Actress Nia Long and Ime Udoka, former head coach of the Boston Celtics, are no more.
Following news of Udoka’s alleged affair, the two have reportedly split. A rep for Long tells People that the couple are “no longer together but remain fully committed to co-parenting their son [Kez].”
“The situation is unfortunate and painful, but Nia is focusing on her children and rebuilding her life,” a source adds.
News of Udoka’s alleged affair broke just weeks before the start of the 2022-23 NBA season. At the time, ESPN reported the former head coach had “an intimate relationship with a female member of the franchise’s staff.” His suspension from the Boston Celtics followed shortly after.
Udoka issued an apology to his “players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family” for “letting them down.” Weeks later, Long opened up about the Celtics’ decision “to make a very private situation public.”
According to the actress, the “most heartbreaking thing about all of this was seeing my son’s face” when he heard the news. ”It was devastating, and it still is,” she told the Hollywood Reporter. “He still has moments where it’s not easy for him.”
Nia noted that “no one from the Celtics organization has even called to see if I’m OK, to see if my children are OK.” However, she did receive love and support from many of her fans, which she says was “very comforting.”
Long and Udoka had been engaged since 2015; Kez is 11 years old.
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