Henson de­tails how she fell for her fi­ance

Khaleej Times - City Times - - SKY FULL OF STARS -

TARAJI P. HENSON says it was lit­er­ally love at first sight when she met her new fi­ance. The Em­pire star be­came en­gaged to her boyfriend, for­mer Su­per Bowl star Kelvin Hay­den, on Mother’s Day.

“I knew he was gonna pop the ques­tion be­cause he all but told me him­self. I just didn’t know when. That sur­prised me. He just did it,” Henson said Mon­day as she at­tended an an­nual event where Fox pro­motes its new TV lineup to ad­ver­tis­ers.

The ac­tress said she was in­tro­duced to Hay­den by her makeup artist three years ago. “She was like, ‘You need to go out. You need to meet some­body. You’re too fly. You’re too amaz­ing.’ I was like, ‘I don’t know.’ She’s like, ‘You’re not gonna meet him at home. You need to go out.’”

The makeup artist ar­ranged a party full of el­i­gi­ble bach­e­lors for Henson to min­gle with, but the star de­manded to see pho­tos first, and be­came en­am­ored with Hay­den.

“I was like, ‘Wow, some­thing about his eyes are so gen­tle.’ And you know how they say you can fall in love at first sight from a pic­ture? That’s ex­actly what hap­pened,” she re­called. “So when we got to the ac­tual event, I met ev­ery­body, I shook all the other guys’ hands and I lit­er­ally was look­ing for him and when he walked up to where I was it was like peo­ple parted like the Red Sea, a light came on, I heard an­gels and he reached out to shake my hand and we danced and we talked and we were hang­ing out ev­ery day since.”

Hay­den played for the At­lanta Fal­cons, Chicago Bears and In­di­anapo­lis Colts. He won a Su­per Bowl for that team in 2007. Henson says her Em­pire co-stars are thrilled with the news. “Jussie (Smol­lett) came down to my room and screamed and did back­flips,” she said.

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