March 9th, 2011
06:30 PM ET
Jennifer Hudson flaunts her new, attention-getting figure on the April cover of Essence, but the singer/actress admits she wasn't aware until recently that her sleek physique was such a weighty issue.
"I didn't realize that so many people were watching me or that so many people were interested," says the Weight Watchers spokesperson, who has shed approximately 80 pounds. "Now people come up to me saying, 'You've inspired me,' and I'm like, Wow."
All eyes may be on Hudson, but her focus remains on her family: fiancé David Otunga and their 19-month-old son David. "I want to be just as dedicated as a wife as I am to my career or to who I am," she tells Essence. "I don't want to do anything and just be halfway in it. If I'm going to be a wife, I'm going to be a wife. I want to be all in."
The same applies to motherhood. Hudson, whose mother, brother, and nephew were murdered in 2008, says she hopes to follow her mom's example in raising her little boy.
"My wish is to be at least half as good as my mother was, as patient and as loving as she was, and to just give that to my son," she says.
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