Tyler Perry: "It's a Very Difficult Time for" Jennifer Hudson

Celebrity News Feb. 19, 2009 AT 1:30PM
tyler perry and jennifer hudson Tyler Perry attends a screening of Tyler Perry's "Madea Goes to Jail" on February 18, 2009 in New York City. Jennifer Hudson poses in the press room at the 40th NAACP Image Awards on February 12, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Soul Brother/Film Magic; Jason LaVeris/Film Magic

Jennifer Hudson has returned to the spotlight in recent weeks, but she is still mourning the loss of her loved ones -- including her late brother, Jason, who would have celebrated his 30th birthday on Tuesday. "It's a very difficult time for her. Her brother's birthday was yesterday," Tyler Perry told Usmagazine.com on Wednesday.

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Hudson's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew were killed in Chicago last fall, and the filmmaker believes that Hudson -- who has made her first public appearances since their deaths this month -- will continue to rise above the tragedy. "What I know about her, is her faith will clearly help her to rebound," he tells Us. "As you can see on the Grammys, it was a faith moment for her that made her be emotional. But she's doing well."

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Perry would love to work with Hudson -- along with Gladys Knight, Marvin Winans and Mary J. Blige -- on his next project. Although he has approached the Grammy winner, Perry is willing to wait for the star. "I just want her to know that whether she does it or not, I'll always be there waiting for her, and in support of her," he told Us at the premiere of his film, Madea Goes to Jail, in NYC's Lincoln Center.

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