According to People, Otunga and Hudson have been “in the process of ending their relationship” for several months. The report added that Hudson was granted a protective order against Otunga, noting that these actions were taken with the “best interest” of their son, eight-year-old David Daniel Otunga Jr., in mind.
Following reports that the erstwhile long-lasting couple broke up, Otunga’s attorney, Tracy M. Rizzo, issued a statement alleging that Hudson only filed the protective order when it became clear to her that her ex-fiancee would be receiving residential care of their son, while she focuses on her singing and acting career. Rizzo referred to the order as “meritless,” further accusing Hudson of filing for it so that she could gain an “unfair advantage” in the custody dispute over David Jr.
Although it was not outwardly stated that Hudson was accusing Otunga of any form of abuse, hence the protective order, Rizzo denied any such claims in the statement.
“As a result of Mr. Otunga’s career in the WWE, Ms. Hudson felt that she could give an award winning performance in court to portray herself as the victim. Mr. Otunga has never abused or harassed Ms. Hudson or their son, and it is unfortunate, especially in today’s climate, that she would feel the need to make these false allegations against him.”
After initially showing promise in 2010 as the first runner-up of NXT‘s first reality show season, Otunga was hardly utilized in the ring from 2013 until he quietly retired in 2015. He then transitioned from wrestler to commentator, debuting in his new role in 2016. Recently, Otunga was traded from SmackDown Live to Monday Night Raw for Byron Saxton as part of the April 2017 Superstar Shake-up. After taking an extended hiatus to focus on his acting career, he was moved to the pre-show panel, with Booker T remaining on the Raw announce team.
While Hudson’s recording career has slowed down in recent years, she was named as The Voice’s newest coach for the show’s 13th season earlier this year. Her last movie appearance was in the 2017 Netflix film, Sandy Wexler, where she played Adam Sandler‘s leading lady and love interest.
As it stands right now, it appears to be a case of he-said, she-said between both parties in what was one of the longer-lasting relationships not only in wrestling but in show business in general. And while most signs point to a less than amicable breakup, we’re hoping Otunga and Hudson can eventually sort out their issues for the sake of their young son – a bitter divorce (or breakup, in this case) is the last thing an eight-year-old child needs to witness at such a tender age.
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