Taraji P. Henson Breaks Down Over Memory Of Telling Son About Father's Murder

Written by on January 6, 2021

Taraji P. Henson is opening up about therapeutic from the heartbreak of her son’s father’s homicide. 

In a preview clip of Wednesday’s episode of her new discuss present, “Peace of Thoughts with Taraji,” the “Empire” alum broke down in tears as she recalled the expertise of telling her then 9-year-old son, Marcell, that his father had died.

“My son’s father was all of a sudden taken, murdered, when he was 9, and I didn’t know methods to inform him that,” Henson instructed co-host Tracie Jade Jenkins and therapist Sierra Hillsman. “I couldn’t inform him he was murdered, so I instructed him he died in an accident.”

The actor’s ex-boyfriend, William “Mark” Johnson, was stabbed to demise in 2003 after reportedly confronting a pair for slashing his buddy’s tires, in keeping with The Washington Put up.

“Afterward in life, he discovered and he got here again to me and was like, ‘Why didn’t you inform me my daddy was murdered?’ And so then we needed to get remedy,” the “Hidden Figures” star continued.

The Golden Globe winner stated she was at at loss over methods to talk the main points of the tragedy to her younger son.

When prompted for recommendation on methods to break such devastating information to kids, Hillsman inspired viewers to “use age-appropriate language” and defined that on this state of affairs, she would say, “Folks do evil issues to different individuals.”

″I didn’t have the balls — it wouldn’t come out,” a tearful Henson replied. “It was within the paper and I didn’t know methods to inform him. He was stabbed to demise, it was the worst means you can die.”

“I simply didn’t have the phrases. I didn’t know methods to inform a 9-year-old,” she added.

In her 2016 memoir “Round The Means Woman,” Henson touched on her risky romance with Johnson, whom she met at 17 years previous whereas rising up in Washington, D.C. The actor claimed that Johnson was bodily abusive throughout their relationship, which ended shortly earlier than his demise.

“With that separation, my ceaselessly man, my old flame, was no extra,” she wrote.

Following the breakout success of Fb Watch’s “Pink Desk Discuss,” the actor launched “Peace of Thoughts with Taraji” on the video platform in December. The discuss present goals to deal with psychological well being points with a selected deal with the Black neighborhood and encompasses a slew of superstar company, together with Gabrielle Union, Jay Pharoah, Tamar Braxton and Mary J. Blige.


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