Ime Udoka, 45, isn’t solely the previous coach for the Boston Celtics but additionally the longtime companion of actress Nia Lengthy, 51. The pair have been collectively since 2010 and even have a baby 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 assist from household, mates and the neighborhood throughout this troublesome time means a lot to me,” Nia stated to PEOPLE. “I ask that my privateness be revered as I course of the latest occasions. Above all, I’m a mom and can proceed to deal with my youngsters.” Beneath is all the things you should find out about Nia and the previous basketball participant’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 via a mutual pal who found the 2 have 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 youngster collectively. That June, Nia instructed reporters on the BET Awards about her thrilling information. “I used to be speculated to go to Ghana to do a movie and that’s once I came upon I used to be pregnant,” she stated on the time. “I had a health care provider’s appointment to get the yellow fever shot they usually have been like, ‘Miss Lengthy, we are able to’t offer you a shot.’” After they instructed her she was anticipating, she stated, “I nearly fainted. It was the perfect second and the sweetest shock ever.”
Ime and his main woman have been engaged 4 years later in 2015, although she has publicly stated she doesn’t wish to get married. In Dec. 2021 Nia opened as much as Essence about her beliefs on matrimony. “Love is sophisticated, let’s simply begin there,” she stated. “And you then 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 have to say ‘I do’ to show to you that I like you. But in addition, what does marriage actually [mean]… that you simply 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 companion. “You must have an open coronary heart to be weak to simply accept it when it does come. I believe the extra success you could have as a lady, you kinda go, ‘Properly, I don’t really want a person, trigger look—I’ve all the things I would like,’ however the fact is you do want a companion as a result of in some unspecified time in the future in your life you’re not going to wish to stroll alone,” the Friday star stated. 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 youngster 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. Though she instructed the outlet that her eldest son’s father was “completely concerned” she nonetheless was in command of many of the day-to-day. “Truthfully, it’s group and planning…and protecting a clear home! Endurance is tremendous vital as a single mom. You do must be a bit extra affected person as a result of the entire duty is on you…ask for assist!”, she stated on the time.
Nia typically shares many photographs of her two boys on her Instagram. On Sept. 7, 2022, she shared an cute back-to-school photograph 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 photograph 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 participant Chris Webber, 49, have been in a dedicated relationship collectively. She then moved on so far 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 Pleasure actor Kevin Phillips for 4 months in 2008. Two years later, she received concerned with Ime and the remainder is historical past.