They got engaged back in May 2018 and from the looks of things their love appears to have since blossomed! The romance between Taraji P. Henson and Kelvin Hayden is going strong, as the actress revealed in a series of photos she posted to her Instagram on Sunday.
The Empire star is seen cuddling up to her beau on board a yacht and in the caption she writes: ‘Us on any given Sunday (in the summer in Chicago).’
Henson, 48, tags the former NFL pro, who’s 36, calling him: ‘my baby for life.’ She also adds ‘#4/4/20’ which is presumably the date of their wedding next year. Henson is snapped with her arms around Hayden and planting a sweet kiss on his head as he leans into her lap.
She is wearing a colourful ensemble of orange tank and vibrant patterned baggy pants and her large sparkling diamond engagement ring was unmissable.
Henson will be back this fall for the sixth and final season of Fox’s TV series Empire. She reprises the role of Cookie Lyon one more time opposite Terrence Howard as her hip hop mogul ex Lucious Lyon.
In addition to her acting career, she has also raised her son Marcell, born in 1994, as a single mother; the boy’s father was her high school sweetheart who was murdered in 2003.
The Hidden Figures star has also founded a nonprofit in memory of her late father and is seeking to erase the stigma surrounding mental health in the African American community.
In June, she hosted the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation’s Inaugural Can We Talk? Conference and Benefit Dinner In Washington, D.C. The event raised money to provide free therapy sessions for those in need.
‘Mental illness is a huge issue in the black community. The suicide rate of young people has doubled in the last 15 years, this is a national crisis,’ Henson said in a statement at the time. We are working to normalising the conversation in our communities at a younger age to eradicate the stigma. We have to start somewhere – and I believe openly talking about it is a good place to start.’
Boris Lawrence Henson died in 2006 at the age of 58 after battling liver cancer.
‘My dad fought in the Vietnam War for our country, returned broken, and received little to no physical or emotional support,’ Henson wrote in her 2016 memoir Around the Way Girl. I stand now in his absence, committed to offering support to African Americans who face trauma daily, simply because they are black.’