The Internet Is Divided About Taraji P. Henson's Fiancé (And His Past) After ‘Empire’ Star Announces Engagement & Shows Off Ring — Photos

May 20, 2018 12:54 PM

Monya Fleming

Senior Contributor

Taraji P. Henson is officially off the market after accepting a proposal from former NFL star, Kelvin Hayden!

The "Hidden Figures" actress shared her big news with fans on Monday, taking to Instagram to show off her engagement ring.

The 47-year-old beauty posted an image of a cake covered with chocolate-covered strawberries, with the word 'Congratulations' written in chocolate.

Henson explained that her 34-year-old beau had already presented her a bracelet for Mother's Day, but then had a bigger surprise in store!

Taraji wrote in the caption, "I said yes y’all!!! 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!!! 😩😩😂😂😂#sheisofficiallyoffthemarket and she is sooooooooooooo HAPPY!!!!!! #GODIS 💍."

Take a look, below:

I said yes y’all!!! 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!!! 😩😩😂😂😂#sheisofficiallyoffthemarket and she is sooooooooooooo HAPPY!!!!!! #GODIS 💍💋💋💋
Taraji, who is mom to a 24-year-old son named Marcel Johnson from a previous relationship, appears to be over the moon to be engaged.  
Also wishing my handsome son a very happy birthday. I can NOT believe how time has flown by nonetheless I am so proud of the man you are becoming keep growing and living your truth!!!! @filet_marcell AND NEVER FORGET #GODIS 🙏🏾💋💋💋

Henson showed off her stunning engagement ring on Monday evening during the Fox Upfront presentation in NYC.

Taraji donned a peach-colored dress with a thigh-high split as she excitedly showed off her diamond ring. 

Henson attended the event to promote "Empire", but everyone was more focused on Taraji's engagement news.

Happy Love Bug Day LOVE BUGS!!! #ILoveMeSumHim 💗💋💋💋

Henson and Hayden have reportedly been quietly dating for quite some time. However, the actress only recently spoke publicly about their relationship.

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.

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.

Henson finally addressed the romance rumors in December 2017, confirming that she was in a relationship with Hayden.

Kelvin Hayden is a former American football cornerback who was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft after playing college football at Illinois.

Social Media is split over the new soon-to-be union and a lot of people were surprised about the age gap, which is fairly significant plus Hayden's sketchy past with relationships.

One person wrote on Instagram, “I feel like the fact that the age gap is so big is kind of messed up. It’s ripe for a disaster because relationships, where the gap is really big, are usually without a strong foundation.”

Another Twitter user added, “I don’t think it’s right. She should find a man her own age.” 

Congratulations 🎉🎉🎉to @tarajiphenson on her engagement! Gooooooooo Sis!!! He is so blessed to have a true Queen by his side. @kelvinhayden You are an amazing man! May your marriage be blessed with all the blessings from Heaven! Keep Christ first. Love you! 😘😘🌠 #sistars #godlymarriage #kingandqueen #tarajiphenson #truelove #lovestory

Some of her fans came to her defense though, stating that her critics were merely jealous.

Congratulations to @empirefox Cookie @tarajiphenson and her boyfriend @kelvinhayden on their engagement! 💍👰🤵❤ #TarajiPHenson #Empire #CookieLyon #KelvinHayden #NFL #Congratulations

Congratulations to Taraji and Kelvin!

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