Jennifer Hudson has forgiven her brother-in-law for murdering her family
The 30-year-old singer-and-actress has spoken out for the first time since William Balfour received three life sentences for killing her mother Darnell Donerson, 57, her brother Jason Hudson, 29, and her seven-year-old nephew Julian King on October 24, 2008, but she says it`s "not his fault" that he shot them.
When asked if she forgives him on last night`s (10.09.12) episode of Oprah Winfrey`s chat show `Oprah`s Next Chapter`, she said: "Yes, because I feel like for the most part it`s not his fault.
"It`s how he was brought up. We tried to offer love, but you were so far gone, that you couldn`t even see that.
"A lot of things came out, that we didn`t even know about, from his upbringing, which is like he never had a chance.
"Had you had the love my mother gave us, or the background that some have, then you would`ve stood a chance."
Jennifer is yet to visit the graves of her three murdered relatives, but she is now ready to see their resting place after "justice" was done when 31-year-old Balfour - the estranged husband of Jennifer`s sister Julia - received three life sentences without the possibility of parole and 120 years for other crimes, including aggravated kidnapping, in July.
She added: "I haven`t been to the grave site since we buried them but now I want to go because I feel like okay, we`ve accomplished things.
"We`ve done this. We got justice for you. I can`t come here empty-handed. I came back with justice being served so now I feel like I deserve to be able to see them."
Jennifer admits she was shocked and "confused" when she heard Darnell and Jason had been gunned down in Chicago and she didn`t know who to "grieve for first" when she found out Julian was reported missing from home and then discovered dead in an abandoned SUV days later.
She explained: "There were so many shocks involved in it. Like, who do I grieve for first? Or, who do I start with?
"It`s bits and pieces. It`s too much. You`re confused. Your emotions are confused."