Taraji P. Henson Is Engaged To Former NFL Star After Mother’s Day Surprise

Taraji P. Henson may have had the best Mother’s Day ever!

According to her Instagram, not only did she get a diamond Cartier bracelet to commemorate the occasion — but she also got a diamond ring. That’s right, the “Hidden Figures” star’s boyfriend, former NFL player Kelvin Hayden, dropped to one knee and asked Henson to be his wife. And she said yes!


“I said yes y’all!!!” Henson wrote on social media when announcing the news. “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!!!”

The photo she posted showed her celebrating as a newly engaged woman, and yes she gave us a look at the ring!


Henson and Hayden were reportedly able to keep their relationship private, dating for nearly two years before publicly announcing that they were a couple in December.

But, the actress has let fans in a little, occasionally posting about her “#ForeverKindaLove” online.



And when she has opened up about Hayden, the “Empire” star has had nothing but good things to say.

“He’s just like, my No. 1 fan, there for support,” Henson told People magazine. “What I love is that he doesn’t really pay attention to it all. He loves me for me.”

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That sounds like the makings of a lasting relationship — and now, marriage! Congratulations to the happy couple!