Jennifer Hudson & Common's Relationship Still Going Strong, Couple Shows PDA During Chicago Stroll

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Jennifer Hudson and Common attend the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Martin Bandier at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
The famous pair has been spending time together since February, following the end of Common's last relationship with Tiffany Haddish.

Things obviously didn't work out between Common and Tiffany Haddish. Still, that's not stopping the rapper from finding love with someone new. Since February, he's been linked to American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson romantically. Of course, the pair have been friends for quite some time now. Cameras have caught them out and about together in the past, though little is known about how serious the nature of their budding romance is. This past week, however, gave some indication that things may be heating up between Hudson and her beau.

On Thursday (May 4), she and Common were photographed walking arm in arm through a Chicago neighbourhood near her home. Sources told TMZ that the lovers strolled for about 90 minutes, taking their time while enjoying the local scenery. Hudson has reportedly been spotted more frequently than ever over the past few days. She usually spends a lot of time in Los Angeles, where her syndicated talk show is filmed. However, the ongoing writer's strike has put a halt to that. This gives the vocalist plenty more time to spend with Common at home.

Common Finds New Love with Jennifer Hudson

Common and Jennifer Hudson attend the 4th Biennial Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) on September 5, 2014, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

It appears that their connection moved from a platonic to a romantic one during their time together on the set of Breathe. They've since been seen grabbing romantic dinners at Nobu, and even Haddish took the opportunity to crack a joke about her ex moving on. "Girl, he never gave me no damn earrings. He probably gave those to Jennifer," he comedian quipped on TikTok after being asked about jewelry previously given to Common to pass off to her.

It's hard to say after just a few months, but so far, to co-stars seem to be fitting into each other's lives seamlessly. See paparazzi photos from Common's time in Chicago with Jennifer Hudson here. Afterward, tell us if you think the new couple has what it takes to build a lasting relationship in the comments.


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Hayley Hynes is the former Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, she stepped down after two years in 2024 to pursue other creative opportunities but remains on staff part-time to cover music, gossip, and pop culture news. Currently, she contributes similar content on Blavity and 21Ninety, as well as on her personal blog where she also offers tarot/astrology services. Hayley resides on the western side of Canada, previously spending a year in Vancouver to study Fashion Marketing at Blanche Macdonald Centre and Journalism at Mount Royal University in Calgary before that. She's passionate about helping others heal through storytelling, and shares much more about her life on Instagram @hayleyhynes.