These Empire Stars Gave In to the Show’s Oedipal Energy

Grace Gealey and Trai Byers.
Grace Gealey and Trai Byers. Photo: Maury Phillips/Getty Images

Along with some pretty heavy-handed Shakespeare references, Fox’s Empire loves to get weird with its Oedipal overtures. Youngest son Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) regularly calls his older girlfriend “Mama,” and — spoiler alert — gleefully sleeps with his stepmother-to-almost-be to get back at his father.

Trai Byers, who plays the eldest Lyon son, Andre, has taken that vibe into the real world. Us Weekly reports that the actor is dating his co-star and TV stepmother Grace Gealy (a.k.a. Boo Boo Kitty). Into it. They make an unnaturally beautiful couple — besides, she’s not related by blood, only by near marriage.