Entertainment Kate Hudson Mourns Death of Longtime Friend, Hairstylist David Babaii: 'I Will Miss You Terribly'
Jennifer Hudson Says She Was In Shock When She Watched ‘Cats’ For The First Time: ‘I Didn’t Know I’d Have Ears Or A Tail’
Jennifer Hudson says she was just as shocked as the audience when she watched “Cats” for the first time. Despite the star-studded cast, the 2019 film adaptation of “Cats” became a notorious meme fever dream while only landing at a 53% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. But while promoting her new musical project, the Aretha Franklin biopic "Respect", Hudson addressed the flop, admitting the digital addition of fur, ears and tails came as quite the surprise.
is mourning the death of one of her oldest friends.
The Golden Globe winner, 42, posted a tribute to hairstylistearly Saturday, along with of Babaii styling her and her kids' hair. "21 years of shenanigans and laughter. My dear boo, I love you," she wrote in the Instagram caption. "Processing this loss is really sad and challenging, I will miss you terribly. Forever and always."
The loss was felt by many, who expressed their condolences in the comments section. "God bless his soul,"wrote. "Such a sad loss!" added. "Oh no I'm so sorry," commented . and commented with broken heart emojis.
Jennifer Hudson Recalls Final Conversation With Aretha Franklin
The new MGM film ‘Respect’ casts Jennifer Hudson as the late Queen of Soul, who personally selected the Oscar-winning actress and singer to topline the biopic years before her death.Before cast, crew and filmmakers walked the black carpet, Donald Taylor and his L.A. Mass Choir assumed position in front of oversized letters spelling out the film’s title for a performance of “Walk in the Light,” a gospel classic released by the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, on her 1987 gospel album One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism.
Hudson collaborated with Babaii on their eco-friendly haircare line David Babaii forin 2008. "We ," she told PEOPLE of shooting the line's campaign in Africa with Babaii and the late legendary fashion photographer . "I'm just lucky to have him as my companion while I travel and work."
"It's so great collaborating with Kate," Babaii added. "I adore her. She's my muse and inspiration. We get in trouble all the time."
Babaii paid tribute to Hudson in 2019, when he came out of retirement for "pretty much the only person that can get me to do hair again." He posted a candid photo of Hudson at the time, recounting how they first met.
Jennifer Hudson plays her idol Aretha Franklin in 'Respect'
Jennifer Hudson was fresh off her Oscar win for “Dreamgirls” when she was summoned to meet Aretha Franklin in 2007. The two singers had technically met before, when Hudson, freshly cut from American Idol, opened for Franklin at a show in Indiana. But this time was different: The Queen of Soul told Hudson that she wanted her to play her in a film. It wasn’t a total surprise: Hudson had been briefed going in. And her admiration for Franklin was not a secret: Not only did she audition for Idol with Franklin’s “Share Your Love with Me,” she also said in interviews that she dreamed about playing her.
"Funny story about Kate and I, 20 years ago I met Kate 2 weeks out of beauty school (Vidal Sassoon Academy) and my life changed," Babaii. "She is the reason of my career and pretty much my successful life. Without Kate I would've just been working at a salon....... which was my plan and no one would've ever known who I was but she made me who I am today and personally she's made me the man I am today and someone that every day is working on bettering himself #lotofwork. I love you for life, no one can ever replace you in my heart. You are my muse my inspiration my dear friend. We are family."
The celebrity hairstylist has also worked with the likes of, , , , , , and , to name a few. He and Paltrow partnered with trainer Tracy Anderson on , before they teamed up with Blo Bar in 2014.
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"I," Babaii told PEOPLE at the time. "I get to work with someone that's been my dear friend and inspiration for so many years. How much better can it get? Gwyneth is so smart and cool and we work so well together. We've been friends for 12 years, and she's been such a support to me with everything."
An ambassador for, Babaii frequently advocated for human rights, animal rights, and pediatric cancer research.
Kate Hudson Shares Glimpse of 2½-Year-Old Daughter Rani Rose's Floral-Inspired Nursery .
Kate Hudson shares Rani Rose with fiancé Danny Fujikawa Hudson simply captioned her post with an emoji of a hibiscus flower. View this post on Instagram Want to get the biggest stories from PEOPLE every weekday? Subscribe to our new podcast, PEOPLE Every Day, to get the essential celebrity, entertainment and human interest news stories Monday through Friday. It's no secret that both Hudson and her daughter have a soft spot for flowers.