Fri, Dec 15 12:03 PM |Entertainment

"Empire" Star Taraji P. Henson Just Confirmed Her Relationship Status With Retired NFL Baller — Photos

"Empire" star Taraji P. Henson has finally confirmed that she has been in a relationship with former NFL player Kelvin Hayden. There have been rumors swirling for quite some time, but the actress has finally come clean about her boyfriend.

The actress confirmed her relationship with Hayden during an episode of ESSENCE's Yes, Girl! podcast, while chatting with hosts and editors Cori Murray, Charli Penn and Yolanda Sangweni.

Henson may attempt to keep her love life out of the spotlight, but news of the relationship isn't exactly  new.

In December 2015, Taraji and Kelvin were photographed holding hands on the beach while on vacation. The paparazzi photos made their way to social media and fans were very excited.


Taraji, 47, shared, "I’m happy in my personal life. Finally it has happened to me!"

Henson may not have been keen about going public with her relationship, but admits she didn't have much choice. 

She commented that "it was all over The Shade Room anyway," referring to the celebrity gossip site.


Taraji said during the podcast,  "You know, 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 continued,  "I’m very very happy. I just am. We’ve been together for two years.' And no one would really know that because I don’t blast my info like that but I’m very happy."


Kelvin already spoiled Taraji with an awesome Christmas gift a bit early, with the actress posting photos of her adorable puppy he purchased for her on Instagram.
Christmas came early!!! Thank you #ZaddyBear I ❤️u so much!!! y’all Meet #K-Ball!!! Thank you @pitfallkennels_lilbrotha @therealbigboi he is going to get soooooooooo much love!!! 💋💋💋

Kelvin, 34, is a former NFL cornerback from Chicago. He was drafted in 2005 and was part of the 2007 Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts, where he scored his first career interception. He finished his career with the Chicago Bears in 2014.

Self belief .... "My momma gave it to me"

Taraji has a 23-year-old son named Marcell by her late high school boyfriend William Lamar Johnson, who was murdered the year her son turned 9-years-old.

Henson threw fans off the trail with her romance back in October. She appeared to suggest she was simply to busy for a relationship.

The actress told Marie Claire, "I would love to [be in a relationship], but he has to see how I move and deal with it, because I don't have time to explain. I've got work to do."


Taraji stars on the popular television show, "Empire", as Cookie Lyon. She stars alongside Terrence Howard, who plays the role of her husband Lucious Lyon.

Actress #TarajiPHenson slayed on the #NFLHonors red carpet with her boo #KelvinHayden

Taraji has earned two of her three Emmy nominations for her work on "Empire", which has been running since 2015.


Taraji recently hosted "Taraji's White Hot Holiday", a variety show with musical performances from acts ranging from Chaka Khan to Fergie. The television show also featured comedians such as Jay Pharoah and Tituss Burgess.


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