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Taraji Henson Gives Godly Advice to Fan Who Was Self-Harming

Taraji Henson Gives Godly Advice to Fan Who Was Self-Harming

Taraji P. Henson poses with the award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama for her role in "Empire" backstage at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, January 10, 2016. | (Photo: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)

A fan of "Empire" actress Taraji P. Henson reached out to the star on Twitter last week to reveals that she inspired her to stop self-harming by cutting her body.

"You might not even know u saved me from myself," the fan wrote on Twitter. "I used to cut but u gave me the power to stop."

Instead of taking the credit, Henson shifted the focus to God.

"Baby U R important! GOD hand picked U 2 B here," the entertainer wrote in response. "U have a purpose!KNOW THAT GOD IS! No more hurting yourself."

Henson's faith in God has always been an integral part of her success in Hollywood. While she has maintained a 20-year acting career with a multitude of roles, Henson won her first Golden Globe Award for best performance by an actress in a television series in January.

After winning a Golden Globe Award last January for her portrayal of the character "Cookie" on "Empire," Henson told "Extra" about the spiritual component of acting.

"That is our soul we expose to the world, so whenever people receive it and people go, 'Oh, we want to give you something,' it always feels good," she said.

In an interview with The Christian Post in 2014, the actress shared how her Christian faith has impacted her career.

"It has definitely kept me sane and continues to keep me sane because I know how I got here. I moved to California with $700 in my pocket with my son and a dream and faith," Henson told CP. "And every time a door would close I would pray to God, like 'I know you've got a plan for me because I'm still here.' There's a plan for me and I believe in that."

During an interview with Uptown magazine last year, Henson spoke about her feelings of envy toward actress Amy Adams and how her Christian faith helped her overcome those emotions.

"I used to have this crazy thing with Amy Adams. You see her consistently getting nominated, as she should, because Amy does good work," Henson said. "But, it's like, 'Well, I did good work too.' But if you choose to stay in that place then you become miserable."

"It's a pity party and nobody cares. I'm human, so I've done it," she added. "But I check that because it's ego and it's the devil."

Although Henson later became an Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe winning actress with countless other awards and accolades under her belt, there was a point in time when she had no accomplishments to feel secure about. In those moments, Henson turned to God.

Whenever I thought I was supposed to get something and it didn't fall through, I would just fall back to God and be like 'OK, well what else. Because whatever You've got must be better than this,'" she told CP. "And then it is, it always is."


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