It's a Mother's Day engagement for Taraji P. Henson

Tanya Cunningham
May 17, 2018

Taraji P. Henson can barely contain her excitement in this Instagram post.

A huge congrats is in order for Taraji P. Henson - she just got engaged to National Football League star Kelvin Hayden.

The Empire actress, 47, revealed her happy news on Instagram on Monday, sharing a picture of her huge diamond ring next to a plate of decadent desserts with "Congratulations" written across the bottom in chocolate sauce.

As for the wedding specifics, Henson said she's starting to plan, but wants to take a moment to savor life with her fiance first. "And as I'm putting the dots together, I turn around, he's on his knee and then the river of tears just started and my lashes ended up on the floor".

The engagement may come as a surprise to some considering the actress has kept their romance out of the spotlight. It will be both Hayden and Henson's first marriage, although Henson does have a son, Marcel Johnson, 24, from a previous relationship.

Fans rushed to congratulate the star, with one gushing: "I love you taraji and i am super happy for you i can't say it enough love is an fantastic thing".


"I'm not the type to blast my personal business", she says during an Interview with Essence's podcast "Yes, Girl!" in December 2017.

But Taraji is pleased she let the proposal play out as it did, and added she's "very very happy".

Earlier this year, Henson revealed she had been in a relationship with the sports star for two years.

"I knew he was gonna pop the question because he all but told me himself".

"I already knew he was going to Dubai to get my ring".

Empire airs Wednesdays (eight p.m. ET) on Fox.

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