Jennifer Hudson and David Otunga reach temporary agreement to give ex-fiance primary custody of their son
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/28/2017
Jennifer Hudson and her ex-fiance David Otunga are apparently working towards an amicable arrangement regarding their young son.
The Voice coach, 36, and Otunga, 37, have reached a temporary agreement in their split that gives Otunga primary custody of eight-year-old David Jr., TMZ reported.
Hudson has also reportedly dropped the protective order she had been granted against Otunga earlier this month. She claimed at the time it was in "the best interest of their son" to keep Otunga away from him.
Otunga, a former wrestler, will therefore reportedly take care of the couple's child the majority of the time as Hudson travels back and forth from the UK to the United States.
Hudson is currently splitting her time flying behind-and-forth between London, where she serves as a coach on The Voice UK, and Los Angeles, where she's participating in The Voice's thirteenth season alongside fellow coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Miley Cyrus.
Otunga has been his son's primary caregiver since birth due to the singer and actress' hectic schedule, according to TMZ, so the situation will remain the same until he and Hudson write up a formal custody agreement.
Hudson, a former third-season American Idol finalist, and Otunga -- who competed on VH1's I Love New York 2 and finished as its second runner-up -- began dating in 2008, and Otunga reportedly proposed marriage only a few months into their relationship.
The pair later welcomed David Jr. in August 2009.
When news of the split and protective order first surfaced, Otunga's attorney Tracy M. Rizzo issued a media statement.
"Hudson decided to file a meritless Petition for Order of Protection in an effort to gain an unfair advantage in the custody dispute," said Rizzo, and as a result of Otunga's career in the WWE, Hudson "felt that she could give an award-winning performance in court to portray herself as the victim."
Rizzo insisted Otunga has never harmed, harassed or abused David Jr., and that Hudson's allegations were simply "false."