Trai Byers and Grace Gealey, stars of Fox hit series Empire, are now engaged.

Empire Stars Trai Byers and Grace Gealy Engaged

Byers’ (Andre Lyon) is engaged to Empire co-star and “future step-mother” Gealy (Anika Calhoun).

Rumors of the two dating have been spreading across the web for the past few months, and now Byers has finally popped the question.

Byers, 33, reportedly threw a surprise birthday party for Gealey, 31, at Chicago restaurant Kinmont Sunday night.

“She thought it would just be the two of them going to dinner, but when they got there, he had arranged a party for about 20 of her friends and family members to surprise her,” a source told E! News. Gealey was seen wearing a diamond ring at dinner.

Gealy was greeted by several of her other Empire castmates, including Kaitlin Doubleday, Gabourey Sidibe and Jussie Smollett.

In a recent interview with Essence Live, Byers was asked who he would choose between Cookie, played by Taraji P. Henson, or Gealey’s character, Anika.

“There’s something about the realness of Anika,” Byers said. “She’s been in a relationship with this man for five years. She’s the head of A&R because she’s smart and educated and really worked her way up.”

“Some of the circumstances she’s going through seem to really hit hard in my core in regard to what relationships should be and how they fall apart,” Byers added.

Empire is up for three Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 12, including an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nomination.

Empire returns for a second season on Sept. 23. Guest stars will include Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, Ludacris, and Chris Rock.

Leave a comment

Read more about: