“Baby Boy” co-stars Tyrese and Taraji P. Henson have always been very vocal about the fact that they’ve remained close friends over the years since doing the film together and Tyrese recently spoke out with a few kind words for his friend in light of her continued success.

Taking to his Instagram following the successful premiere of Taraji’s new show Empire last week, Tyrese commended his “better half” for not taking the slorey road to achievement, but instead doing it “the right way” and even labeled her a great role model for women.