Naya Rivera’s ex-boyfriend, actress Tahj Mowry, discussed his relationship with the deceased star and the sadness he feels for her family almost a year after her death.
The 34-year-old actor and “Glee” star was a subject in 2000 after meeting the set from the 90’s sitcom “Smart Guy” according to Entertainment Tonight. After being together, they lived together for four years before their lives and careers took different paths.
Speaking to Glamor, Mowry noted that Rivera was not only his first celebrity infatuation, she was his “first everything.” However, he was extremely careful not to speak disrespectfully about the deceased actress given the fact that he still has a relationship with her family.
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Mowry continued, “She was definitely my first everything. I think subconsciously, that’s why I never really go like that, because no one really ever … I know one day someone maybe, but it’s hard to measure up to that type. girl and woman she was. “
Rivera died in an accidental drowning at Lake Piru near Los Angeles, California in July 2020. Her body was discovered after an extensive five-day search after her son was found sleeping alone in the boat they rented after she could not return it. .
His comments on Glamor repeat the ones he previously made in a social media post dedicated to Rivera. At the time, Mowry was among the many celebrities who took to social media to pay tribute to the deceased star after she disappeared.
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“We grew up together. We grew up together. We experienced so many firstborns together. You were my first experience with everything; love, intimacy, heartache. We broke each other’s hearts and then repaired them again … more than once,” he wrote at the time. “I will never think of you. No woman has ever measured up what you gave me or how you made me feel. I never wanted to admit it, but I never stopped loving you. Part of me has always wanted a day where God would bring us back together to be what we dreamed we could have been. “
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The post was mentioned in the Glamor article, which made the star remark once again that he feels weird talking about what her death meant to him given what her family is currently going through.
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“It’s a difficult thing to talk about, to think of her mother and her ex-husband and her child and her sister and her brother… the height of what they went through is thousands,” he concluded. “I almost feel like I can not even talk about my feelings because they do not even measure the pain they have been through and are still going through. But yes, a lot of love for the whole family – her brother, her sister, her child and her ex-husband too. “