Single ladies patiently waiting for the right one: rejoice and take notes!
Over the years, we have seen Taraji P. Henson absolutely winning at life in terms of her career. From her iconic role as the sharp-tongued HBIC on Empire, to her role in the critical darling Hidden Figures, and her recently announced starring role as an assassin in the upcoming Proud Mary - Taraji is proof that a great career lies in the work. And the major moves don't stop! However, as successful as she's been on-camera, behind-the-scenes, Taraji has been transparent about how tough it's been finding love and meeting the right guy.
Always real and straight to the point, the DMV native recently sat down with the hilarious girls for the Yes, Girl! podcast to chat all things including her illustrious career, her numerous award nominations, and everything in between. There, Taraji finally confirmed what we all have been speculating since she was spotted on a beach baecation back in 2015 - she is in fact in a relationship with the 34-year-old former cornerback for the Colts, Kelvin Hayden. Taraji has always been incredibly private about her life off-set, so it's no wonder why she kept the two-year relationship with her beau under wraps. We must say, happiness looks beautiful on our girl Taraji P.!
When asked about the relationship, Taraji says, "It was all over The Shade Room, anyway. 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. 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."
We know it must be serious because in the past, Taraji has been firm in not claiming a boo if it isn't warranted, she told Steve Harvey this back in 2015:
"I'm a grown woman. If there's nothing on this [ring] finger, if this [ring] finger is naked, no one gets claimed. You don't get claimed. You don't get claimed until you claim me. Period! You don't get to say, 'I dated Taraji P. Henson.' You don't get to go on a carpet and share that part of my life. Because now, today, with all of this social media, it's not private. And then I have a son."
In a recent interview with Redbook, Taraji revealed what it would take for her to get married again. At the end of the day, she yearns for and idealizes the old school love that generations before us experienced.
"If I was going to get married, it had to be for love, because I wanted [my son] Marcell to see that real kind of love — the kind I yearn for. That old couple crooked and bent over but still holding hands. I know that kind of love exists and I'm not going to stop until I have that."
News of her confirming her two-year relationship with her former NFLer beau is a big deal. Her son's father was murdered over a decade ago and the actress hasn't dated anyone publicly since 2003. A lot of that was due to the fact that she wanted to be known for her work and not for who she was with. That, coupled with the fact that she knew what she wanted out of love, had everything to do with her not settling for anything less in her pursuit of love. She shared with ET back in September that she wasn't hard to please, but she wants what she wants. And in the world of Taraji, what Taraji wants, she will get.
"It doesn't take much to make me happy. Just someone who's going to take care of my heart. Someone who is going to make me feel safe and a home to come to. When you are in love, that's what you want. It doesn't matter if [you are busy], you make time."
There is something to be said about waiting for the right one while working on ourselves, ladies. Get that paper up, balance those chakras, and be the best you that you can be so the right one can find you. Speaking for the getting-up-there-in-age crew, nobody's got time for the runaround and the games anymore. And don't get tripped up by people who think that you should be in a relationship based on your age.
Girl, I know, it's hard to wait, but when you have all your ducks in a row, you want to make sure the next person you date can add value to your life, not take it away. We can all take a page out of Taraji's book!