Empire star Taraji P. Henson announces engagement to Kelvin Hayden

Taraji P. Henson is officially engaged after accepting a proposal from her boyfriend of two years Kelvin Hayden.

Taraji P. Henson is officially engaged after accepting a proposal from her boyfriend of two years Kelvin Hayden.

The Empire actress, 47, revealed her happy news on Instagram on Monday, sharing a picture of her huge diamond ring next to a plate of decadent desserts with ‘Congratulations’ written across the bottom in chocolate sauce.

Taraji, who's a mum to 24-year-old son Marcel from a previous relationship, revealed the proposal was the perfect end to Mother's Day, which was celebrated on Sunday in the US.

She captioned the snap: ‘I said yes y’all!!! He started with the Cartier love bracelet BUT that was my #Mothersday gift and then he dropped to his knee and I almost passed out!!!,’ she continued in the Instagram post, adding, ‘#sheisofficiallyoffthemarket and she is sooooooooooooo HAPPY!!!!!!’

Fans rushed to congratulate the star, with one gushing: ‘I love you taraji and i am super happy for you i can't say it enough love is an amazing thing’.

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Another said: ‘Congratulations you deserve all the happiness in the world. May God bless you guys abundantly. :)’

A third added: ‘Massive congratulations beauty! Such a beautiful ring to go with an even more gorgeous couple Xx’.

While a fourth said: ‘Congratulations!!! @tarajiphenson so deserving you are an inspiration to so many!! Including me!!’

The actress confirmed her relationship with the former Super Bowl-winning NFL cornerback in December, revealing why she had kept their relationship a secret for two years.

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‘Everything is coming together,’ she told Essence’s Yes, Girl! Podcast. ‘I'm happy in my personal life.

‘I'm not the type to blast my personal business. But, you know, I think that's important for people to know. I'm happy. I'm very very happy. I just am. And you know, we've been together for two years. No one would really know that because I don't really blast my info like that. But I'm very happy.’

Kelvin, 34, later shared a photo on his Instagram account of himself carrying his bride-to-be on his shoulders with a simple crown emoji.

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