Taraji P. Henson had an inkling a proposal was on the way.
While walking the red carpet at the Fox 2018 Upfront, the Empire star showed off her diamond ring and dished on her recent engagement.
Before popping the question, Henson’s beau Kelvin Hayden kept asking the actress if she wanted to get married. He even questioned her during his recent visit to Atlanta, where the Cookie character was shooting her new film What Men Want.
“I remember him grabbing me one night and he was like, ‘Woman, you sure you want to get married?’ And I was like, ‘Why do you keep asking me the same question? I said yes!'” she recalled. “So, that made me go, ‘Hmm, is he about to propose?'”
Hayden had already told Henson he was going to propose within the next six months and that he was going to purchase the engagement ring during his recent trip to Dubai. However, the former football star didn’t specify when he was planning on proposing.
“He was trying to wait until my birthday,” she added. “He couldn’t wait that long. He couldn’t wait!”
After Hayden got down on one knee and presented Henson with a diamond solitaire, the actress called her mom to tell her the good news. She also messaged her other family members and friends.
It’s been only a few days since Henson accepted Hayden’s proposal, so she hasn’t started the wedding planning process just yet. However, the Proud Mary star said the two lovebirds want their big day to be “small and intimate.” Although, this may be challenging considering she has a “big family.” It looks like a surprise wedding isn’t totally off the table, either.
“I could do just like a cookout. All of a sudden the music plays and it’s like, ‘Oh! It’s a wedding,'” she joked.
Henson’s Empire co-stars are excited for her, too.
“She has so much love to give,” Jussie Smollett said while walking the red carpet with Terrence Howard. “She should. Someone should, you know, hold her heart gently….He does….We’re happy that we all love him and he’s a part of the family.”
Empire airs Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. EST on Fox.