Ime Udoka, 45, shouldn’t be solely the previous coach for the Boston Celtics but additionally the longtime accomplice of actress Nia Lengthy, 51. The pair have been collectively since 2010 and even have a toddler collectively. On Sept. 23, 2022, the actress broke her silence about Ime’s alleged affair which reportedly led to his suspension from his crew. “The outpouring of affection and help from household, buddies and the neighborhood throughout this tough time means a lot to me,” Nia mentioned to PEOPLE. “I ask that my privateness be revered as I course of the current occasions. Above all, I’m a mom and can proceed to deal with my youngsters.” Under is all the pieces it’s worthwhile to learn about Nia and the previous basketball player’s longtime romance.
Nia Lengthy & Ime Udoka’s Timeline
The Love Jones actress and Ime turned an official merchandise over a decade in the past in 2010. They first met by way of a mutual good friend who found the 2 had been within the metropolis of Boston on the similar time, in accordance with US Weekly. And apparently, they hit it off immediately, as a result of by 2011 Nia had found she was pregnant along with her and Ime’s first baby collectively. That June, Nia advised reporters on the BET Awards about her thrilling news. “I used to be presupposed to go to Ghana to do a movie and that’s after I came upon I used to be pregnant,” she mentioned on the time. “I had a health care provider’s appointment to get the yellow fever shot and so they had been like, ‘Miss Lengthy, we will’t offer you a shot.’” Once they advised her she was anticipating, she mentioned, “I virtually fainted. It was the most effective second and the sweetest shock ever.”
Ime and his main girl had been engaged 4 years later in 2015, although she has publicly mentioned she doesn’t need to get married. In Dec. 2021 Nia opened as much as Essence about her beliefs on matrimony. “Love is difficult, let’s simply begin there,” she mentioned. “And then you definitely begin a wedding, which I’ve by no means been married. And there’s a purpose for that as a result of I don’t know that I must say ‘I do’ to show to you that I really like you. But in addition, what does marriage actually [mean]… that you just personal me now and I personal you? I don’t get that half,” Ime’s fiancée added.
Two years previous to her engagement, she spoke to Rolling Out throughout a press convention about wanting a long-term accomplice. “You must have an open coronary heart to be weak to just accept it when it does come. I believe the extra success you have got as a girl, you kinda go, ‘Nicely, I don’t actually need a person, trigger look—I’ve all the pieces I need,’ however the reality is you do want a accomplice as a result of in some unspecified time in the future in your life you’re not going to need to stroll alone,” the Friday star mentioned. Regardless of being engaged for over seven years, Ime and Nia have but to formally tie the knot.
Her Two Youngsters
As talked about above, Nia and Ime have one baby collectively, Kez Sunday Udoka, 10. However she additionally has a 21-year previous son, Massai Zhivago Dorsey II, whom she welcomed in 2000 along with her then-boyfriend, Massai Z. Dorsey. In 2009, Nia addressed her expertise on being a single mom to Highlight to Nightlight. Although she advised the outlet that her eldest son’s father was “completely concerned” she nonetheless was answerable for many of the day-to-day. “Truthfully, it’s group and planning…and preserving a clear home! Endurance is tremendous necessary as a single mom. You do need to be a bit extra affected person as a result of all the accountability is on you…ask for assist!”, she mentioned on the time.
Nia usually shares many photographs of her two boys on her Instagram. On Sept. 7, 2022, she shared an lovable back-to-school picture of her and Ime’s son, Kez. The sweetness captioned the Instagram submit, “There he’s…my yummy child boy!” Nia and her eldest son, Massai II are sometimes seen selling merchandise for Smile Direct Membership collectively on her social media. On Aug. 4, 2022, she shared a candy picture of them with the caption, “Massai is nearing the tip of his @smiledirectclub journey and he has completely liked the method! As a mother, my son‘s confidence is essential to me.”
Nia Lengthy’s Ex-Boyfriends
Previous to Ima, the actress was linked to a handful of Hollywood heartthrobs. From 1993 to 1995 Nia and former basketball player Chris Webber, 49, had been in a dedicated relationship collectively. She then moved on up to now Massai from 1999 to 2001. The star was additionally linked to singer Ricky Fante, Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger, rapper 50 Cent, rapper T.I., and extra.
She was additionally linked to Delight actor Kevin Phillips for 4 months in 2008. Two years later, she obtained concerned with Ime and the remainder is historical past.
Mary Ellers is Wahu Times’s senior journalist covering federal politics. She has previously wrote for NPR and is a regular contributor to Medium. Mary graduated from Georgetown University’s journalism school with distinction in 2014.