Taraji P. Henson Skipped the Met Gala for John Singleton’s Funeral

Taraji P. Henson has attended the Met Gala in the past, but unfortunately the actress had to back out this year to pay her respects at John Singleton’s funeral.

Director John Singleton sadly passed away last week at the age of 51 after suffering a stroke. He was a friend of Taraji’s, having worked with her on projects such as “Baby Boy” and “Four Brothers.” Henson was slated to attend the Met Gala alongside designer Vera Wang, but ended up skipping the event and sharing why by re-gramming an Instagram message from Vera that read, “Dear Taraji, Thinking of you tonight. Miss you. Lots of Love, Vera.”

Taraji captioned the post with a heartfelt explanation: "Y’all I was supposed to be @verawang date tonight for the #metgala but as some of you may know I had to bury my dear sweet friend #JohnSingleton today in LA. I had to back out of the #Met because My head would NOT have been in the game. @verawang is such a classy Lady she sent flowers and totally understood my position. I LOVE YOU FOREVER @verawang NEXT YEAR WILL BE THE CHARM FOR US!!! GOOD LUCK TONIGHT!!!”

Vera Wang did end up going to the event, a celebration for which she has often dressed huge stars. Last year, Ariana Grande wowed in the designer’s dreamy Sistine Chapel-inspired gown. Wang was also behind the Met looks of big names like Rita Ora, Selena Gomez, Mila Kunis and Hailee Steinfeld. Taraji has worn Vera Wang to previous events, including the 2019 Golden Globes, the 2018 Oscars and the 2016 Emmys.

Since John Singleton’s death, Taraji has shared a series of photos mourning the loss of her friend with words that express how much he meant to her.

A part of one of her sweet captions read, “You gave me my first big break in #BabyBoy and again in #HustleandFlow you believed in me when Hollywood did not get me at all!!!Throughout my career when I needed advice it was YOU I called and you answered EACH AND EVERY TIME with sound advice. YOU NOTICED MY FUNNY AND COMEDIC TIMING LOOOONG BEFORE HOLLYWOOD CAUGHT ON and you named me Lucy (after Lucille Ball)!!!”

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My heart is broken!!! I am at a loss for words. Can’t stop crying. I WILL MISS YOU MY DEAR FRIEND JOHN SINGLETON!!! You gave me my first big break in #BabyBoy and again in #HustleandFlow you believed in me when Hollywood did not get me at all!!!Throughout my career when I needed advice it was YOU I called and you answered EACH AND EVERY TIME with sound advice. YOU NOTICED MY FUNNY AND COMEDIC TIMING LOOOONG BEFORE HOLLYWOOD CAUGHT ON and you named me Lucy (after Lucille Ball)!!! MY GOD!!! Up next for us was the Emmett Till story.................I am just broken!!! God bless your mom and your beautiful babies and family. Praying for ALL of our strength as we try and move on without you. MY GOD MY GOD!!! #RIHJohnSingleton 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

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