This year, a lot of people have had a terrible time, with so many ups, downs and not so funny happenings; and Taraji P. Henson is in this category, but recently, she’s doing just fine.
THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT
Last month, Taraji Henson announced that she has called off her wedding with her fiance of about two years, Kelvin Hayden. She took this decision happened after her trip to Mexico.
“I am much better, let’s put it that way,” she told ET’s Kevin Frazier ahead of her hosting duties at Sunday’s American Music Awards. Henson and the former NFL pro got engaged in May 2018 after two years of dating. Henson initially said the couples therapy they tried to do, to save their relationship, failed, and hence they just have to call off the engagement.
Taraji Henson made some decisions concerning her outlook on life. After her 50th birthday; she just knew things had to take another shape.
“I felt myself slipping and so I was like, ‘You know what I am not going to do is let 50 happen to me,” she confessed. “I am going to get control of this mentally and not be like, ‘You are getting old, don’t nobody care, you ain’t working,’ Well, duh, no one is working, it is COVID. So I felt that coming.”
After calling her trainer and staying positive, she says she doesn’t “have those low lows anymore,” before sending a message to others who might be feeling down. “So anybody out there, that might be going through this darkness, literally, working out, it really works.”
HOSTING THE AMA
Taraji Henson, meanwhile, couldn’t be more excited to get all dolled up and host the American Music Award.
“I got called to present at the Billboards and then my agent goes, ‘Oh by the way, they want to know if you want to host the AMAs and I am like, ‘What? Hell yeah, I want to get off this sofa and be glamorous and pretty,'” she said. “I studied musical theater, so any time I get to be on a live theater stage, that’s how I look at it. I know it is an award show for music but it is still a chance for me to show my different talents.”
“I wanted to do this whole big, huge opening dance number with all of these dances and dancers,” she shared. “But we have been limited to the amount of dancers we can have due to COVID. But we are artists, so we are going to be creative. It is still going to be a really big show and amazing and creative and that is the great thing about artists, you can’t hold us down. You can’t pin us down, you are in the guidelines, but they are still creative.”
“I’m excited for the Latin community,” she continued, noting she’s also excited for Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez. “The AMAs have opened up the categories, as they should because the Latin community is such a huge part of American culture and certainly the music and representation is everything.”
J.Lo and Maluma will be singing their latest duets, “Pa Ti” and “Lonely,” live for the first time, with Bad Bunny and Cortez singing their global hit, “Dákiti.”
Ensure not to miss ET on Sunday for all your AMA needs. The 2020 AMAs will air live on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.