Taraji P. Henson says she was utterly shocked by Kelvin Hayden’s marriage proposal while speaking with Entertainment Tonight‘s Leanna Aguilera at Fox’s upfront presentation on Monday (May 14), where she revealed the details of how he popped the question.
Henson, 47, said she did not pick up on the clues that Hayden, 34, was going to propose on Mother’s Day. The former NFL player took the Academy-award nominated actress to the restaurant where they had their first date and said they would be celebrating his friend’s birthday in the party room after dinner. “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?’” Henson continued. “And as I’m putting the dots together, I turn around, he’s on his knee, and then the river of tears just started, and my lashes ended up on the floor.”
The 47-year-old said that Mother’s Day is extraordinary for her because it was on the holiday that she gave birth to her now 24-year-old son, Marcell. Now, she can add a fantastic proposal story to the day. Henson announced her engagement early Monday morning with a cute Instagram post. While speaking to ET, she revealed that they plan to wed within the year and that only one day after Hayden put a ring on it she’s already overwhelmed with planning the day for her nuptials.
“People are hitting me up,” she said. “It’s starting to get overwhelming, and we’re thinking, we’re talking a year from now, and I know how fast that’s going to go, so it’s a lot. I’m trying to just enjoy being blissfully engaged for a minute.”
The couple has been dating since 2015.
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