After dropping out of the public eye following her family murder tragedy, Jennifer Hudson now has the strength and the will to give three high-profile performances next month, a source close to her tells PEOPLE.
“So much has happened, but she’s ready,” the source says. “It’s a new year, she’s excited about performing again. She knew it was time.”
The source close to the Grammy-nominated Hudson says “there wasn’t really a moment” that she decided to perform again, but, that “fans can expect the Jennifer they’ve come to love. She just really loves to perform; it’s who she is, it’s what she does.”
The source adds: “I just admire her strength. Not many people could go through all that’s happened and shown the strength she has.”