Taraji P. Henson Reveals How Fiancé Kelvin Hayden Proposed

She cried so hard her "lashes ended up on the floor."

Updated 05/15/18

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Empire star Taraji P. Henson revealed on Monday that her boyfriend of two years, former NFL player Kelvin Hayden, popped the question—and now she's sharing all of the details on the sweet proposal.

“I think he was trying to wait, and he couldn't wait, 'cause he had the ring, and I guess it was burning a hole in his pocket,” Henson told Entertainment Tonight in an interview. “I'm in Atlanta right now, filming What Men Want, and I told him, I said, 'I'm gonna come home for Mother's Day,' and he said, 'Come home!' And I noticed the look in his eyes, but I didn't put it together.”

Henson admitted that she didn't catch on to her now-fiancé's proposal hints at first. “He takes me where we had our first date, I didn't put that together. I didn't put it together until we went into the party room after we ate, and I saw a violinist, 'cause he was trying to say it was his friend's birthday— which it was, on Friday—'Oh, Ronald's gonna have a little get-together in the back room.' And I was like, 'Aw, that's perfect. We'll already be there.' ”

The 47-year-old actress continued, “I go back there and I go, 'Ronald's not into violins, what's going on here?' And as I'm putting the dots together, I turn around, he's on his knee and then the river of tears just started and my lashes ended up on the floor.”

The actress announced her exciting news on Instagram yesterday, sharing a picture of her diamond engagement ring and the Cartier bracelet Hayden got her as a Mother's Day gift. (Hey guys, are you taking notes?)

"I said yes y’all!!!" she captioned her Instagram post. "He started with the Cartier love bracelet BUT that was my #Mothersday gift and then he dropped to his knee and I almost passed out!!!"

The bride-to-be told ET that she'll start her planning soon, but for right now she just wants to enjoy the moment with her fiancé. “People are hitting me up,” she admitted. “It's starting to get overwhelming, and we're thinking, we're talking a year from now, and I know how fast that's going to go, so it's a lot. I'm trying to just enjoy being blissfully engaged for a minute.”

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