Chadwick Boseman’s widow reflects on loving and losing him
Simone Ledward Boseman is opening up about the death of her husband Chadwick Boseman in a new interview with Whoopi Goldberg.
The “Black Panther” star died in 2020 at the age of 43 after a private battle with colon cancer.
“It was been the most challenging two years I have ever had in my life,” Ledward Boseman said of how she’s processing the loss of her late husband.
She described how grateful she was to have been by his side, saying she couldn’t “believe that I was so lucky.”
“I can’t believe that I got to love this person and I also got him to love me too,” she told Goldberg.
“The View” moderator asked Ledward Boseman if there had been fear prior to his death over news that had come out that Boseman may have been ill.
“It was Covid when things really started to spiral and that meant that everybody was in their house,” Ledward Boseman said. “And there was no pressure for anyone to go outside. It seemed like ‘Is this a crazy coincidence that we actually get to be inside, we get to be here with family…together.’”
Things have ebbed and flowed since her husband’s passing.
“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. “The grief really, it moves in.”
Ledward Boseman spoke of keeping her husband’s legacy alive through a scholarship program at his beloved alma mater, Howard University in Washington, DC, which renamed its fine arts program after him.
“Taking this mantel and we are carrying it to as many voices as we can,” she said.
The full interview will air Friday as part of “20/20 Presents Black Panther: In Search of Wakanda.”
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is in theaters November 11.