Naya Rivera's sister says she’s “showing up” for the late actress’ 5-year-old son.
Nickayla Rivera, the younger sister of the late “Glee” star, took to Instagram to explain that she doesn’t care how things may look as reports indicate she’s moved in with her sister’s ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey, for the sole purpose of taking care of her nephew, Josey.
Rivera died two months ago in an accidental drowning incident while spending time with her son at Lake Piru near Los Angeles. She was the subject of a lengthy search effort after going missing while swimming with Josey before her body was finally recovered.
Entertainment Tonight reports that Nickayla has been stepping in since her sister’s death to help take care of Josey and fill in some of the duties that his mom would have otherwise handled. After playing a very active role in Josey’s life since the death of her sister, Nickayla and Dorsey reportedly made the decision to move in together. However, a source tells the outlet that their living arrangement is not in any way romantic. It’s entirely a decision made to benefit the child during a difficult transition period in all their lives.
“In the darkest times of my life, the only thing that is important is my friends and family,” Nickayla wrote on her Instagram Stories, seemingly responding to the reports. “Showing up for my nephew, even though I can’t show up for myself. I’m not concerned with the way things look because no one can see each agonizing moment we all endure.”
She added: “What matters most I’ve learned, is to show compassion, not to judge others, and never take a moment of life for granted. I hope you all can do the same.”
Naya and Dorsey finalized their divorce in 2018 after nearly four years of marriage. She wrote in her 2016 memoir titled, “Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up,” that her son was “my greatest success, and I will never do any better than him."
toofab wrote: Naya Rivera's sister Nickayla has alluded to reports that she moved in with Naya's ex Ryan Dorsey in order to help raise her nephew Josey after her sister's tragic drowning death.
Still clearly grieving her family's tremendous loss, Nickayla posted to her Instagram Stories, "In the darkest time of my life, the only thing that is important is my friends and family. Showing up for my nephew, even though I can’t show up for myself."
That last statement could be seen as confirmation of the reports that she and Ryan have agreed to work together in helping raise Naya's five-year-old son with Ryan, Josey Dorsey.
"I'm not concerned with the way things look because no one can see each agonizing moment we all endure," Nickayla continued, possibly referring to an awareness of the reports that began circulating on Monday.
She may also be aware that there is a contingency of people out there who believe that this is more than just a situation where Nickayla is helping Ryan with Josey, suggesting the two have struck up a romance.
Her next statement could be a direct response to a litany of vile and nasty comments on all of her most recent posts on Instagram from people making this assumption and then judging her horribly over it.
"What matters most I’ve learned, is to show compassion, not to judge others, and never take a moment of life for granted. I hope you all can do the same," she wrote. Clearly, at least to this point, they cannot.
Nickayla's comments come on the heels of The Daily Mail reporting that she and Ryan were living together now in a three-bedroom home, seen shopping together for household goods at a nearby department store.
The 25-year-old model has not posted to her Instagram page since July when she posted back-to-back tributes to her older sister Naya.
Based on the nastiness of the comments showing up even in those posts, we don't imagine she's in any hurry to return there no matter what may or may not be happening in her personal life.
Ryan's Instagram page has been equally quiet since he posted a tribute to Naya on July 25, with his followers attacking him on that post -- and others -- just as viciously. Ryan has not posted anything in response to the reports, or this backlash.
The reality is that no one knows definitively what is going on, and even The Daily Mail's report referred to them coming together as family to be there for Josey. Any other spin appears to be coming from the fans themselves.