‘American Idol’ notes: Jennifer Hudson breakup woes, Jordin Sparks married and pregnant

GLENDALE, AZ – SEPTEMBER 25: Singer Jordin Sparks takes a selfie with a fan before the start of the NFL game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 25, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Posted Friday, November 17, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Jordin Sparks is not only secretly married but pregnant, according to E! News.

She married 25-year-old Dana Isaiah July 16. Her first child is expected to arrive in the spring of 2018.

The couple eloped on vacation in Hawaii with a small group of friends. The 27-year-old season 6 “American Idol” winner previously dated Jason DeRulo.

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NEW YORK, NY – MAY 08: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS. SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Actress and singer Jennifer Hudson (R), David Otunga and David Otunga, Jr. exit the stage door of ‘The Color Purple’ at Bernard Jacobs Theater on May 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

Jennifer Hudson and her long-time fiance David Otunga have broken up after a decade.

The couple never got married.

A spokeswoman for Hudson offered this statement: “Today, Jennifer requested and received a protective order against her ex-fiance. Jennifer’s actions are solely taken in the best interest of their son 8-year-old David Daniel Otunga Jr.”

To People magazine, Otunga sent out this response, saying she made this move to try to keep him from getting primary custody.

“David Otunga has been trying to negotiate the terms of an amicable parenting agreement with Ms. Hudson for several weeks now,” the statement read. ““However, when it became apparent to Ms. Hudson that Mr. Otunga would be the parent granted residential care of the child, as a result of Mr. Otunga being the child’s primary caregiver while Ms. Hudson pursues her career all over the world, Ms. Hudson decided to file a meritless Petition for Order of Protection in an effort to gain an unfair advantage in the custody dispute.”

“As a result of Mr. Otunga’s career in the WWE,” statement continued, “Ms. Hudson felt that she could give an award winning performance in court to portray herself as the victim. Mr. Otunga has never abused or harassed Ms. Hudson or their son, and it is unfortunate, especially in today’s climate, that she would feel the need to make these false allegations against him. Mr. Otunga looks forward to his day in court and in being awarded the residential care of the parties’ only child.”

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NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 08: Host Carrie Underwood performs onstage at the 51st annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Carrie Underwood had surgery on her broken wrist on Tuesday, four days after taking a fall on her steps outside her Nashville home last week.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 30: Singer David Archuleta attends the third annual Tyler Robinson Foundation gala benefiting families affected by pediatric cancer at Caesars Palace on September 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

David Archuleta, now 26, came out with a new album recently after a long hiatus. He spoke with the Salt Lake Tribune about his life in Nashville and how he’s matured. He provided nothing remotely sounding like dirt. Come on – it’s David Archuleta!

While he’s doing more singer-songwriter work, he said his current record is not a Christian album per se.

“I think I’ve definitely grown up. I was 16 when I started getting publicity, when people started watching to the degree that it was with ‘American Idol.’ It happened so quickly and I still didn’t know who I wanted to be,” Archuleta said. “I think a lot of that was I was a very conservative person, I was a very introverted person. … To be in a world where I had to be ‘on’ all the time, and all of a sudden to feel like I couldn’t be myself or people weren’t going to like me or watch me … I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I don’t know how to do this!’ … It was really overwhelming.”


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