Unfortunately, as Jennifer Hudson knows, not all relationships are healthy. And in some cases, when a person feels like their safety is threatened they decide to take out a protective order. The American Idol alum recently shocked her fans by taking an order of protection against her ex-fiancé, David Otunga. But, now people are wondering what exactly is a protective order?

The law defines a protective order as, "A court order, direction, decree, or command to protect a person from further harassment, Service of Process, or discovery." In lamen's terms, this basically protects the person who files the order against whoever is harassing, threatening, or intimidating them. It also makes it formal in the eyes of the law.

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“They have been in the process of ending their relationship for a number of months,” Jennifer's rep told People in a statement. "Today, Jennifer requested and received a protective order against her ex-fiancé. Jennifer’s actions are solely taken in the best interest of their son."

However, David has a different version of events. His attorney released a subsequent statement. "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," it explained. "Mr. Otunga looks forward to his day in court and in being awarded the residential care of the parties’ only child."

Jennifer, 36, and David, 37, were previously together for 10 years. The exes are parents to their 8-year-old son David Daniel Otunga Jr. and Jennifer is currently focused on keeping him safe. While this news came as a surprise to the singer's fans, we're happy she's taking the necessary steps to keep herself and her son safe during this difficult process!