Naya Rivera's ex-husband Ryan Dorsey has shot down rumours he's in a relationship with her younger sister Nickayla while opening up about his grief.
The Glee star's body was found at California’s Lake Piru in July, five days after she went missing during a boat trip with her and Dorsey's five-year-old son Josey with it later being declared her death was the result of an accidental drowning.
Recently reports emerged claiming Nickayla had moved in with Dorsey with the Daily Mail also publishing pictures of the pair holding hands on a shopping trip. Dorsey subsequently quashed the suggestion of a romantic relationship via an Instagram video as he shared he had received online hate, including death threats.
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He confirmed that Nickayla was living with him and his son but that it was something Josey had asked for.
“[Josey] asked me if Titi can live with us. ‘I want Titi to live with us forever,’ because she’s now the closest thing that he has to a mom.
"Because you’re going to need all the help you get as a single parent, trying to build your career, and navigate this disaster with your child. You deal with it every hour of every day for 80-plus days now,” he remarked.
He went on to describe their living arrangement as a "temporary situation" before criticising stories circulating about him and his former sister-in-law.
Dorsey concluded his message by criticising media outlets for "creating such absurd narratives" and "trying to create false realities".
"S*** man, I wish I was worried about a relationship right now, not thinking about this and living with this every day," he said toward the end of the 12 minute video.
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Dorsey and Rivera were married from 2014 to 2018, welcoming their son in 2015.
Niackayla had also addressed the situation in a post to social media on Tuesday, writing: “In the darkest time of my life, the only thing that is important is my friends & family. Showing up for my nephew even though I can’t show up for myself.”
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