Taraji P. Henson and Tyrese Gibson stopped by the bedside of director John Singleton last weekend after the beloved director was hospitalized earlier this month due to suffering a major stroke.
Following her visit, Henson shared an older picture of Singleton, her and Gibson, who both worked with Singleton in the hit 2001 film Baby Boy.
“Visited you today. Me and [Tyrese] prayed so hard over you. You heard my voice and jumped up. I HAVE HOPE AND FAITH BECAUSE I KNOW THAT #GODIS. Keep praying EVERYBODY for our beloved [John Singleton],” she wrote in a caption.
In the comments, Gibson also shared his hope that Singleton will overcome his affliction.
“Heavy heart, state of shock, but there was something powerful about feeling the presence of God that gave us the reassurance that God is going to pull him through this,” the actor wrote. “The idea that me and Taraji prayed hard over John; so much history so much genuine love. We can only hope and keep praying that God brings him back to us.”
The three have also collaborated on the 2005 movie Four Brothers. Singleton also worked with Henson when he directed a 2015 episode of Empire, and served as a producer on the Oscar-winning 2005 film, Hustle & Flow in which she starred. He also worked with Gibson on the 2003 hit film, 2 Fast 2 Furious.
The upbeat attitudes of Singleton’s friends stand in contrast to the public family conflict that has accompanied his illness.
Despite issuing a statement that confirmed that Singleton had suffered a stroke, the family has publicly been at odds about the severity of his condition. His mother Sheila Ward reportedly claimed the director is “in a coma and is unable to provide for his personal needs,” on an application to be appointed a temporary conservator for his estate.
Meanwhile, his daughter, Cleopatra disputes that. She has reportedly accused her grandmother of “misrepresenting his condition” in a letter objecting to the appointment.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Singleton family at this difficult time.