Naya Rivera: 5 Things To Know About Glee Star Who Went Missing
Yesterday, Glee actress Naya Rivera was reported missing after she went on a boat ride with her son, Josey Dorsey, 4-years-old, in California’s Lake Piru. Authorities confirmed a “large scale search and rescue operation” for her is underway, and her son is now with her family.
It was said that she rented a pontoon boat around 1:00pm local time to take out on Lake Piru (north of Los Angeles) with her son Josey. And according to reports, hours later, someone found their boat where Josey was there all by himself and luckily unharmed. Josey, “told investigators that he and his mother were swimming, but his mother never got back into the boat.”
As millions of people are praying for Naya Rivera, 33, here are five things to know about the actress who rose to international fame on the beloved Emmy-winning series.
1. Early Life
Naya grew up in the Valencia area of Santa Clarita, California, where she was thrust into the spotlight at the young age of 4. Her debut was on the early 90’s sitcom called The Royal Family which costarred television legends Della Reese and Jackee Harry.
Jackee tweeted a clip from the show of her and Naya acting together after she disappeared while asking for prayers that she will be found. “Please God, don’t cut this life short.”
2. Her Rise To Fame
She had a slew of guest-starring roles in shows like Baywatch, The Smart Guy, The Bernie Mac Show and CSI: Miami. However, things started looking up for her; career wise, when she joined the cast of Glee during its first season in 2009.
Her character of Santana Lopez was more of a background performer towards the beginning of the show before they expanded her role to something much bigger as the series progressed.
3. Life After Glee
She released her debut single in 2013 called “Sorry” featuring then fiance Big Sean, played a recurring role on the Lifetime series Devious Maids and penned a memoir titled Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up in September 2018.
4. Past Relationship
Naya’s first big public relationship was with Big Sean. She and the award-winning rapper began dating in early 2013 before getting engaged later that year in October. Their relationship eventually went downhill and they announced their split back in April 2014.
5. Marriage, A Baby & (Another) Split
She rekindled her romance with actor Ryan Dorsey in 2014 after her split from the “Blessings” rapper. The two wed later that year in July in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, before she welcomed their only child in September 2015.
Their divorce was finalized three years later following a ton of drama that included a tumultuous November 2016 incident where she was arrested and charged for allegedly hitting him in the head and face during an altercation over their child.