It looks like Cookie’s love life on Empire is about to get a whole lot juicier. Model and actor Tyrese Gibson has just revealed that he will soon be guest-starring on Fox’s smash hit show as a new love interest of Taraji P. Henson’s fierce character, Cookie.
Gibson and Henson previously played passionate lovers in 2001’s Baby Boy. Now, it looks like the two are set to reunite as on-screen flames once again. According to the New York Post, Gibson spilled the beans while appearing on Wendy Williams’ talk show. “I’m coming to get my girl back,” he reportedly told the crowd of the upcoming guest role.
The actor didn’t reveal specific details about the character he’ll be playing (or when exactly he’ll show), but he did say that the reunion with Henson has been a long time coming, and that fans can expect it to be pretty steamy. “All them dudes on there kissing on my girl… I’m kinda done with seeing all that,” Gibson joked.
As fans know, Cookie has been pretty unlucky in the romance department so far. She and ex-husband Lucious Lyon (played by Terrence Howard) briefly started their relationship up again last season, but it didn’t last very long — mainly because Lucious was engaged to another woman at the time. Cookie also had a short fling with Lucious’ head of security, Malcolm (played by Derek Luke), but that also ended abruptly. With Lucious now in jail and out of the way, it’s about time she got a new love in her life.
Still, while it’ll be nice to see Cookie get a little romance, it probably won’t last too long, knowing her. As she’s made very clear time and time again, her biggest priority now isn’t love — it’s ensuring the future of Empire for her and her sons.
Empire airs on Wednesdays at 9/8c on Fox.