Single ladies around the world better get ready because Terrence Howard is back on the market.
If you’ve been wondering why Terrence has been popping up at events by himself lately, he just told S2S exclusively that he’s a single man again. The actor, who’s starring in Disney’s The Princess and The Frog, had been engaged to Colombian actress Zulay Henao for a few months.
Terrence proposed to his ex-fiancée in Prague while he was filming Red Tails. When we asked what happened between him and Zulay, he only answered, “That [it] didn’t work out.”
But instead of getting back in the saddle, Terrence is just taking time to just work on himself. When he’s ready to start dating again, though, Taraji P. Henson, won’t be one of the ladies looking to win his love.
Terrence and Taraji have really amazing chemistry, and it was on full display when they co-hosted the Soul Train Awards in Atlanta. However, she said that isn’t ever going to turn into anything romantic. “I ain’t thinkin’ about Terrence,” she insists.
“I think Terrence is an incredible man, and he’s going to be incredible to some woman, but I’m not her,” Taraji continued. “I would rather keep Terrence as a really close friend and in my life forever than cross that line and potentially ruin a good friendship.”
The two had to be good friends to share a smooch like the one they had at the Awards, which the public won’t get to see until November 29 on BET and Centric at 9 p.m. EST. They’re quick to point out that that was scripted moment that really expressed what “Soul Train” meant to them.
“It was our family tradition,” Terrence said, recalling that it was as much a part of their Saturday ritual as cleaning up the house. “You grow up, you get in front of that television and you get next to it. And you love it. You’re encouraged by the dancers, and you’re encouraged by the family being around you.”
“Absolutely, I never missed it,” Taraji added before commenting on the Awards. “It just was like a celebration of what the Soul Train Awards meant in our lives. So much so that we’re bringing it back.
Many can’t think of “Soul Train” without immediately thinking about Don Cornelius, and many wondered why he wasn’t in the building for the ceremony, which was recorded earlier this month.
“If he could have been there, he would have. He’s just not as well as he used to be,” Terrence explained. “We tried to represent an bring the class that he brought to our neighborhoods and let us know that we are a people.”
— Sonya Eskridge