*Jennifer Hudson could care less what people think about her sexuality.
The singer-actress, 32, tells PrideSource’s Chris Azzopardi that she faced lesbian rumors after she appeared on the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards alongside Macklemore and Mary Lambert during a performance of the hit marriage equality anthem, “Same Love.”
“People were like, ‘Is Jennifer trying to tell us something?’ Hey, I wasn’t, but if you wanna think that, it’s all right with me,” she said. “When I got the call [to do that performance], I was like, “Oh my God, I definitely wanna do this. A powerful statement is being made and I wanna be a part of that.”
Nonetheless, Hudson admires “the independence and the confidence” of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
“I’m so inspired by that, and I feel like, for me, that is my connection,” she said. “I’ve never understood, gosh, what does the gay community see in me? You know what I mean? Because again, I grew up around a lot of that and that’s the world that embraced me first, so that I’ve never fully gathered.”
As for the enduring LGBT appeal of her “Dreamgirls” anthem, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” she noted, “A lot of gay men I’ve met, they’re like, ‘In my heart, I am Effie.’ I relate to Effie, and I think that’s part of the connection. It’s a real situation that we all go through.”
Hudson is gearing up for the release of her third studio album, “JHUD,” on Sept. 23.