'Empire': This Is Trai and Grace Byers Love Story
Trai and Grace Byers met on the set of the hit Fox series Empire in 2015, and the rest has been history since. It goes without saying that the two make an incredibly good-looking couple on the red carpet, and are deeply in love with each other. Check out their thoughts on a workplace relationship, and when and where the pair got married!
When Trai Byers and Grace Byers (née Gealey) were cast in the drama show Empire back in 2015, they didn't know they would become each other's soulmate. In fact, Grace, who is originally from the Cayman Islands, was in a serious relationship with someone else when she first met Trai...
Trai and Grace Byers' unexpected connection
Grace stated on The Real talk show that she and her previous boyfriend "we're going to get married" but that the "spiritual connection wasn't really there."
Upon meeting Trai, "the idea of dating him wasn't feasible to me", she further added, but the spiritual connection was immediately struck between the two.
Weeks later, she realized it was time to break up with her then-boyfriend. That same week, "God woke [Trai] up and told him I was his wife", she continued to tell the show. The pair didn't know this information until months after they started dating, but their relationship certainly seemed destined!
Trai and Grace's engagement and wedding
Their engagement was a huge surprise to fans of Empire and the Byers', as it was first announced on the daytime talk show FABLife with hosts Tyra Banks and Chrissy Teigen. Grace additionally expressed her views on a workplace relationship:
"I think that if two people are mature and they’re able to understand that if this doesn't work out – cause first, I’m not a fan of flings when you work, cause that’s where it gets a little dangerous. [...] I think that if you do get involved at your workplace you have to know that this is something that you want to be invested in, and this is just not just something that is frivolous and fleeting."
The pair were officially engaged in 2015 and exchanged nuptials on April 14, 2016, in Grace's home country - Grand Cayman Island. The ceremony was intimate with close family and friends on the beach. Sounds (and looks) like a dream!
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I married a maverick. He married a rebel. If we tried to make our marriage like anyone else's, we'd be done for. Even on our wedding day, we broke all of the rules and decorated our ceremony together, barefoot. You got a sunburn. I fought the wind. It was perfect. Today, exactly four years later, we're still as revolutionary as ever - and I adore all parts of unorthodox you and you adore all parts of sensitive me. As we celebrate, tonight I'm making you one of your favorites: your mama's border fries. (Yep, I got the Picante sauce and that icy, cold beer.) And, for dessert, I made that lemon cake you love. (You know that thing is GOODT). You took care of the entertainment and bought a bomb Thriller with the coziest blanket. I know you: you're gonna act like you're completely unbothered by my gasping, shrieking and commentary while letting me tuck my ice cold feet under your thighs. You're going to hold me tight and kiss me a couple of times, just to remind me that you're there. You're also gonna wash the dishes after, cuz that's. how. you. do. And, I know, I know. All of this isn't usually what some people might consider a typical anniversary date, but isn't that just like us? To do it our way? Happy 4th Anniversary, you Maverick. There's no one else I'd rather break rules with. Here's to making this thing ours, forever. :@rebeccadavidsonphotography
Grace played the role of "Anika Calhoun" from 2015-2018 on Empire, while Trai played "Andre Lyon" from 2015-2020 on the award-winning series. The couple also appeared together in the 2018 film Bent! Cheers to another year for the beautiful couple!