Nia Long and Ime Udoka have formally referred to as it quits after the Boston Celtics suspended the basketball coach for having an improper relationship with a employees member.
On Wednesday, a consultant for the “Best Man” actor confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that Long, 52, and Udoka, 45, have ended their relationship after practically 13 years collectively. A spokesperson for Long additionally advised People journal that she and Udoka “remain fully committed to co-parenting their son [Kez].”
News of the breakup comes months after the Celtics suspended Udoka for the rest of the 2022-23 basketball season for violating group insurance policies. The head coach is rumored to have had an affair with a member of the group.
“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down,” Udoka mentioned on the time.
“I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment.”
In a current interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Long opened up about how the fallout has affected her and her 11-year-old son with Udoka. When the headlines surfaced in September, Long mentioned she took Kez out of faculty and stayed residence with him “because he was not having an easy time.”
“I think the most heartbreaking thing about all of this was seeing my son’s face when the Boston Celtics organization decided to make a very private situation public,” Long advised THR.
“It was devastating and it still is. He still has moments where it’s not easy for him. If you’re in the business of protecting women — I’m sorry, no one from the Celtics organization has even called to see if I’m OK, to see if my children are OK. It’s very disappointing.”
After the NBA group made its announcement, Long obtained an outpouring of assist from her devoted followers, who flooded social media with tweets shaming Udoka and uplifting the beloved “Friday” star.
“I literally felt like my heart had jumped out of my body,” she advised THR. “And then what I found was this tribe of women and men who were standing up for me in a way that felt like I was in this bubble of protection, and that was very comforting.”
Long and Udoka started courting in 2010 and acquired engaged in 2015. Despite their engagement, the couple had no wedding ceremony plans, and Long advised Essence in 2020 that “marriage is not a priority.”
Long additionally shares a 22-year-old son, Massai, with Massai Z. Dorsey.