'Empire' Star Taraji P. Henson Happy To Be Dating NFL's Kelvin Hayden

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NFL player Kelvin Hayden and actress Taraji P. Henson are officially dating

Rumors began circulating about a potential relationship in 2015 when they were spotted together on multiple occasions. Taraji P Henson recently confirmed the validity of the claims of her relationship with the National Football League player, Kelvin Hayden, whom she first started dating nearly two years ago.

During the chat, Henson, 47, confirmed her relationship status, saying, "I'm happy in my personal life".

"Finally! It has happened to me", Henson sang, quoting CeCe Peinston's song "Finally".

So why is she so secretive about it - and why confirm now? "I just am." She also admitted that some people may have already gotten an idea about it for "it was all over The Shade Room anyway", referencing a notorious gossip site. Speaking on ESSENCE's "Yes, Girl!' podcast, she said: "I'm happy in my personal life". I just am. We've been together for two years. I'm very very happy. There's a difference between "not blasting it" and not having your man escort you to your many red carpets.

'Empire' Star Taraji P. Henson Happy To Be Dating NFL's Kelvin Hayden

Mystery solved! Taraji P. Henson confirmed she has been dating former National Football League cornerback Kelvin Hayden for the past two years. In October, she wrote: "Although I understand NOTHING lasts forever the pain is still very real".

Henson showed off her early Christmas gift from Hayden, a French bulldog puppy she named K-Ball, in an Instagram photo this week. "I've got work to do".

"Christmas came early! Thank you #ZaddyBear I ❤️u so much! y'all" Henson wrote on Sunday, December 10 via Instagram. She followed up Thursday by posting a picture of the dog with Hayden.

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