Singer Jennifer Hudson has been engaged to retired WWE wrestler David Otunga for almost nine years and, in all that time, many have wondered why the pair have yet to walk down the aisle. In a new interview to promote her upcoming judging stint on “The Voice UK,” Hudson gave an answer to that question.
On Thursday, Jan. 5, after speaking about her experience on “The Voice” and her weight loss, Hudson told the panel of British talk show “Loose Women” that she isn’t worried about Otunga going anywhere after all these years.
“I mean, I feel like everything is about timing and our timing … He ain’t going nowhere,” the 35-year-old says, pointing to a photo of the couple behind her. “You see he’s still there. He can wait.”
The pair got engaged on Sept. 12, 2008, Hudson’s 27th birthday. They also have a son together, 7-year-old David Otunga Jr. If it were up to their son, the Oscar winner may have married the Harvard Law graduate already, but Hudson explained the public already pictured them riding off into the sunset.
“Everyone has married us off anyway and we’re still a family, but there’s no difference,” she said.
When a panel member brought up the potential fear for the relationship ending soon after marriage, Hudson explained her thought process.
“I’m a believer [in] you do well and better with what you want to do vs. what you have to do,” she said. “It’s like, I’m here because I want to be, not because I have to be. As soon as we have to do something, we don’t want to do it no more.”
This is not the first time Hudson has addressed her long engagement to 36-year-old Otunga.
The “American Idol” alum also addressed the issue more directly on “The Wendy Williams Show” in 2014.
“The ring is still there and we will get married one day. But again, my thing is, once I get married, I don’t believe in divorce,” Hudson explained. “And so, when I get married, its for good. We want to be completely sure we’re together, we’re happy.”
Hudson and Otunga have a long ways to go, however, if they plan to match TV mogul and billionaire Oprah Winfrey and longtime fiancé Steadman Graham. Those two have been together 30 years without ever marrying.