Empire's Taraji P. Henson Getting Husband As Baby Father's Death Lingers In Past
Whether being the queen bee wife of a drug dealer, Cookie Lyon in the hit TV show, Empire or a pregnant prostitute in the 2005 movie, Hustle & Flow, American actress Taraji P. Henson has been center of the attention of Hollywood with her superb acting talents.
However, the two times Emmy-nominee walked a hard way to success - tough years in her childhood and tragic events. From family to dating, she has been the victim of tragedies for long.
But, with her loving fiance, the actress is set to win over all her tragedies healing her wounds with love.
Rough Childhood With Abusive Father
Growing up in a poor neighborhood in Washington, Taraji had a rough childhood - the childhood of witnessing her father's physical and mental abuse to her mother.
Her father, Boris Henson was a Vietnam veteran and substance addict, who used to torment her mother. The torment went to the extreme when Boris threatened to kill Taraji's mother dragging to the car. Saved by Taraji's mother's sister, she ran away with baby Taraji in a small Maryland town, which later Boris found out.
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He tried to take Taraji with him, but the mother-daughter ran once again. The Smokin' Aces actress found herself amid financial difficulties and severely neighborhood, in one of the most dangerous ghettos in Washington.
However, Taraji's father Boris later changed and supported his daughter in his later years. Boris eventually died in 2005; the cause of death is kept private by the actress. After his demise, Taraji founded a charitable organization named Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in her father's honor. The trust focuses on breaking the taboo about mental health issues widespread in the African-American community.
Taraji, having herself battled depression, values a good therapist as the Afro-American people rarely address these matters. Despite being a successful actress, Taraji suffered constant depression. She even mentioned that being famous only increased the mental pressure.
Found Her True Love; Still Mourning Partner's Death
By the age of 17, Taraji already got a boyfriend of her own, but he dumped for not having intercourse. She later found love in William LaMarr Johnson whom she lovingly referred to as "Mark"; sometime after her break-up.
The 47-year-old actress first fell in love at first sight with Mark, then-struggler for jobs, outside the Maryland movie theater. Mark decided to let Taraji go for her better future, knowing she deserved more. Then came the actress' reluctance and childish acts like attending a club in her tightest and shortest skirt, which ended in creating a scene.
Young Taraji P. Henson (right) and deceased boyfriend William LaMarr Johnson "Mark" (Photo: Articlebio.com)
However, Taraji patched up with him after one year of their split and soon became pregnant with a child. Then-Howard University student, Taraji gave birth to Marcell with Mark, who also fathered children from his other affairs. Marcell, who was born on 10 May 1994 and ages 24, is also an aspiring actor known primarily for appearing on several episodes of Empire.
However, the duo's relationship ended due to Mark's irresponsibility towards family including his late returns. While the Southeast Washington native confronted Mark, instead he punched her in the face.
The All of Us star ended her relationship asking him to get his stuff and leave. Although her father tried to settle the dispute, Taraji was already heartbroken enough.
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But, the major tragedy hit Taraji's married life when she heard the news of her son father's murder through his mother in January 2003. Mark, who died at the age of 34, was mercilessly beaten and stabbed to death over a slashed car tire's dispute.
Although the Four Brothers actress was badly affected by her partner's death, she needed to stay healthy for the sake of her son and thus developed her robust alter ego named "Ghetto Betty."
Engaged With NFL Player; Soon To Be Married
Taraji has been dating NFL player Kelvin Hayden. The rumors of the beautiful ebony dating her 13 years junior Kevin had surfaced in late 2015 after they were pictured at a beach but was confirmed only in December 2017. Kelvin was previously in a relationship with Carla, and the former couple even has a son Kelvin III. Kelvin supposedly pays $35,00 per month for child support home and also lets his ex-girlfriend use his home in Chicago.
In a 2017 interview with Essence, she said,
'I’m happy in my personal life. Finally it has happened to me!'
After six months of coming out publicly with her romance, Taraji announced her engagement to the former NFL star in May 2018. She even shared a picture of her engagement ring along with the caption,
"I said yes y’all!!!”
Taraji and fiance Kevin Hayden attend a football game and flaunts her engagement ring (Photo: People.com)
Taraji and her fiance are yet to disclose their plans for a wedding, but it looks like marriage will be soon on the cards. In 2019, she starred as a civil rights activist in the critically acclaimed movie, The Best of Enemies.
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Meanwhile, she enjoys a considerable net worth of $16 million and leads a comfortable life. However, her wounds from her past will always as a scar in her heart which may never heal.