The actress is dating Kelvin Hayden

By Lauren Porter
December 14, 2017 04:13 PM

Have you noticed that Empire star Taraji P. Henson has an even bigger glow than usual lately? She’s feeling great these days and enjoying her relationship with Super Bowl winning former NFL star Kelvin Hayden.

In an unusually candid moment, the actress confirmed their relationship on a special episode of ESSENCE’s Yes, Girl! podcast, while chatting with hosts and editors Cori Murray, Charli Penn and Yolanda Sangweni.

“I’m happy in my personal life. Finally it has happened to me!,” the Maryland native said when questioned about her rumored relationship status.

Henson may not speak publicly about her love life, but the couple’s relationship is certainly nothing new. In December 2015 the couple was photographed holding hands on the beach by paparazzi and when the photos made their way to social media, Henson’d fans rejoiced.

While Henson is officially confirming that she and Hayden are dating, don’t expect the Oscar-nominated actress not to continue to keep the details of her private life under wraps. She told the hosts, that’s just not her style..

“It was all over The Shade Room anyway,” said Henson. “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.”

Just weeks before Christmas, Henson shared on Instagram that Hayden already gave her a present that she loves.

Hayden surprised the star with a puppy, appropriately named KBall, who is definitely too cute for words.

To hear Henson discuss her prolific Hollywood career, her hustle and more, listen to the full episode above or subscribe (for free).

This article originally appeared on