Chadwick Boseman‘s widow, Simone Ledward Boseman, honoured the memory of her late husband in her first sit-down interview since his death.
Speaking with Whoopi Goldberg in a segment that aired on Good Morning America, Simone reflected on life with and after Chadwick, who died in 2020 after a four-year battle with colon cancer.
“I met this person who is this wonderful man and he then ended up being a global super star, and really after Black Panther came out, it did kind of happen overnight,” she told Goldberg. “I can’t believe that I was so lucky. I can’t believe that I got to love this person. And I also got them to love me, too.”
Living without him, she said, “has been the most challenging two years I’ve ever had in my life.”
Of Chadwick’s decision to keep his fight against colon cancer out of the spotlight, Simone explained, “It was COVID when things were really starting to spiral and that meant that everybody was in their house and there was no pressure for anybody to go outside. It seemed like, ‘Is this a crazy coincidence that we get to actually be inside, we get to be here with family together?’ And everybody in the world is also experiencing this togetherness in the midst of this awful cary unpredictable time. … Our circle was basically a dot.”
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She spoke candidly about the cycles of grief she’s moved through since his death. “Some days I’m doing worse than I’m really willing to acknowledge and other days I’m doing better than I feel comfortable admitting,” she said. “You know, the grief really moves in.”
Last year, Simone accepted the Golden Globe Award for Chadwick for his performance in his final film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
“He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify the little voice inside of all of us that tells you you can, that tells you to keep going, that calls you back to what you are meant to be doing in this moment,” she said in her emotional speech. She ended with a heartfelt message to her husband: “Honey, you keep them coming.”
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.