Ryan Dorsey Speaks Out After Tragic Death of Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera’s ex husband is speaking for the first time since rumor of him and Rivera’s sister started spreading

Elizabeth Perkin

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: September 30th, 2020 9:35 pm pst

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After the tragic death of Naya Rivera in July, her entire family has been adjusting to their new normal. Her son, Josey has been facing something unimaginable, losing his mother at the age of 5. Ryan Dorsey is now a single father having to handle all the parent responsibilities on his own, while also trying to grieve.

In Dorsey’s 12 minute Instagram video he says that explaining the 5 day search that they were doing for Naya, that she wasn’t coming home in the way Josey and they all had hoped, along with what a funeral is and going to it was so hard for the two of them.

Josey, like most 5-year-olds didn’t know what that all was before the accident happened, but he has grown up over night because of it. 

Dorsey says, “at the age of 5 he has had to grow up so fast and grow up so many of us didn’t have to, without his mother.”

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The entire situation has left Dorsey doing what he believes is best for his son and that includes Naya’s sister, Nickayla moving in with them temporarily as they try to navigate this new chapter. 

“He asks me if Titi can live with us ‘I want Titi to live with us forever’ because she is now the closest thing he has to a mom.” Dorsey goes on to say, “I have to let him get what he wants, what he asks for and what he needs right now which is his family, even though you know it’s temporary it’s not forever, it’s a temporary situation. After all he has had to go through, how could you deny him that?”

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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. ♥️

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Dorsey admits this hasn’t been easy for him either as he has lost a little over 20 pounds, doesn’t sleep and is sad everyday. Having Nickayla live with them has helped him as well, as he doesn’t have to be alone after Josey goes to bed. He shared this advice with others saying, “At least you have someone there to talk to, sit in silence, be sad with. You don’t have to deal with it completely alone.”

His advice continues when he says, “I hope you would be as lucky as me to have family on both sides who support and have helped out tremendously. To have a young woman who is his blood, his Titi, who is willing to put her life on hold and sacrifice things,  uproot her situation for the betterment of your child.”

He addresses the rumors about Nickayla and him saying that they are grieving, living out of suitcases and trying to get settled into a new place. They were followed around Target, trying to get a couple things for his son’s birthday party, by two girls who took photos of them and at a certain angle it looks like they are holding hands, but Dorsey says that is not the case.

He ends his video by saying that he wasn’t going to say anything but didn’t want this to be another thought running through his mind. He asks everyone to be well, be safe and be kind. He hopes this makes a few people think before they insert their opinion into something they know nothing about. 


About The Author:

Elizabeth Perkin is a senior multimedia, broadcast journalist at Emerson College. She is working on completing her bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in business studies. She is one of the AfterBuzz TV’s fall 2020 interns. Perkin loves all things entertainment and is a huge reality TV junkie!

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