Nia Long holds back tears for ‘devastating’ months after split from Ime Udoka

Nia Long fought back tears as she reflected on the “devastating” months following her split from fiancé Ime Udoka.

“I’ve had some pretty devastating times in my life over the past two months,” she told Yahoo! Entertainment on weekends.

“And I just had to say, ‘It’s okay. You’ll get up and ‘- oh my. I’m about to cry. “You’re gonna get up and keep moving,” she added as she fanned his face with his hands to keep from crying.

Nia Long posing in a black dress.
The “Missing” actress held back tears as she shared how her life followed her split from her fiancé.
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The ‘Best Man’ actress’ emotional revelation comes four months after the Boston Celtics announced that Udoka, 45, would be suspended as head coach for allegedly having “an intimate relationship with a female staff member. of the franchise”.

Following his suspension, Udoka issued a public apology to his team, the entire Celtics organization and his family for “letting them down”.

“I’m sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision,” he said in a statement to ESPN. in September. “Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment.”

Long was “blindsided” by Udoka’s cheating.

Nia Long

Long was “blindsided” by Udoka’s cheating.

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Nia Long

Long was “blindsided” by Udoka’s cheating.

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Long was reportedly “blindsided” by the affair and Udoka only told him about the cheating days before he knew the news would become public.

Two months later, Long opened up about the impact the scandal had on her and Udoka’s 11-year-old son, Kez.

“I think the most heartbreaking thing about all of this was seeing my son’s face when the Boston Celtics organization decided to go public with a very private situation,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. last December.

“No one from the Celtics organization has even called to see if I’m okay, to see if my kids are okay,” the ‘Boyz n the Hood’ star continued. “It’s very disappointing.”

Ime Udoka coaches a basketball game.
Udoka was suspended from the Celtics for allegedly having “an intimate relationship with a female franchise staff member”.
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Later that month, Long’s rep confirmed to People that she and the former NBA coach were “no longer together but remained fully committed to co-parenting their son.”

A source also told the outlet that “the situation is unfortunate and painful, but Nia is focused on her children and rebuilding her life.”

Sue Bird, Nia Long and Ime Udoka posing together on a basketball court.

Last December, a rep for Long revealed that the “Friday” actress had split with the former head coach.


Ime Udoka and Nia Long posing together on the red carpet.

Last December, a rep for Long revealed that the “Friday” actress had split with the former head coach.


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Ime Udoka and Nia Long posing together on the red carpet with their children.

Last December, a rep for Long revealed that the “Friday” actress had split with the former head coach.


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Udoka and Long started dating in 2010 after meeting through mutual friends. In 2015, the former couple got engaged.

Long is also a mother to a son Massai II, 22, from a previous relationship.

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