Naya Rivera’s ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey, 37, and her sister, Nickayla, 25, are working together to help raise the late actress’ son.
The two were reported to have been leaning on one another and on their family since the Glee star passed away at the age of 33 after she tragically drowned in Lake Piru in July. According to The Daily Mail and as covered by Page Six, Ryan and Nickayla moved into a three-bedroom home together. And recently, they were seen holding hands while shopping for household items at a nearby Target. A source told the outlet, “They were fooling around and chatting the whole time. They’re obviously helping lift each other’s spirits.”
Both Ryan and Nickayla issued emotional statements that fully expressed the emptiness they felt after Naya’s death. “Sister, There are no words to describe my love for you. Side by side or miles apart, our connection is infinite. Our bond is unbreakable,” Nickayla wrote in a touching tribute to her sister, posted on Instagram on July 25.
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Sister, There are no words to describe my love for you. Side by side or miles apart, our connection is infinite. Our bond is unbreakable. We were complete opposites, yet simultaneously the same. The yin to my yang. I never knew that by losing you, I would find so much of you in myself. I’ve never known a life without you in it & still can’t imagine it. My world is turned upside down. But through it all, everything we were, we are still. I’ll always look at you with the same eyes as I did when I was young. My shmaya, I’ll love you for eternity & miss you every second of my life. 🤍
Meanwhile, Ryan thanked everyone who had sent him messages and condolences over the course of the two weeks since Naya’s passing. Finally, he reminded those who read the post to “be kind to yourself, be kind to others, forgive…forget…don’t hold grudges….if you have nothing nice to say maybe try not to say anything. There’s peace in silence. Time on Earth is precious and you just never know….you never know what could happen. Hold your loved ones close, and cherish the times you have with those you care about.”
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This is so unfair…there's not enough words to express the hole left in everyone's hearts. I can't believe this is life now. I don't know if I'll ever believe it. You were just here… We were just in the back swimming with Josey the day before. Life just isn't fair. I don't know what to say…I'm thankful for our times and our journey that brought us together and gave us the sweetest and kindest smart little boy we could ever hope for. I remember sometimes you used to get annoyed at me: "Ryan can you stop snap chatting!" Haha. I'm glad I didn't listen to you because I have hundreds and probably thousands of snaps and videos that Josey will have forever and know his momma loved him more than life, and how much fun we had together as he was growing up. Life is all about good times and bad times but with Josey it makes the bad a little less so because a part of you will always be with us. He'll never forget where he came from. We miss you. We will always love you. Love you Meep. 🖤💔🖤 ♥️ To everyone that reached out and I haven't had a chance to or just didn't get back to you…thank you all for the overwhelming love and support you've sent our way. I'll just say in closing, be kind to yourself, be kind to others, forgive…forget…don't hold grudges….if you have nothing nice to say maybe try not to say anything. There's peace in silence. Time on Earth is precious and you just never know….you never know what could happen. Hold your loved ones close, and cherish the times you have with those you care about. ♥️
Clearly, the loss of Nickayla’s sister and Ryan’s former wife is still very fresh for both of them. It’s great these two can rely on each other and lean on their families to do what’s best for Josey.