Taraji P. Henson Says Kelvin Hayden’s Proposal Was So Emotional Her “Lashes Ended Up On The Floor”

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Taraji P. Henson’s longtime love, Kelvin Hayden, put a ring on it on Mother’s Day, and as you can see, she is ecstatic about it.

The 47-year-old beauty spilled the beans on what the proposal was like when she attended Fox’s Upfronts presentation in New York City on Monday, and said the moment was so emotional, her “lashes ended up on the floor.”

Here’s how it went down. When Henson told Hayden she was going to be home for Mother’s Day, he took it as an opportunity to finally pop the question because he’d definitely been waiting.

“I think he was trying to wait, and he couldn’t wait, ’cause he had the ring, and I guess it was burning a hole in his pocket,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I’m in Atlanta right now, filming What Men Want, and I told him, I said, ‘I’m gonna come home for Mother’s Day,’ and he said, ‘Come home!’ And I noticed the look in his eyes, but I didn’t put it together.”

Henson said Hayden took her out to eat at the restaurant they had their first date at for the holiday, and as the evening went on, she started to have a feeling something big was about to happen.

“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,'” she told ET. “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.”

As for the ring he asked for her hand with, Henson said Hayden did a wonderful job picking it out.

“It’s perfect,” she said. “It’s not too big. It’s not too gaudy. It’s just perfect. He did great.”

And when asked about wedding plans, Henson said she wants to take her time and enjoy the engagement for now, and wait to say “I do” next year.

“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.”

Henson and Hayden, a former NFL player (2005-2014), have been an item for two years, but chose to go public with their relationship in December. At that time, she was happy to finally gush about her man.
“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,” she told the Yes, Girl! podcast. “I’m very very happy. I just am.”
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