Jennifer Hudson set to marry childhood sweetheart

25 year-old Jennifer Hudson has a boyfriend from her hometown who has patiently stood by her throughout her skyrocketing career. She calls James or “Jamie” Payton her “childhood sweetheart” and says “He’s seen it all and been through it all with me. I’m the dreamer, and he supports my dreams – always has. He’s happy to be my rock and let me fly and I couldn’t ask for anything more than that.”

Hudson is said to have promised Payton that she would marry him if she won an Oscar, and now these two may tie the knot by the end of the year.

The Academy Award winner made a vow to James Payton – her boyfriend of eight years – that she would marry him if she captured the Oscar for best supporting actress.

The down-to-earth star has agreed to walk down the aisle with the Chicago maintenance engineer by New Year’s.

[From The National Enquirer print edition, March 12, 2007]

I bet she will marry him. Most young women would move on to Hollywood types after hitting it big, but Hudson tries to remain true to the people she loves and to herself. She recently turned down a movie role paying $3 million because the film featured nudity – but not from her character!

Someone is out to get Hudson. People are up in arms over TMZ’s negative portrayal of Hudson. Some say they’re trying to smear her by continually reporting that she’s ungrateful to idol and by only showing Simon treating her well on the show when he in fact criticized her weight in a clip they cut off to just show the positive parts. Hudson is also said to have praised American Idol in a Diane Sawyer interview, and to have credited her career to Idol despite Simon dissing her for supposedly downplaying it. [via Oh No They Didn't]

Now there’s a doubtful quote from Hudson saying she didn’t thank Burger King for her career, so why should she thank American Idol? Since there was just a story about how Hudson chatted with Burger King workers and told them she used to work there, too, I think someone made up that quote. It doesn’t sound like her at all: “If I’d been any better at my job when I was at Burger King in my middle teens I wouldn’t be here either, so should I thank them too?”

Here’s Hudson at the Soul Train Awards on 3/10. [via]

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  1. kikistar says:

    One word to say : CONGRATS!
    That’s definitely her year!!

  2. just me says:

    Let me guess they can finally aford to have their dream wedding with her money right? I would wait because she is still very young and has her whole life ahead of her. Who knows, this might not really be the man for her. Oh well, good luck.

  3. Jaja says:

    I fear J. Hud is becoming a bit OVEREXPOSED.

  4. Whatev! says:

    Look at Idol trying to stir up controversy to keep their buzz strong. I’ve only seen a few episodes of that pathetic show, and it confuses me as to why it is so popular amongst Americans. Then I remember that McDonald’s is one of the most popular restaurants, and I remember that America LOVES CRAP! F ‘em J.Hud. You got your lucky break and have managed to push yourself through. Keep going. As for “overexposure”, that term more aptly applies to J.Lo in her Puffy/Bennifer days, and Beyonce Knowles for the last two years.

  5. MaiGirl says:

    Good for her for finding a good man. I agree that the media is making a mountain out of a molehill. I was also confused by all the claims that Simon supported her, when I distinctly remember him criticizing her quite harshly. And why should she thank them in her acceptance speeches? She has called AI a stepping stone, which is generous in my opinion.

  6. Yeah what says:

    She is nowhere near overexposed whatev, this is just HER YEAR. So shut up and enjoy the ride, unless you’re one of the haterz! She is classy, big and beautiful and deserves all of her blessings.

    I must say tho, that her stylist needs his/her a-S-S wooped for the one awful flaw that is made each and every time with her damn shoes!!! so fix it U wannabe stylist

  7. alice says:

    i dont think that she deserved an oscar.

  8. Gigohead says:

    Good for her that she has a good man. Men in Hollywood are looking for their next “meal”. Hey..I watch “I love New York” on VH1.

  9. Kim says:

    EW! The stretch marks on her boobs are awful. *shudder*

  10. anonymous says:

    Black love is beautiful!!!

  11. Alana says:

    aww i think that is sooo nice cuz its hard 2 find men in hollywood am really hapie 4 her

  12. Chikinana says:

    ppl shuld just stop hatin cuse its all about jennifer now she big..beautiful..and bootylicious big pplz r taking over hollywood!!

  13. chi-chi says:

    Look here, Jennifer Hudson is the most beautiful girl I know on the inside and out. People need to stop hatin on her just cuz she got an oscar. So what, she did deserve and oscar. She brings joy to me & i always tear up at the end of the movie. People all im saying is stop hating. And anyone that calls her fat is a lie. I’d rather be her size anyday.

  14. kate says:

    I think Jennifer is gorgeous, sweet and talented! Some people who hate on her are jealous, but some probably just think she didn’t deserve it. However, if you saw Dreamgirls and studied her performance, you’ll see that she was amazing!! She perfectly captured both the toughness and the vulnerability Effie represented, and none of the other women up for Best Supporting Actress could compare. I’m so glad she’s stood by her man, many would move on, but she knows that love is more important than money or fame! I wish she would have made it farther in Idol, but she’s gone on to do bigger and better things! As to her appearance, I think she has a beautiful shape and her face is absolutely flawless! Someone commented about her stretch marks – yeah? So what? Don’t tell me you’ve never seen them before. People get stretch marks when they lose or gain weight for any reason, are stressed, or have certain skin conditions.. whatever her reason, it’s just a part of her, and just because she’s a celebrity, everyone expects what they consider “perfection” – the Jennifer Aniston type. Tall, thin, blonde, not a hair out of place, cutesy and all-american. Personally, I’m sick of that, and I admire Jennifer more than most of the women in Hollywood nowadays. Jennifer, congratulations! You deserved the Oscar, and I hope you have a happy life! There are great things ahead for you .