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Jennifer Hudson 'Forgives' Man Who Killed Her Family

Star says she feels part of the crime was not her brother-in-law's fault...

Jennifer Hudson has sensationally claimed that she has forgiven her brother-in-law for murdering her mother, brother and nephew.

During an interview on Oprah Winfrey's Next Chapter, the former American Idol star has broken her silence for the first time since William Balfour received three life sentences for the killings back in July.

When asked by Winfrey if she forgives Balfour for his crimes, Hudson replied: "Yes, because I feel like for the most part it's not his fault.

"It's how he was brought up. We tried to offer love, but you were so far gone, that you couldn't even see that."

She continued: "A lot of things came out, that we didn't even know about, from his upbringing, which is like he never had a chance.

"Had you had the love my mother gave us, or the background that some have, then you would've stood a chance."

The Dreamgirls actress went on to reveal that she did not know what to feel after learning of the murders in Chicago, explaining to Winfrey: "There were so many shocks involved in it. Like, who do I grieve for first? Or, who do I start with?

"It's bits and pieces. It's too much. You're confused. Your emotions are confused."