Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

Taraji Henson’s Painful Road To Hollywood Fame Proves Everything Is Possible.

Most people would recognize Taraji P. Henson in a crowd by now. She's a successful film and television actress with roles in Baby Boy, Hustle & Flow, Empire, and more. She's also incredibly charismatic -- every time she shows up at an award show, she somehow manages to go viral with her speeches or adorable reactions.

But what many people don't know is that Henson has a dark past, one speckled with pain, heartache, and violence and moments that would change the course of her life forever. Now, Henson is sharing some of those dark memories, along with why they were so important for her and her son, Marcell, to get through.

It's hard to believe that someone at her level of success has ever been in such a dark place, but it's also a testiment to her character that she's made it this far in spite of it all. See Henson's story below.

Taraji P. Henson is a talented actress, best known for her role on FOX's "Empire."

Recently, Henson opened up about her past -- it's a heartbreaking story, and what's more surprising is that most have no idea what she's been through before becoming famous.

Taraji P. Henson is a talented actress, best known for her role on FOX's "Empire."

Taraji’s former boyfriend, William LaMarr Johnson -- the father of her 20-year-old son, Marcell -- was brutally beaten and knifed to death 12 years ago.

She met Johnson while she was attending Howard University in Washington D.C., and she became pregnant during her junior year.

Taraji’s former boyfriend, William LaMarr Johnson -- the father of her 20-year-old son, Marcell -- was brutally beaten and knifed to death 12 years ago.

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Even at the time, Henson realized that Johnson might get caught up in some trouble.

“I had my one bad boy," she remembers.

Even at the time, Henson realized that Johnson might get caught up in some trouble.

What happened to Johnson is eerily reminiscent of some of the plot lines in Henson's show, "Empire."

In 2003, Johnson confronted neighbors in the D.C. apartment and accused them of slashing his friend's tires. A fight broke out, and the neighbors beat Johnson to the ground before stabbing him multiple times.

What happened to Johnson is eerily reminiscent of some of the plot lines in Henson's show, "Empire."

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Johnson left behind Henson and their son, Marcell.

“His dad was murdered when Marcell was 9,” Henson says of her son. “He’s had to deal with life in a way that a lot of young kids haven’t yet.”

Johnson left behind Henson and their son, Marcell.

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