Chadwick Boseman quietly married his long-term girlfriend in the final months of his life, the actor’s family has revealed.
In the post, Boseman’s family seemingly confirmed that he had married Taylor Simone Ledward prior to his death, referring to her as his “wife”.
“He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side,” the statement read.
“The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
Boseman, who was notoriously private about his personal life, had been dating Ledward since 2015, when they were first spotted together at Los Angeles International Airport.
The sighting came just after the singer graduated from Cal Polytechnic University Pomona in 2014, where she majored in music industry studies and was lead singer of the school jazz band.
She was then seen with Boseman again in 2017 as he appeared as a guest on US talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and soon began regularly joining him at star-studded premieres including Black Panther and 21 Bridges.
In 2019, reports suggested that the couple was engaged but the rumours were never confirmed.
Both Boseman and Ledward’s family were supportive of the relationship, with the singer’s grandmother telling Intouch Weekly in 2018: “They respect each other. She’s very happy, and he is, too.”
The couple were photographed together several times over the years at Hollywood events and often sat courtside at NBA games.
Most recently, they were spotted in February at the NBA All-Star Game in Chicago.
At the NAACP Image Awards in March 2019, the pair shared a rare moment of public affection when Boseman kissed Ledward before going on stage to accept the award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.
“Simone, you’re with me every day. I have to acknowledge you right now. Love you,” he said in his acceptance speech.
When the cameras panned to Ledward, she could be seen mouthing back the words: “I love you.”
The cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been sharing tributes to Boseman following the news of his death, including Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo, which you can read here.