Actress Jennifer Hudson buys assistant a house for Christmas

Fri Jan 3, 2014 4:55pm EST

Singer Jennifer Hudson arrives at the 41st American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Singer Jennifer Hudson arrives at the 41st American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 24, 2013.

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(Reuters) - The gift of a house brought a whole new meaning to the song "I'll Be Home for Christmas" for actress and singer Jennifer Hudson's long-time friend and assistant, Walter Williams.

A video posted on the Oscar-winning star's Instagram account on Tuesday, showed Williams screaming with joy and enthusiastically hugging Hudson after she handed him what appeared to be the deed to a house.

"My assistant Walter's reaction when he found out I was buying him a house for Christmas!" Hudson wrote as a caption to the video, which had 17,300 likes on Friday.

Hudson, 32, whose agent was not immediately available for comment, launched her career as a contestant on Fox's "American Idol." She went on to win a Grammy for her debut album and an Academy Award for her role in the 2006 film "Dreamgirls" before famously losing 80 pounds after joining Weight Watchers.

Hudson, who grew up in Chicago, said in a 2011 interview with the LGBT magazine The Advocate that she and Williams have been friends since they were both in the sixth grade.

The location of the home she purchased for Williams was not immediately known.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Dilts; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Gunna Dickson)

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Comments (3)
JamVee wrote:
Family and Friends . . . , that’s what life is all about! When you are on your deathbed, it wont be your money that is holding your hand.

Jan 05, 2014 8:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
jareal333 wrote:
Super cool.

Jan 05, 2014 8:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Overcast451 wrote:
That’s pure awesome.

And yes, that’s right – it’s about family and ‘others’ in general too.

Little story that’s true; that I’ve told my kids and even myself.. I learned from it, even more than I thought I would.

Years ago, I found about $500.00 in cash in a small change purse. To make the story short – I gave it back to the lady who lost it. I didn’t have to, otherwise.

But either way now… the money is gone. Had I taken it – the money would be gone by now anyway.

But the result of me doing the right thing – is that it’s a good story I can tell to educate my children. I sleep well at night; never lost a minute over that.

Had I taken the money – it would still be gone and a shame I’d have to live with.

Particularly – when I found out what the purpose of the money was. “Grandma” was Christmas shopping for her grandkids – the mother of the children had a bad disease and couldn’t do it herself. It was all the money this poor lady had saved over a year – because it might be their last Christmas together.

I’m glad I found it that day.

Money is replaceable – people and family are not. No matter what happen in life now Jennifer will always feel good about what she has done.

Jan 08, 2014 9:43am EST  --  Report as abuse
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