Cory Booker says Rosario Dawson revealed their secret romance because she 'got ambushed'

Cory Booker didn’t expect his “boo,” Rosario Dawson, to go public with their secret romance.

“She was visiting me in D.C. and then she left for the airport and got ambushed,” the New Jersey senator and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful said on Wednesday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show. “I suddenly get this little video from her saying, ‘I got ‘TMZed,’” referring to the website that has paparazzi staked out at airports. “’I don’t have makeup on.’ This and this and that…. But it was wonderful.”

Booker, 49, admitted that as their “relationship grows, it’s difficult” because a lot of attention will be paid to it — as he makes his bid for the White House. But she’s worth it.

“She’s just an incredible human being,” he gushed of the 39-year-old Sin City actress. “She is just a deeply soulful person and has taught me a lot of lessons about love already. Sometimes you show your greatest strength when you make yourself vulnerable.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 05: Actress Rosario Dawson arrives at the premiere Of Paladin and Great Point Media's 'Krystal' at the Arclight Theatre on April 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 03: Rosario Dawson attends MAISON-DE-MODE celebration of sustainable style by honoring Suzy Amis Cameron of Red Carpet Green Dress at Sunset Tower on March 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Rosario Dawson attends Alfre Woodard and Morgan Stanley present the 9th Annual Oscar's Sistahs Soiree on February 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/WireImage,)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 02: Actress Rosario Dawson honored with The Social Justice Filming In Italy Award at Italian Cultural Institute on February 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Rosario Dawson at will.i.am's i.am.angel Foundation TRANS4M 2018 Gala, Honoring Sean Parker, Chairman, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at Milk Studios on February 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for i.am.angel Foundation)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 17: Actress Rosario Dawson attends the 20th Anniversary of V-Day at The Broad Stage on February 17, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Rosario Dawson arrives at the What Goes Around Comes Around One Year Anniversary at What Goes Around Comes Around on October 11, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 20: Actress Rosario Dawson attends the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 20, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Co-founders of What Goes Around Comes Around Seth Weisser (L) and Gerard Maione (R) and Rosario Dawson at What Goes Around Comes Around Beverly Hills Anniversary on October 11, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for What Goes Around Comes Around)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress Rosario Dawson is seen arriving to Anna Sui fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress Laura Gomez attends Studio 189 By Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah during New York Fashion Week: Style360 at Metropolitan Pavilion on September 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: Actress Rosario Dawson attends 'Super Deluxe and Sarah Ramos present a live reading of City Girl' on June 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 25: Rosario Dawson attends 'Like One Of Your French Girls' book signing - release party at The New York Edition Hotel on May 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Actress Rosario Dawson leaves the 'AOL Build' taping at the AOL Studios on May 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Rosario Dawson visits the Build Series to discuss her work with the Lower Eastside Girls Club at Build Studio on May 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 24: Rosario Dawson seen out in Manhattan on May 24, 2017 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Actress Rosario Dawson enters the 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on April 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
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He continued, “She has a nurturing spirit that has made me more courageous, not just in love that I project and want to see in our country, but I think even in our own personal relationships — to love more fearlessly.”

He ended by saying, “I am very, very blessed to be with somebody who makes me a better person.”

DeGeneres offered to officiate their wedding if he becomes president and they wed while he’s in the White House. “So you’re saying if Rosario and I get there, wait?” he replied. “Don’t do the marriage before January 2021?”

Dawson spilled the beans about the romance last Thursday at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va. “I am just grateful to be with someone that I respect and love and admire so much,” she told the paparazzi without breaking her stride. She added that Booker would be an incredible president and showed off a Booker campaign button she had on her purse.

Dawson — who is raising the teen daughter she adopted in 2014, Lola — has appeared in a slew of movies during her career, which began after she was discovered outside her New York City apartment building and cast in 1995’s Kids. She can next be seen in Netflix’s romantic comedy Someone Great, out in April, followed by Zombieland: Double Tap, which will be released in October.

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