Taraji P. Henson recently paid tribute to her late dad in a tear-jerking post. Two years ago, the “Empire” star was sharing with the world how and why the same man once tried to kidnap her.
Henson took to Instagram a few days ago to pour out her heart on a day that would have been her late dad’s birthday.
Alongside a photo of her pops in a gray jacket and black pants, Henson wrote:
“Today is rough for me. I miss you, daddy!!! Happy birthday!!!! I wish I could talk to you. I wish I could hear your laugh ......your voice just one more time .........just one more time.....I WISH!!!”
Hordes of fans showed up in the comments section to console the actress while others shared similar experiences.
“Blessings Taraji,” wrote Instagram user @mariahmstephenson. “I know the feeling because my father passed away on Father’s Day last year.”
Another person @meshonibrand said:
“Prayers with you. My condolences.”
Two years ago, in an interview with ET, Henson revealed that her father once tried to kidnap her. Her parents had an abusive marriage and eventually divorced when she was four, and it was during that time that he made a move.
"She has admitted to seeking treatment herself and also revealed that her son, Marcell, has mental health struggles following his father’s murder in 2003."
"My father, he was homeless," said the “Proud Mary” star. "He served in the military. He was a police officer. He battled with his demons just like all humans do, but my father didn't hide it from me."
Henson, 48, also said looking back, she realized her father only wanted to spend time with her.
Last year, Henson launched the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation (BLHF) in honor of her late father. The foundation sought to fight the existing stigma and increase awareness about mental health issues in the African American community.
The award-winning star spoke further about her beloved father, a war veteran, in a statement:
“I named the organization after my father because of his complete and unconditional love for me; his unabashed, unashamed ability to tell the truth, even if it hurt; and his strength to push through his own battles with mental health issues.”
Henson continues to be open about mental health issues in hopes that it will help many others come to terms with theirs.
Henson’s father may be gone, but we have a feeling he’d have been super proud of how his daughter turned out.