Jennifer has experienced happiness and success over the last several years, but she has also suffered unthinkable tragedy with the murders of her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew in 2008.

Watch Jennifer talk with Oprah about the loss of her family for the first time.   

Oprah: Do you feel you're somewhat healed?

Jennifer: I don't even know if it has started yet. It's such a shocking thing and it's a lot to take in. It's like, is this real? Did this really happen? It's hard to put it in sync with reality.

Oprah: And you just got up and kept going, too, did you not?

Jennifer: Their spirit was saying: "You've got to keep going." And I try to do everything to say, "Will my mother like this? Will she be pleased? Will she be proud of that?"

Oprah: Do you mother your son the way you were mothered?

Jennifer: I do my best. I don't think I could ever come close to be the kind of mother that my mother was to me, but I try to use that as an example and be there for him the way she was there for me. ... He definitely helps me get through even the worst hour in the time of a storm.


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