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Are Jennifer Hudson and Marlon Wayans dating? Fans curious of Respect co-stars

Amber Peake August 29, 2021
Are Jennifer Hudson and Marlon Wayans dating? Fans curious of Respect co-stars
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As singer Jennifer Hudson and White Chicks actor Marlon Wayans portray Aretha Franklin and Ted White (Franklin’s first husband) in the new biopic Respect, it seems the pair have since been linked off-screen, with some now curious to know if the pair are dating.

Why do fans think Jennifer Hudson and Marlon Wayans are dating?

Jennifer Hudson and Marlon Wayans appear alongside each other in the new Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect, with Hudson taking on the celebrated vocalist while Wayans portrays her ex-husband and manager Ted White.

Following the release of the biopic, which is based on the life of Aretha Franklin, the pair seem to have been linked off-screen due to their on-screen chemistry.

Hudson and Wayans seem to have been first linked in a YouTube video titled ‘Jennifer Hudson And Marlon Wayans Go Public About Their Romantic Relationship’, which was uploaded on Friday (27 August).

While these are of course just rumours, some have since taken to Twitter as they wondered if the pair are actually dating:

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Is Marlon Wayans in a relationship?

Marlon Wayans is currently said to be single, although he was previously known for his relationship with long-term partner Angelica Zachary.

The pair were together for just over two decades between 1992 and 2013. Together Wayans and Zachary share two children together, daughter Amai Zackary Wayans as well as son Shawn Howell Wayans.

In a recent interview with Essence, Wayans opened up on why he is yet to get married. He explained to the publication: “I never got married because I knew my mom needed me.”

Although following his mother Elvira Wayans’ death last year, the actor is said to now be open to marriage. He added: “Yeah, I probably got one in me. Just one.”

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Jennifer Hudson’s dating life explored

In recent years Jennifer Hudson is seen to have kept her love life private, and so it is not currently known if the singer is in a relationship.

However, she has previously dated within the spotlight with Hudson known to many for her engagement with former professional wrestler David Otunga.

Hudson and Otunga first crossed paths in 2008 and later that year announced their engagement. The following year the couple welcomed their son David Daniel Otunga Jr.

Although after nine years, the pair announced they had gone their separate ways in 2017.

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.