Common and Jennifer Hudson appear to be the newest couple on the block after an insider has confirmed they are officially an item — although they’re keeping things under wraps.
On Thursday (January 26), Radar Online reported that a person close to the situation has confirmed the Dreamgirls actor has been secretly dating the 50-year-old rapper. The two have reportedly known each other for years but they got closer on the set of their new thriller Breathe.
“Things took a romantic turn while they were filming in Philadelphia over the summer,” the insider told Radar. “When the day’s shoot wrapped, they’d always find their way to each other’s side.”
The insider continued: “They’ve kept up their communication since shooting the movie. They get together whenever their schedules allow. Of course, he’s known as a total flirt, but Jennifer feels there’s no harm in that, and she’s having fun.”
Rumors began swirling last year after Common and J Hud had a romantic dinner in Philadelphia. An eyewitness told Radar the soon-to-be couple were “cozy and flirty” and were engaged in “lots of cuddling and giggling” throughout the entire dinner.
In September, Hudson addressed her dinner with Common on Entertainment Tonight saying: “People create their narratives of it, and it’s like, OK, you know, how you feel. We shot a film together, and he played my husband. We gotta eat in between those moments.”
Things picked up again after Common and Hudson were spotted together after the rapper had picked her up from filming her talk show in Burbank, California. The pair looked comfortable together outside of the show lot before jumping into his car.
Jennifer Hudson ended her engagement to professional wrestler David Otunga in 2017 and Common called it quits with actor Tiffany Haddish in 2021. Their break-up caught Haddish by surprise as she explained to FOX SOUL’s Hollywood Unlocked Uncensored with Jason Lee that year.
“I was disappointed,” she said. “I was very disappointed. I was like, ‘Oh, OK. ‘Cause that’s not what you told me, but OK.’”
According to Common, he and Haddish were simply too busy to have a real relationship. As he explained: “I don’t think the love really dispersed. I just think it was like we weren’t feeding the relationship. Neither one of us is gonna stop. We both care about our crafts and what we do.
“We care about love too and partnership, but I think the energy that has been put into our careers and continuing to want to do the things that we do for ourselves and for the people, it was hard for me to balance all of that and keep the relationship fed.”[Via]