Ime Udoka, 45, just isn’t solely the previous coach for the Boston Celtics but additionally the longtime associate of actress Nia Lengthy, 51. The pair have been collectively since 2010 and also have a little one collectively. On Sept. 23, 2022, the actress broke her silence about Ime’s alleged affair which reportedly led to his suspension from his workforce. “The outpouring of affection and help from household, pals 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 concentrate on my youngsters.” Beneath is every thing you might want to learn 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 by a mutual buddy who found the 2 have been within the metropolis of Boston on the similar time, in keeping with US Weekly. And apparently, they hit it off instantly, as a result of by 2011 Nia had found she was pregnant along with her and Ime’s first little one collectively. That June, Nia instructed reporters on the BET Awards about her thrilling information. “I used to be imagined 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 have been like, ‘Miss Lengthy, we will’t offer you a shot.’” Once they instructed her she was anticipating, she mentioned, “I nearly fainted. It was the most effective second and the sweetest shock ever.”
Ime and his main girl have been engaged 4 years later in 2015, even though she has publicly mentioned 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 mentioned. “And then you definitely begin a wedding, which I’ve by no means been married. And there’s a motive for that as a result of I don’t know that I have to 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 associate. “It’s a must to have an open coronary heart to be susceptible to simply accept it when it does come. I feel the extra success you may have as a lady, you kinda go, ‘Nicely, I don’t actually need a person, trigger look—I’ve every thing I would like,’ however the fact is you do want a associate as a result of sooner or later in your life you’re not going to wish 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 Kids
As talked about above, Nia and Ime have one little one collectively, Kez Sunday Udoka, 10. However she additionally has a 21-year outdated 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. Regardless that 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. “Actually, it’s group and planning…and maintaining a clear home! Endurance is tremendous essential as a single mom. You do need to be a bit of extra affected person as a result of the entire accountability is on you…ask for assist!”, she said at the time.
Nia typically 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 wonder captioned the Instagram post, “There he’s…my yummy child boy!” Nia and her eldest son, Massai II are sometimes seen promoting products 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 top 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 to this point 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 bought concerned with Ime and the remainder is historical past.