Popular rapper and actor Common and award-winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson have finally confirmed rumors that they are dating, after being spotted together on several occasions over the past few months.
A Budding Romance
Speculation about a romance between Common, 52, and Hudson, 42, first started in October 2023 when they were seen dining together in Los Angeles. At the time, sources said it was just a friendly dinner between two colleagues who have been friends for years. However, the rumors continued to build over the next few months as they were spotted courtside together at NBA games on several occasions.
Most recently, on January 18th, 2024, Common and Hudson were photographed holding hands and looking cozy while attending a Los Angeles Lakers vs Dallas Mavericks game. Their warm interactions and body language suggested that their relationship had developed into something more than just friendship.
|Spotted dining together in LA
|Sat together at Clippers vs Lakers game
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|Photographed holding hands at Lakers vs Mavericks game
A few days later, on January 21st, Common appeared to confirm the dating rumors during a guest appearance on Hudson’s daytime talk show. When Hudson asked if he was in a relationship, Common replied, “I’m happy, I’m in a happy place.” He went on to describe Hudson as “one of the most beautiful people” he had ever met, inside and out.
Hudson’s coy reaction and refusal to outright confirm or deny the relationship led many to conclude that the two are likely dating but are keeping some privacy around their budding romance for now.
A Long History Between the Two Artists
While this romantic relationship seems new, Hudson and Common have been friends and collaborated together musically for over 15 years. They first worked together in 2009 when Common appeared on Hudson’s self-titled debut album for the song “What You Think.”
The two musicians clearly forged a strong creative connection during that period. Over the next decade, Common would go on to appear on two more of Hudson’s albums while Hudson was featured on Common’s 2020 album “A Beautiful Revolution.”
Outside of music, Common and Hudson have also co-starred together in two films – the Oscar-nominated civil rights drama “Selma” in 2014 followed by the Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect” in 2021. Their existing friendship and artistic chemistry likely laid the foundation for their new romantic relationship to blossom.
What Friends and Sources Are Saying
While Common and Hudson themselves have remained relatively quiet about their blossoming romance, sources close to the couple have suggested that they make an excellent match.
A source told E! News: “Jennifer and Common have a deep friendship and their relationship has grown into more over time. They are taking it slow and enjoying this new journey together.”
The insider added that Hudson feels very comfortable with Common since they’ve been close for so long. Another source told People magazine, “They know each other so well from working together, but now things seem to be heating up, and it’s only brought them closer.”
Long-time friends of the couple have also voiced their approval. Fellow Chicago native and Hudson’s former American Idol judge Randy Jackson told Entertainment Tonight, “I’ve known these two talented beautiful people a long time. I’m so happy for them finding love and happiness together.”
|Quote on Hudson & Common’s Relationship
|“They are taking it slow and enjoying this new journey together.”
|“Things seem to be heating up, and it’s only brought them closer.”
|“I’m so happy for them finding love and happiness together.”
While fans will have to wait for an outright official confirmation from the couple themselves, it’s clear from their actions, words, and sources’ reports that Common and Hudson are in fact dating.
What Comes Next for the New Celebrity Couple
Assuming Common and Hudson continue their relationship, many are speculating what the future could hold for the famous duo dubbed “Jommon” by fans.
It’s possible they may collaborate again soon musically by appearing on each other’s upcoming albums. A joint song or music video where they openly showcase their romance could delight both artists’ fanbases.
There is also speculation by some outlets that Hudson and Common may walk more red carpets together hand-in-hand like at the next Academy Awards. Marriage and even starting a family are also on the minds of some hopeful fans.
While it’s still early for such predictions, if Hudson and Common’s body language and apparent closeness at recent public appearances are any indication – this unexpected celebrity pairing could just be getting started on a wonderful romance journey together.
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