25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Red Carpet

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We recently told you that actor Chadwick Boseman and longtime girlfriend Taylor Simone Ledward are a pretty good-looking couple, and we had the pictures to prove it.

Despite the evidence and the many times they’ve been spotted together, the 41-year-old Black Panther star tends to be pretty private about their relationship. He hasn’t actually spoken about her in interviews, hasn’t really taken red carpet photos with her (the pic above is kind of off to the side on the way into the SAG Awards), or posted about her on social media. Now, none of those actions does a healthy and happy relationship make, and there is nothing wrong with wanting to protect a relationship that matters to you. However, it is interesting that it’s been Ledward’s family who has actually spoken publicly to let folks know she and Boseman are an item and have been for a while. Her grandmother spoke to In Touch in 2018 and her sister shut down comments on Instagram that were encouraging a relationship between Boseman and co-star Lupita Nyong’o because, “His real life queen is gorgeous, and together they embody true love,” she said. “Not to mention they would make some beautiful babies!”

But hey, maybe he was just waiting for the perfect moment to celebrate her. That moment finally came on Saturday at the 50th NAACP Image Awards in LA. After winning for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, he gave Ledward a kiss before making his way to the stage. When he shared his acceptance speech, he publicly acknowledged his sweetheart for the first time with a brief but delightful shout-out.

“Simone, you’re with me every day,” he said. “I have to acknowledge you right now. Love you.”

When cameras panned to her, she sent a kiss his way and mouthed, “I love you.”

Sweet and simple moment you can catch here.

The two were first spotted together in 2017, and she’s been by his side since, making it through random rumors that he might have real-life chemistry with Nyong’o and even Regina Hall. Glad to see they’re still going very strong.

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