Taraji P. Henson Gets Engaged: “I Almost Passed Out!”
This Mother’s Day was extra special for actress Taraji P. Henson. The “Empire” star revealed in an Instagram post on Monday that her boyfriend, NFL star, Kelvin Hayden, popped the big question and she is now engaged!
“I said yes y’all!!!” she captioned a Monday Instagram post of a photo showing two hands together — as well as an engagement ring.
The 47-year-old actress and mother of 24-year-old Marcel Johnson from a previous relationship said, “He started with the Cartier love bracelet BUT that was my #Mothersday gift and then he dropped to his knee and I almost passed out!”
In part of her caption, Henson who previously revealed that she raised Marcell on her own after leaving her abusive ex-boyfriend wrote, “#sheisofficiallyoffthemarketand she is sooooooooooooo HAPPY!!!!!!”
So who is this young man that has Taraji’s heart?
After playing football at the University of Illinois, Hayden–who is 13 years younger than Taraji–was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played cornerback for the team for five years, racking up an impressive 239 tackles and nine interceptions. In fact, his first interception occurred during the Super Bowl XLI.
In 2011, he was picked up by the Atlanta Falcons, for whom he played for one year before signing with the Chicago Bears.
After one year with the Bears, Hayden was placed on injury reserved due to a torn hamstring. He was released in 2014.
Hayden hasn’t specifically come out and post that the two are engaged, but he did post a picture of the loving couple on the beach. It looks like they are out here living their best life just as happy as can be.
Earlier in their relationship, Taraji was already head over heels. During a special episode of ESSENCE’s Yes, Girl! podcast, Henson teased, “I’m happy in my personal life. Finally, it has happened to me!”
“I’m not the type to blast my personal business, but you know, I think that it’s important for people to know that I’m happy,” she…