Naya Rivera’s ex-husband Ryan Dorsey is speaking out about the “absurd narratives” surrounding his relationship with her sister Nickayla.
In a 12-minute video on Instagram, Ryan addressed reports that he and Nickayla moved in together, clarifying that they did so in order to better care for his and Naya’s son Josey. He said, “[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.”
“And to have to let him get what he wants, what he asks for, and what he needs right now, which is his family. Even though if you know it’s temporary. It’s not forever, it’s a temporary situation,” Dorsey continued. “After all he’s had to go through, how could you deny him that? And because of what? What some strangers might think or say, or spew some hatred based on some ill-advised, illogical misinformed tabloid. It’s sad. It really is.”
“To have a young woman who is his blood as Titi, who’s willing to put her life on hold and sacrifice things, uproot her situation for the betterment of your child, so when you put your child to bed, you don’t always have to be alone with your thoughts,” Dorsey emphasized. "You don't have to be sad every day and night, wondering when does it get better. At least you have someone there with you to talk to, or just sit in silence and be sad with. You don’t have to deal with it completely alone.″
Ryan opened up about the heartbreaking moments when Josey asks for his mom, who he has to explain is “in heaven.” Dorsey revealed, “And he goes, ‘Well, I want to go there. How do I get there?’”
Dorsey also revealed that he’s “probably lost a little over 20 pounds” since Naya’s death. “I don't get good sleep. I'm sad every day. I go to sleep sad," he continued. "Every night, I'm staring at the ceiling and... I think to myself how lucky I am to still have my mom, to have her help out in my life still, and then I think about how [Josey] won't have that same opportunity in his future. It makes me beyond sad."
Along with slamming those “trying to create false realities talking about relationships,” Dorsey noted, “I wasn’t even going to speak on any of this. I feel like my head is full with so many things that the last thing I need running through my mind is this bulls**t.”
Earlier this week, Nickayla stressed the importance of being there for her nephew. She wrote on Instagram, “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."
Nickayla seemingly addressed the latest headlines and photos, continuing, “Im not concerned with the way things look because no one can see each agonizing moment we all endure."
“What matters most I've learned, is to show compassion, not to judge others, & never take a moment of life for granted. I hope you all do the same,” Nickayla emphasized.