Naya Rivera's Ex-Husband Pens Emotional Tribute to Her

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Naya Rivera’s ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey, spoke out for the first time since the Glee star was found dead earlier this month.

On Saturday, the 37-year-old actor wrote how “unfair” Rivera’s death feels to him in a heartbreaking post on Instagram, and that “there's not enough words to express the hole left in everyone's hearts.” 

“I can't believe this is life now. I don't know if I'll ever believe it. You were just here... We were just in the back swimming with Josey the day before. Life just isn't fair,” he wrote in his caption, before adding that he’s “thankful for our times and our journey that brought us together and gave us the sweetest and kindest smart little boy we could ever hope for.”

Dorsey and Rivera were married for four years and share a 4-year-old son, Josey Hollis. Rivera had been swimming at Lake Piru in California when she went missing. After Josey was found sleeping in his life vest in a boat that he and his mother had rented earlier in the day, he told investigators that his mother had helped him into the boat and then “disappeared” into the water. Her body was recovered days later after a widespread search by authorities, family, and friends.

In addition to highlighting how thankful he was to have spent the time he did with Rivera, Dorsey recalled how annoyed Rivera would get at him for documenting things on Snapchat.

“I'm glad I didn't listen to you because I have hundreds and probably thousands of snaps and videos that Josey will have forever and know his momma loved him more than life, and how much fun we had together as he was growing up,” he wrote.

Dorsey expressed how much he loved Rivera and concluded his note with a message to those who reached out to him or have shown support: “Be kind to yourself, be kind to others, forgive... forget... don't hold grudges... if you have nothing nice to say maybe try not to say anything. There's peace in silence. Time on Earth is precious and you just never never know what could happen. Hold your loved ones close, and cherish the times you have with those you care about.”

Tags: Death, Grief, Divorce, Pop Culture

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Rose Low

Rose Low is a writer based in New York, with a background in social media strategy and reporting. She has a Masters from NYU and a love for romantic comedies. See Full Bio

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