Who Is Taraji P Henson's Fiancé? New Details About Kelvin Hayden

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He's a former NFL player.

Over the weekend, queen and all-around fierce actress Taraji P. Henson got engaged to former NFL player Kelvin Hayden.

You may recognize her from Empire but she’s been an accomplished actress since her breakthrough in 2001. Since then, she has been named one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world, and won a Golden Globe Award as well as a SAG Award.


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Though we love her as Cookie in Empire, we couldn’t be happier about the news of her engagement! But who is the man she will spend the rest of her life with? Who is Taraji P. Henson’s fiancé, Kelvin Hayden?

1. He’s a former NFL cornerback.

After playing football in college, Hayden was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2005. In 2011, he was traded to the Atlanta Falcons and in 2012, signed with the Chicago Bears. In August 2013, he suffered a torn hamstring and missed the entire season, later becoming a free agent. After he was resigned in early 2014, he was let go that fall for multiple injuries.

2. He owns a gym.

With his football career behind him, Hayden is now the co-founder of a gym in Chicago called Kärpā Dēem, a play on carpe diem. Henson certainly has a man who finds physical fitness very important.

3. He’s over 10 years younger then Henson.

Hayden is 34 years old, while Henson is 47. Whoa! Talk about a cougar!

4. He’s a dad.

Though we’re not sure how many kids Hayden has, he’s no stranger to sharing cute photos of his family on Instagram. We do know, however, that he has a child, Kelvin III, with an ex, whom he went to court with over child support. Henson also has a 24-year-old son, Marcel, from a previous relationship. So this will be a blended family for the both of them.


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5. The two started dating in 2015.

The pair was first spotted holding hands in December 2015. But in the Yes, Girl! podcast in 2017, Henson confirmed her relationship.

“I’m happy in my personal life. Finally it has happened to me! 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.”

6. Henson cried so hard at the proposalher fake lashes fell off!

She said she should have seen the proposal coming, too. He had a look in his eyes and the two had dinner at the same restaurant they had their first date.

Recalling the moment, she said, “I didn’t put it together until we went into the party room after we ate and I saw a violinist, ‘cause he was trying to say it was his friend’s birthday — which it was, on Friday — ‘Oh, Ronald’s gonna have a little get-together in the back room.’ And I was like, ‘Aw, that’s perfect. We’ll already be there.’ I go back there and I go, ‘Ronald’s not into violins, what’s going on here?’ And as I’m putting the dots together, I turn around, he’s on his knee.”

Hayden wanted to ask her at a later date but just couldn’t wait any longer and popped the question on Mother’s Day, which also happened to be Marcel’s birthday. “He had the ring and I guess it was burning a hole in his pocket. And just the weight and the pressure of keeping the secret, he couldn’t do it,” Henson said.

7. He’s incredibly supportive of her.

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It’s always the best thing ever to have a partner who stands by you through everything. And Hayden is no different. Henson said that Hayden is supportive of all of her projects: “He likes it all. He’s just like, my number one fan, there for support. What I love is that he doesn’t really pay attention to it all. He loves me for me.”


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Samantha Maffucci is an associate editor for YourTango. In her free time, you can find her obsessing about cats, wine, and all things Vanderpump Rules.

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