Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Jennifer Hudson is kicking off 20-14 in a major way.  The multi-award winning singer-actress appears on the January issue of ESSENCE and we must say Miss Hudson is doin the damn thang.

With a fierce caption reading, “I know who I am and I got this,” Hudson returns to the music scene with a new attitude, a new look and a new album. Inside, the R&B/pop diva dishes about her latest film roles (she had three in 2013), her personal growth and her relationship with fiancé David Otunga.

Check out a few interview highlights below:

Hudson on playing anti-apartheid leader Winnie Mandela:

I was so nervous about doing a good job that I started working on the accent a couple of months before I even got there.

Hudson on growing up:

I spent my twenties figuring out what I wanted to do, and trying everything. But by 30, my foundation was set. I became confident and clear about the path I wanted to take … Now I’ve really settled into myself. And I’m stronger than I’ve ever been.

Hudson of her relationship with Otunga:

I just love being with him. We have so much fun. We’ve shared so many special moments, like when we flew down to Key West last summer for a friend’s wedding. I’m on the road so much for work that I didn’t even want to go…but David persuaded me to go and it was just the two of us. We’re usually surrounded by so many people that it’s tough to have privacy. But on this trip we could party with our friends, then just disappear for hours…it was so freaking fun.

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Pick up your copy of ESSENCE today!

Sources: THH and TSR

Photo Credit: Facebook/Jennifer Hudson