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Hudson Expecting First Baby

Jun 01, 2009 | 3:33am EDT

Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is pregnant with her first child, according to a longtime friend.

The singer/actress has been laughing off baby rumors for weeks after Essence magazine alleged the 27-year-old and her fiancé David Otunga were expecting.

But Hudson has shared the happy news with close friends -- and even threw a baby shower at a relative's Chicago home on Saturday to celebrate, according to the star's friend Felicia Fields.

She tells the Chicago Tribune newspaper, “It was a baby shower, a quiet gathering of friends and mostly family. They’re really trying to keep it kind of quiet. It was a nice time that we had.”

But Hudson is determined to keep the sex of the baby a secret -- with guests at the party lavishing her with neutral-colored gifts. Fields adds, "They don't know (the gender)."

Hudson, who is reportedly seven months pregnant, suffered a family tragedy last October when her mother, brother and young nephew were killed in a triple murder. The singer's mother, Darnell Donerson, and brother, Jason, were found shot dead at their home in Chicago, and the body of her 8-year-old nephew, Julian King, was found in an abandoned car three days later.

The estranged husband of Hudson's sister Julia, William Balfour, has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and home invasion.

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