Why Taraji P Henson Wanted to Take Her Own Life Amid Quarantine

Gracious Egedegbe
Dec 24, 2020
03:20 P.M.

Taraji P Henson revealed that she almost ended her own life during the COVID-19 lockdown period. The popular actress shared this during a recent episode of her new Facebook talk show.


"Empire" star Taraji P Henson recently got candid about her struggles with mental health, and the actress made a shocking revelation of her experiences amid the COVID-19 quarantine.

A new episode of Henson's Facebook talk show, "Peace of Mind," saw her and actress Tracie Jade speaking with clinical psychologist LaShonda Green.

Taraji P. Henson at the 2018 Fox Network Upfront at Wollman Rink, Central Park on May 14, 2018. | Photo: Getty Images

Taraji P. Henson at the 2018 Fox Network Upfront at Wollman Rink, Central Park on May 14, 2018. | Photo: Getty Images

Henson recounted her experience with suicidal thoughts during the pandemic. The actress described her episodes as a dark moment, adding that she could not get out of bed for a couple of days and did not care.

She continued to explain that she suddenly started thinking about ending her own life, noting that she had purchased a gun a while before then. According to Henson, the suicidal thoughts came two nights in a row.


Considering how frequent the thoughts came, Henson knew she had to tell someone and ended up blurting it out to one of her friends. For the actress, opening up about her struggle helped her overcome it.


In response to Henson's revelation, Dr. Green explained that having unhealthy thoughts is not always abnormal and added that the actress must have had a cathartic experience when she opened up.

In March, Henson opened up about how they were preparing for their big day and described the process as overwhelming.

Henson's latest revelation comes only a few weeks after the actress admitted she was doing much better following her split from ex-fiance Kelvin Hayden whom she was with for about four years.


She explained that turning 50 in September changed her perspective and allowed her to gain better control of her mental health, which invariably made her get over the breakup faster.


The actress first confirmed the end of her romance with Hayden in October. According to Henson, their relationship was no longer working, and therapy did not seem to help.

Henson and Hayden started their relationship a few years back. By 2018, the duo got engaged and had their wedding slated to be held this year.

In March, Henson opened up about how they were preparing for their big day and described the process as overwhelming when coupled with her busy work schedule.

They had initially planned to tie the knot in April, but after much consideration, it was shifted to July to avoid their guests getting too hot from the summer weather.

Sadly, this never happened, and even though their split was indeed a painful experience, Henson seems to be in a better place and is dealing with her struggles like the queen that she is.

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