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Jennifer Hudson says her dad ‘apparently’ had 27 kids: There’s ‘a lot of us’

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Jennifer Hudson got candid about the moment she found out about her 26 brothers and sisters.

During an appearance on Wednesday’s episode of “Your Mama’s Kitchen” podcast, the “Dreamgirls” star recalled learning about her late father Samuel Simpson’s many children as a teenager.

“[There’s] a lot of us. Apparently [my dad] had 27 children,” she told host Michele Norris.

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Jennifer Hudson recalled finding out about her later father Samuel Simpson’s many children. iamjhud/Instagram
Jennifer Hudson and her brother Jason Hudson
“Apparently [my dad] had 27 children,” the “Dream Girls” star said on an episode of “Your Mama’s Kitchen” podcast Wednesday. INFphoto.com

“That’s a lot of children,” Hudson, 42, added. “I’ve never met all of them, but that’s the thing. I’m a family person, and so when I turned 16, I’m like, I want to go find, Sam is what we call him, and I want to meet all my siblings.”

She continued, “It was my dream to have all of us at this grand Thanksgiving or Christmas table, and we all sit and eat together. That was my goal at 16.”

The “If This Isn’t Love” songstress explained she was always told her father, who died in 1999, had about 11 girls and 17 boys.

Photos of Julia Hudson
“I’ve never met all of them, but that’s the thing. I’m a family person, and so when I turned 16, I’m like, I want to go find, Sam is what we call him, and I want to meet all my siblings,” she added. MerlinProduction
Photos of Julia Hudson (sister to Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson) taken from her MySpace pages.
Until then, Jennifer only knew about her two siblings, Jason Hudson and Julia Hudson. MerlinProduction

Initially, Jennifer only knew about Samuel’s two shared children with her late mother, Darnell Donerson: Jason Hudson and Julia Hudson.

The matriarch and Jason were shot and killed inside their family’s Chicago, IL, home by Julia’s estranged husband, William Balfour, in Oct. 2008, per CBS.

Before Jason’s death, Jennifer recalled her and her siblings meeting about six or seven other members of their clan.

“I’m the youngest of all of them,” she added.

Darnell Hudson and Jennifer Hudson
The three share the same mom, Darnell Hudson. AFP/Getty Images
Jennifer Hudson
She’s only met about six or seven of her other siblings. Getty Images for GLAAD

The “Giving Myself” singer was raised by her mom before eventually building a relationship with her father.

Jennifer is the mother to 14-year-old son, David Daniel Otunga Jr., whom she shares with ex-fiancé David Otunga. The former couple got together in 2007 and split in 2017.

She’s since moved on with rapper Common.

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