Since taking our hearts in Baby Boy, Taraji P. Henson has become a Golden Globe Winning Actress, stared in major Hollywood films and is the star of the #1 show on television. Today marks the release of Henson’s Memoir ‘Around the Way Girl’. Henson, along with co-writer Denene Millner, tells personal stories from Henson’s past. Henson writes candidly about the challenges she’s faced and how she’s overcome them, such as when she went into “Single Mom Hustle Mode” and made a career out of 700 dollars and dream.

In the memoir, Henson tells the story of her dangerous relationship with her son’s father, Mark. At one point, during a dispute, he became physically abusive.

“I whooped. He whooped,” Henson writes. “Then, the next thing I knew, Mark’s balled-up fist was coming straight for my face. I fell onto the bed crying and holding my mouth; blood seeped off my lips and across my teeth, washing a nasty, bitter, metallic taste over my tongue.”

The now Empire star ended their relationship after that fight, but Mark learned to deal with his anger and remained a part of the child’s life until his death in 2003.

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