Chadwick Boseman burst onto the limelight when he played the role of the superhero Black Panther in the movies, Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. These Marvel Cinematic Universe Films gave Chadwick his big break after a long career in film and television.

Chadwick landed his first recurring role in the series Lincoln Heights. A couple of years later, he landed another recurring role in the show, Persons Unknown. In 2013, he played his first starring role in the film, 42. His performance set him up for other starring roles in the films Get on Up and Marshall.

This piece will look at Chadwick Boseman’s unfortunate demise, the relationship he had with his wife Taylor Simone and his rumored relationship with Lupita Nyong’o.

Chadwick secretly married Taylor Simone before he passed away due to cancer

Chadwick Boseman and Taylor Simone
Juan Ocampo/NBAE

Chadwick Boseman recently passed away after a secret four-year battle with colon cancer. In the early hours of 29th August 2020, his family released a statement via twitter reading:

“He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

Chadwick wed his long-time girlfriend Taylor Simone in secret as he battled cancer. It’s unclear when Taylor and Chadwick started dating, but there are photos of the couple dating back to 2015. Taylor and Chadwick were later spotted together in L.A. after Chadwick appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! In June 2017.

In February 2018, Taylor attended a Black Panther after-party alongside Chadwick. Later that month, Chadwick and Taylor attended the NBA All-Star game alongside Michael B. Jordan. These sightings were enough for fans to start speculating that something was going on between the couple. However, Taylor and Chadwick didn’t confirm their rumored relationship.

Simone’s grandmother seemed to confirm the relationship when she spoke to In Touch Weekly. She said; “They respect each other. She is very happy, and he is, too.”

Taylor’s sister also had something to say about her sister’s relationship with Chadwick. In March 2018, a fan posted a photo of Lupita Nyong’o and Chadwick. The fan suggested that Lupita and Chadwick continue their on-screen romance in real life. However, an Instagram user called @i_ledz posted an interesting comment;

“His real life queen is gorgeous, and together they embody true love. Not to mention they would make some beautiful babies.”

The mysterious user was confirmed to be Taylor’s sister, but she has since privatized her Instagram account. In the space of a couple of months, two members of Simone’s family had confirmed that there was a relationship between Chadwick and Taylor.

Chadwick erased all doubts about his relationship with Taylor when the couple appeared together at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards. The couple looked very close as they posed for photos on the red carpet.

He got engaged to Simone in Malibu after the couple dated for close to five years

Taylor Simone and Chadwick Boseman
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Taylor and Simone have been together now for close to 5 years. There were reports about an engagement earlier on in the relationship, but the reports turned out to be false. However, MTO News reported that the couple got engaged in Malibu.

The reports came after Chadwick and Simone were spotted shopping for jewelry. Chadwick reportedly took the opportunity to buy a ring for Simone. Chadwick went down one knee as the couple celebrated their love in Malibu. A friend of the couple told MTO News:

“Chadwick and Simone got engaged. It was a long time coming and everyone is really happy.”

Chadwick and Simone haven’t confirmed the rumors, but Taylor was spotted wearing a huge diamond ring as the couple attended an LA Lakers game at Staples Center. That sighting seems to confirm that Chadwick and Simone are indeed engaged.

The source talking to MTO News said that Chadwick and Simone plan to tie the knot sometime in early 2020.

Fellow Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o denied rumors that she was in a relationship with Chadwick

Just like his co-star Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick was rumored to be dating Lupita Nyong’o. Lupita and Chadwick appeared together on Black Panther. Lupita (Nakia) and Chadwick (T’Challa) play a separated couple that still cares about each other. T’Challa wants Nakia to become the queen of Wakanda, but she feels that her purpose is to serve people outside her country.

Lupita and Chadwick have great chemistry on-screen, and fans hoped that the couple would continue their relationship in real life. Chadwick talked about Lupita in an interview with E! News;

“It’s not hard to fall in love with Lupita. She is a beautiful person, she is intelligent, strong, assertive… You know you fall in love with people when you see them in their light, when you see them doing what they do…They illuminate a certain aura.”

Lupita clearly left a great impression on Chadwick, but she clarified that there was nothing going on between the couple. She told E! News:

“I think it’s just natural, really. Chadwick, he’s easy on the eye, wouldn’t you say? Chadwick is truly a magnetic person. He’s magnetic! That was something I didn’t have to work very hard at – in fact, what I had to work hard at was pulling back. Because Nakia, she’s not there. She’s not here anymore – not yet. It’s complicated. Their Facebook status is ‘It’s Complicated.’”

There is nothing complicated between Chadwick and Lupita in real life. They are really good friends.

Chadwick’s kept his colon cancer diagnosis secret for four years

Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016, and before his death, nobody outside his private circle knew about the diagnosis. He starred in films, appeared at events, and cracked jokes during interviews while behind the scenes, he secretly underwent surgeries and aggressive chemotherapy. Unfortunately, he succumbed to the deadly disease.

Chadwick preferred to keep his personal life private. It is the reason why people know very little about his personal life. He was active on Instagram, but most of his posts related to his work. Part of the reason why he didn’t have many personal posts was because of his dedication to furthering his career.

His role in Black Panther gave him a lot of exposure in the acting world, but he didn’t want to be remembered because of only one film. He told GQ; “I try to remove myself from the impact of the movie, because I have to get back to work. I can’t rest on my laurels.”