Naya Rivera's Ex Ryan Dorsey 'Devastated & Can't Imagine' Raising Their Son Without Glee Star
16 July 2020, 10:25
Naya Rivera's ex and father to their child Ryan Dorsey is devastated at the Glee actress's death and has 'barely slept' since her tragic accident.
Naya Rivera's ex and father to her four-year-old son, Ryan Dorsey, is said to be devastated at the shocking loss of the actress who drowned after she took their son, Josey, on a boating trip on Lake Piru in California.
According to People, Ryan, who is also an actor, has 'barely slept' since she went missing on 8th July, with her body eventually being found a week later, leaving their young son without a mother.
A source told the publication: "It’s just a nightmare."
"Although he wasn’t with Naya, it’s Josey’s mom. Josey needs his mom."
Naya and Ryan were married from 2014 to 2018 and co-parenting Josey, with Ryan joining search efforts along with her family and friends, including Glee's Heather Morris.
The source said: "Ryan can’t imagine raising Josey without Naya. It’s the most devastating situation."
It was announced by authorities they believe Naya drowned after she and Josey had been in the water and the actress had boosted her son back into the boat but was unable to get herself back up, with the 33-year-old actress being hailed a heroic mother in her final act.
The source told the publication Ryan has spent every day with Naya's family, saying: "They are all supporting each other while also taking care of Josey."
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We started out as the closest friends and then like all new things, we went through a bit of a rocky phase. However, we stuck by each other’s side and created the most beautiful friendship built out of love and understanding. The last I had the chance to see you in person, I had left oranges outside our home for you to take. I wanted to say hi through the window but my phone didn’t ring when you called (which it never does, f*cking T-Mobile), so instead you and Josey left two succulents on our doorstep as a thank you. I planted those succulents and I look at them everyday and think of you. I still listen to your EP on repeat because from the moment I heard it, it struck me and I always wished the world knew more of your voice. You sent me over 5 dozen SnapChat videos when you and Josey woke up in the morning and I kick myself that I didn’t save one of them. You always shared recipes and I admired your love for food. We vowed to spend every Easter together, even though Covid stole this last one from us. You are and always will be the strongest and most resilient human being I know, and I vowed to carry that with me as I continue to live my life. You constantly taught me lessons about grief, about beauty and poise, about being strong, resilient and about not giving a fuck (but still somehow respectful ). Yet, the utmost important lesson I learned most of all from you was being a consistent and loving friend. You were the first to check in, the first to ask questions, the first to listen..you cherished our friendship and I never took that for granted. We never took photos together because we mutually hated taking pictures...our relationship meant more than proof. I have countless pictures of our babies playing, because we shared that kind of pride and joy. So I’m showing the world a photo of our little goof balls for you, because I know that meant more than anything and they remind me of you and I. I speak to you everyday because I know you’re still with me and even though I’m feeling greedy that we don’t get more time together, I cherish every moment we had and hold it close to my heart.
Naya's close friend and co-star Heather Morris has lead tributes to the actress and posted a heartfelt message to her Instagram page thanking her for teaching her how to be a 'consistent and loving friend.'
Heather wrote: "I speak to you everyday because I know you’re still with me and even though I’m feeling greedy that we don’t get more time together, I cherish every moment we had and hold it close to my heart."