after a 10-year engagement. The reason for the split has not yet been publicized, but it has been reported by PEOPLE that their relationship has been over for some time now.

“They have been in the process of ending their relationship for a number of months,” Hudson’s rep tells PEOPLE exclusively in a statement.

The couple share David Otunga, Jr., age 8, and are actively pursuing legal remedies on custodial rights. “Today, Jennifer requested and received a protective order against her ex-fiancé. Jennifer’s actions are solely taken in the best interest of their son,” the statement concluded.

David is certainly not taking this custody fight and protective order lying down. In a statement made by his attorney, Tracy M. Rizzo, he has stated unequivocally that he has never “abused or harassed” Jennifer, and has been “trying to negotiate the terms of an amicable parenting agreement for several weeks.”

“Mr. Otunga has never abused or harassed Ms. Hudson or their son, and it is unfortunate, especially in today’s climate, that she would feel the need to make these false allegations against him. Mr. Otunga looks forward to his day in court and in being awarded the residential care of the parties’ only child,” the statement continues.

“However, when it became apparent to Ms. Hudson that Mr. Otunga would be the parent granted residential care of the child, as a result of Mr. Otunga being the child’s primary caregiver while Ms. Hudson pursues her career all over the world, Ms. Hudson decided to file a meritless Petition for Order of Protection in an effort to gain an unfair advantage in the custody dispute.”

This doesn’t look good. Here’s to hoping they work things out for the best interest of their son.

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