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Jennifer Hudson obtains protective order against former fiance after split

Jennifer Hudson has obtained a protective order against former fiance David Otunga after the pair called time on their 10-year relationship.

News of the couple going their separate ways was broken by People, with Hudson's representative telling the outlet: "They have been in the process of ending their relationship for a number of months."

The statement continued to reveal that Dreamgirls star Hudson was granted the protective order against Otunga "in the best interest of their son", eight-year-old David Daniel Otunga Jr.

Further details of why Hudson was granted the order have not yet been revealed.

However, former professional wrestler Otunga has hit back at the way his former fiancee has gone about things in a lengthy statement via his attorney, Tracy M. Rizzo.

Labeling the protective order "meritless", Rizzo claimed that Hudson decided to go down that route in a bid to get custody of her and Otunga's son, after it "became apparent to Ms. Hudson that Mr. Otunga would be the parent granted residential care of the child, as a result of Mr. Otunga being the child’s primary caregiver while Ms. Hudson pursues her career all over the world."

"As a result of Mr. Otunga’s career in the WWE, Ms. Hudson felt that she could give an award winning performance in court to portray herself as the victim," the statement continued. "Mr. Otunga has never abused or harassed Ms. Hudson or their son, and it is unfortunate, especially in today’s climate, that she would feel the need to make these false allegations against him. Mr. Otunga looks forward to his day in court and in being awarded the residential care of the parties’ only child."

Hudson has yet to respond to her ex's statement.

Otunga popped the question to Hudson in September 2008, after less than a year of dating, and the pair welcomed son David into the world in August 2009.