'Cookie and Jamal!': Fans love 'loyal' Taraji P Henson's reunion pics with Jussie Smollett
Taraji P Henson is a true friend and she proved it by sticking by Jussie Smollett, despite the risk of taking heat from critics. She grew close to the embattled actor when they were working on FOX's 'Empire.' She hung out with Smollett, who plays her son Jamal on the show, even after his convictions on six counts of felony disorder and four false police reports three years ago. Jussie is currently released on a $150,000 personal recognizance bond.
Henson herself shared the news of her reunion with her on-screen son via her Instagram on Saturday, June 11. The carousel post included a series of her selfies and one with Smollett. She rocked the casual chic look.
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Taraji was dressed in a sleeveless denim crop top and paired it with matching flared pants. She brought it together with a black belt and had some stunning sunglasses on, along with hoop earrings and flip-flops to complete her look. One of the images in the multi-post showed her sitting next to her friend Jussie. Henson's followers loved this interaction between the duo and prised the former's loyalty. Comments included, "That Jussie in the slide! I love you both!" and "Jussieeeeeeee!!! Love to see it😍😍😍."
That wasn't all. "Cookie and jamal! 😢," one said, while another exclaimed, "Jamaaaaaaal!!! Love you and jussi". "My favvvvvvssss" and "Beautiful!! Hey Jussie!!!🙂," wrote others.
Meanwhile, some commended her for staying by her friend. One said, "If anything I feel like he needs a friend, so I'm happy she's there to support whatever he's going through," while another added, "Good for her. If someone is your friend you support them."
"Good for them ..I'm happy Taraji isn't letting social media bullies dictate her life and who she can have in it," one said. "When friendship is real you're going to stick beside each other no matter what the people say!" someone added. Anoother said, "He's not canceled I love him" and someone responded, "He cancelled ? By who ?"
She captioned the post, "Yesterday ❤️❤️❤️💋💋💋"
After being found guilty of making false reports, Jussie was sentenced to serve 150 days behind bars and two and a half years on probation in March. Taraji was among those who publicly called for his freedom. On her Instagram, she said, "I am not here to debate you on his innocence but we can agree that the punishment does not fit the crime. Emmett Till was brutally beat and ultimately murdered because of a lie and none of the people involved with his demise spent one day in jail, even after Carolyn Bryant admitted that her claims were false. No one was hurt or killed during Jussie's ordeal. He has already lost everything, EVERYTHING!"
She continued, "He can't get a job. No one in Hollywood will hire him and again as an artist who loves to create, that is prison. My prayer is that he is freed and put on house arrest and probation because in this case that would seem fair."