Taraji P. Henson has had a good year but is making the most of it.
Last month, Henson announced that she called off her wedding and separated from her fiancé of two years, Kelvin Hayden. This important decision in her life came just after she left for Mexico on a girls’ trip turning 50.
“I’m much better, let’s put it that way,” she told ET’s Kevin Frazier before her hosting duties at Sunday’s American Music Awards. Henson and the former NFL pro got engaged in May 2018 after two years of dating. Henson previously said that they tried couples therapy to save their relationship before finally deciding to quit.
While celebrating an important milestone on his birthday, Henson changed his perspective on life and knew that things had to change.
“I felt like I was slipping and I thought, ‘You know what I’m not going to do is let 50 pass me by,” he said. “I’m going to take control of this mentally and I’m not going to say, ‘You’re getting old, nobody cares, you’re not working.’ Well, obviously, nobody is working, it’s COVID. So I felt it coming.”
After calling her coach and staying positive, she says she “doesn’t have those lows anymore,” before sending a message to other people who might be depressed. “So anyone who’s going through this darkness, literally exercising, it really works.”
Meanwhile, Henson couldn’t be more excited to get ready and be the AMA’s emcee.
“They called me to perform on the Billboards and then my agent said, ‘Oh, by the way, they want to know if you want to host the AMAs and I’m like,’ What? Hell yeah, I want to get off this couch and be glamorous. and pretty, ‘”he said. “I studied musical theater, so every time I am on a live theater stage, this is how I see it. I know it is an awards show for music, but it is still an opportunity to show my different talents.”
“I wanted to do all this great opening dance with all these dances and dancers,” he shared. “But we have been limited to how many dancers we can have because of COVID. But we are artists, so we are going to be creative. It will continue to be a really great, amazing and creative show and that’s the big thing. The thing about artists, He can’t stop us. He can’t pin us down, it’s in the guidelines, but they’re still creative. “
Henson has a few tricks up her sleeve and is also very excited to see various acts take the stage.
“I missed the amazing Jennifer Lopez show in Vegas because I was being Cookie, I couldn’t do anything,” she shared. “Jennifer Lopez and Maluma, I can’t wait to see that! Oh yeah that’s what I’m saying, it’s going to be a great show!”
“I’m excited for the Latino community,” she continued, noting that she is also excited for Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez. “The AMAs have opened the categories, as they should, because the Latino community is such an important part of American culture and certainly music and performance are everything.”
J.Lo and Maluma will sing their latest duets, “Pa Ti” and “Lonely”, live for the first time, with Bad Bunny and Cortez singing their worldwide hit, “Dákiti”.
Be sure to check ET Sunday for all your AMA needs. The 2020 AMAs will air live on Sunday, November 22 at 8 p.m. ET / PT on ABC.