Taraji P Henson blames childhood trauma for being single

Taraji P Henson has talked about the trauma she faced as a child as her father suffered from bipolar disorder and believes she has struggled to hold down relationships

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Actress Taraji P Henson has talked about the trauma she faced as a child as her father suffered from bipolar disorder and believes she has struggled to hold down relationships as she needs to act as a “caretaker” for men in her life.

Speaking on the ‘WTF with Marc Maron’ podcast, Henson said: “At a young age, that’s unfair, I don’t know but that’s in me now. I don’t know I just, I ain’t married, because I find the men I need to fix. You can’t fix anybody.”

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The ‘Proud Mary’ star earlier shared that she felt suicidal at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and was embarrassed at her lowest ebb.

She had said: “You feel embarrassed to have those thoughts, and why? Why should you feel embarrassed? That is a real thought that you’re having in real time. Don’t shun it. It’s real. Deal with it.”

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The actress, who has 27-year-old son Marcell with her late partner William LaMarr Johnson, found that thoughts of ending her life quickly subsided when she discussed her feelings with a friend.

She said: “I felt myself withdrawing. People were calling me, I wasn’t responding a Finally, I’m talking to one of my girlfriends and I knew – I was smart enough to say, ‘I have to say it’. because a part of me was ashamed. I was like, I don’t want them to think I’m crazy.

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“So one day I just blurted it out, to my girlfriend. She called me in the morning and I was like, ‘You know I thought about killing myself last night’. And, (I said) ‘Oh my god, I feel so much better. I’m not gonna do it now’.”

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