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Taraji P. Henson: I wouldn't wish being a single mother on my worst enemy

The 48-year-old actress has raised her son Marcell, 24, on her own since his father, William Johnson, was murdered in 2003, and Taraji admitted it's been a huge challenge for her

Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Taraji P Henson in Johannesburg as part of her 'Empire' tour.  Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN

LONDON - Hollywood star Taraji P. Henson has admitted she wouldn't wish being a single mother on her "worst enemy".

The 48-year-old actress has raised her son Marcell, 24, on her own since his father, William Johnson, was murdered in 2003, and she's admitted it's been a huge challenge for her.

She shared: "It's hard. I dreamed he would go stay with his dad in his teens, or my dad. I didn't date. I wondered: 'Does he have enough confidence in himself as a black man?'

"I wouldn't wish being a single mother on my worst enemy. You need both parents."

The actress attends every therapy every week and the actress said that in spite of the success she's enjoyed during her career, she still feels vulnerable to everyday pressures and worries.

She told NET-A-PORTER's weekly digital magazine, PorterEdit: "I go every Saturday to therapy. Just because you see me on television doesn't make those voices in my head go away."

Henson is now engaged to former NFL player Kelvin Hayden, after he proposed to her in May 2018.

And the actress feels relieved that she took her time and waited for the perfect man to come into her life.

She explained: "I didn't wanna settle. I just waited.

"[When he proposed] his hand was all clammy. [I was like] 'Dude, you have been quizzing me for a year about getting married. Do you think I'm gonna say no?'"

Meanwhile, Henson previously revealed she has ambitions to "work smarter, not harder" in Hollywood.

The Empire star said: "I want every walk of life [in my films]. If I could put an alien in, I would.

"I want their money too. Come on, it's what the world looks like. That's what people want to see, representation. That's all. You can make money doing it. It's a no-brainer.

"The older I get, I want to work smarter, not harder. DC, Marvel, you all can call me!"

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