Who Is Chadwick Boseman’s Wife? Here’s What to Know About Taylor Simone Ledward

Who is Chadwick Boseman’s wife, Taylor Simone Ledward? That’s a question fans have been asking ever since news broke on Aug. 28 that the Black Panther actor had died following a years-long battle with cancer. Ledward is said to be one of the last people who saw Boseman in his final moments, but beyond that, little is known about her. Ahead, find out more about Ledward and the relationship she had with Boseman before his untimely death.

Taylor Simone Ledward and Chadwick Boseman
Taylor Simone Ledward and Chadwick Boseman at an event in November 2019 | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Who is Taylor Simone Ledward?

Leward is a singer who appears to live in Los Angeles, per The Mirror. She seemingly took an interest in music early on and went on to major in Music Industry Studies at California State Polytechnic University Pomona. While there, she reportedly joined the school’s jazz band and was eventually made the lead singer.

After graduating from the university in 2014, Leward continued on with her music career. She has not gained attention for any particular song, but it has been reported that she appeared on the hit competition series The X Factor, though those rumors have not been confirmed.

Taylor Simone Ledward and Chadwick Boseman
Taylor Simone Ledward and Chadwick Boseman at a basketball game in October 2019 | Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images

Inside Taylor Simone Ledward’s relationship with Chadwick Boseman

Ledward was linked to Boseman in 2015 when they were seen at an airport in Los Angeles. They were photographed together several times in the years that followed and eventually started making appearances together, including at movie premieres for Boseman’s films Black Panther (2018) and 21 Bridges (2019).

The pair never explicitly confirmed their relationship, but Ledward’s grandmother went public with the news in a 2018 interview with In Touch Weekly, telling the outlet: “They respect each other. She’s very happy, and he is, too.” 

Taylor Simone Ledward and Chadwick Boseman
Taylor Simone Ledward and Chadwick Boseman at an award show in January 2019 | Sarah Morris/Getty Images

From there, the couple continued to keep a low profile. But Boseman gave Ledward a rare shoutout in March 2019 at the NAACP Awards when he won an award for his role in Black Panther.

“Simone, you’re with me every day. I have to acknowledge you right now. Love you,” he said as cameras cut to Ledward mouthing the words, “I love you.”

By October, rumors were swirling that they had gotten engaged after Ledward was seen sporting a diamond on her ring finger. They never acknowledged the reports and went on to tie the knot in a secret ceremony as Boseman’s health deteriorated.

Chadwick Boseman has died from cancer

Boseman died at 43 after battling colon cancer for four years, his family said in a statement shared to his social media page. “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. ⁣ … He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side,” the statement said in part.

Ledward has not publicly commented on Boseman’s death at the time of this writing. Just Jared notes that she is on social media but that her settings are set on private.