‘I Want To Stand Alone. I’m Pretty Successful In My Own Right.’ David Otunga Talks Being Overshadowed By JHud

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March 22, 2013 ‐ By Jazmine Denise Rogers
Source: Twitter

Source: Twitter

One can only imagine how difficult it is being the significant other of a celebrity as widely known as Jennifer Hudson, especially if that partner has a desire to establish a name for themselves in the spotlight. David Otunga, WWE personality and fiancé to songstress J.Hud recently opened up to the Chicago Tribune about that very subject, while promoting his new movie The Call. The Harvard Law graduate expressed that it is rather challenging living in his famous fiancé’s shadow and that he even had to fight for his own identity as a WWE wrestler because the organization wanted to build his character around Hudson’s celebrity status.

“It’s one of those things they kept bringing up no matter how many times I said, ‘Please don’t mention (Hudson). They kept doing it and it irritated me to the point that I changed my [WWE] character. That’s why I started a new character with a bow tie and coffee mug,’ the lawyer turned reality star said.

“I want to stand alone. I’m pretty successful in my own right. (Jennifer Hudson) still comes up, but what can I do?”

Otunga is also known for his role on VH1 reality show, I Love New York, which he starred in as one of the many men competing for the heart of Tiffany Pollard aka New York. He went on to say that people are really beginning to take notice of him and are seeking to learn more about him.

“People want to know more about me. They want to know who I am. It’s cool to finally have that attention. … That’s something I tried to do from the beginning — to be my own person. I wanted to do different things and try to establish myself. It’s great to get recognized for that.”

Well, I guess you have to respect his honesty.

What do you think of David publicly expressing his desire to step out of Jennifer’s shadow?

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  • omie

    Jealous and fame hore.he wouldn’t be recognized if it wasn’t for Jennifer.he was nothing when he appeared in l love new york.what a waste of a lawyer.

  • Keisha Samoht

    Would you rather them mention you on I Love New York? I know it sucks, but its good u changed your character… become a heel like Triple H. then it really wont happen, they’d be too busy booing you.

  • Color Me Crazy

    He should have have stayed being a lawyer

  • yeppers

    He started off as a Fame hungry reality star…and then hooked up with a Rising star probably HOPING that would catapult the both BUT APPARENTLY IT DIDNT….I dont know about this, It just seems like he resents her star power that HER VOICE gets her, thats her God given talent and destiny to shine. If he finds and reaches for his own, he will have the same thing. He shouldnt diminish his star because hes looking at someone else status. I sense some resentment in those words…I take it their house is not too happy at this point. You cant be with someone who isnt OVER the MOON at your accomplishments the same way you are. They should be a team effort as in you with me makes me strong enough to accomplish these goals, no one needs to have hard feeling about anothers success in a marriage, if they do yall might not need to be married. I SENSE THIS IS THE REASON A FOOT HAS NOT WALKED DOWN AN ISLE YET, AND I WOULDNT PUT IT PAST THEM NOT BEING TOGETHER ANYMORE.

  • Hhmmmm

    They are by far one of the most odd couples. Something about them seems off. I hate to be rude. But its like I dont see a chemistry or spark with them. Like oh yeah my husband or oh yeah my wife. I dont see pics of them smiling looking at one another. I do not see him gushing about his wife. Seems off. Like their demeanor reminds me of Al reynolds and star. Oprah and stedman. You do not sense a warm vibe from them. Its cold and it feels forced. Mariah and Nick are so cute, I can sense their warmth, Jay and Bey try to be so private but you see the freshness and attraction to each other, Swiss seems protective of Alicia Keys, Like usually when people are in love you can just see it. Yes everyone is different but they are really weird to me.

  • Mztisa

    Not everybody can play Steadman… I can dig it!

  • DeAnne

    You were a WWE wrestler and then a reality tv star who lucked up to catch JHud . . . . but you don’t want to be in her shadows? you’re not even in her stratosphere.
    If you don’t want to be in someones shadow you should probably get off of their coat tail, just a thought.

  • Guest360

    And this is why most marriages in Hollywood don’t last. At some point or another, someone is always overshadowed because of the media fixating on the “bigger” name. I think at one point I even heard someone call him Mr. Hudson. HUH?! Hopefully his drive to be independent from Jennifer and her fame doesn’t drive them apart. I think they’re a cute couple who can work through this. Better to be honest about the situation rather than let it breed resentment.

  • autumn

    I would be somewhat turned off for lack of better words if my significant other felt as though I was overshadowing him rather than he looking at me as an amazing woman to have on his side. A relationship should never be a competition as to who is better and or more established than the other. He seems to be seeking attention and acceptance as the article mentioned he is a Harvard grad however, he subjects himself to low budget Vh1 reality shows and WWE wrestling!! President Obama has mentioned on several occasions that his better half is more popular and more well liked than he is. You don’t see him kicking her out of the WH!! Jhud use that voice and speak up…

    • Guest360

      President Obama is….well…the president lol. It’s very easy for him to bolster up his wife given the office he holds. He doesn’t have anyone in his face calling him Mr. Robinson or thinking that the only reason why he’s successful is because of Michelle’s fame. David has no such luxury. When one side of a couple has a bigger name then the other, the media does their best to try to minimize the lesser known was as just “So and so’s boyfriend/fiance/husband” and nothing more. As if they don’t matter as much by themselves. No one likes to be made to feel insignificant whether you’re in love with this person or not.

    • Pivyque

      It didn’t seem like he was looking at it as a competition. It seems like he wants to be known as David and not Mr. Hudson. I love my husband to death, but I don’t want to have no identity outside of him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shawngrandy Shawn Frazier

    If you feel like she’s overshadowing you…don’t mention her in an article/interview. This whole article accomplished exactly what he didn’t want, which kind of defeats the purpose.

  • Sheena

    I think his honesty regarding the situation will be one of the things that can help them through this. Often times people get bitter in this type of situation, he seems to just want to get better.

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