Ryan Dorsey addressed allegations concerning him and Nickayla Rivera, Naya’s sister. He expressed his disappointment over the speculation about him and Nickayla living together under the same house to help him raise his son Josey.
He started his video by explaining, “I usually don’t read comments on my own stuff because I know how there can be 50 good things said and five negative ones. Somehow as humans we get those five negative ones stuck in our heads wondering how people could say certain things.”
The actor also slammed those who made assumptions about Naya’s family saying, “It’s truly sad that this is the world that we live in where people were raised to think it’s OK to spew hatred, in general, especially when they make statements about a family who are dealing with a tragedy that I hope is so unimaginable that you or anyone that is close to you ever has to go through.”
The 37-year-old actor said he’s fining comfort in raising his and Naya’s son. “He’s a sweet, smart, caring, sweetest soul of a young man, who at the age of five is having to grow up so fast and grow up like so many of us didn’t have to”, he said.
In addition, Ryan revealed he lost around 20 pounds since Naya’s death last July 8.He also experienced restless nights from the grief he was feeling. He shared, “I think to myself how lucky I am to still have my mom and still have her help out in my life still. Then I think about how he won’t have that same opportunity in his future. It makes me beyond sad. I ask myself why? What did he do to deserve this? I know he didn’t do anything to deserve this, but the things people have said are sad.”
Further, he talked about all those times they were searching for Naya’s body. According to him, Dorsey asked him if they will find her and that the by just wanted them to find his mother.
“You know he’s so smart and you know he witnessed a nightmare right before his eyes,” he said. “Then when you’re with him every day during this, with his grandpas, and his grandmas, and his aunts and his uncles, and his whole family, and all you have is each other to lean on and to cry with, and you go through this nightmare. It’s sad. The reality hits you and the grieving can start, but the sadness gets heavier because you know you’re going to have to have conversation one on one with a little boy and tell him about our new reality.”
Ryan mentioned that he told Josey that his mom was in heaven already and the child told him he wanted to go there too and asked how. To this, the father replied, “I wouldn’t wish that upon any of your ears to have to hear those words come out of the sweetest soul you know.”
Meanwhile, he confirmed that Nickayla indeed has moved in with him. Ryan explained that Josey asked him if she could live with them because she’s closest he has to a mom. He added, “You’re going to need all the help you can get as a single parent trying to build your career and navigate this disaster with your child.”
Ryan went on to say, “And to have to let him get what he wants, what he asks for, and what he needs right now, which is his family. Even though you know it’s temporary and it’s not forever. It’s a temporary situation. After all that he’s had to go through how could you deny him that? Because of what? What some strangers might think or say, or spew some hatred based on some ill-advised, ill-logical, misinformed tabloid?”
He is very appreciative of the support from his and Naya’s family especially to Nickayla. He shared, “To have a young woman who is his blood, his Titi, who is willing to put her life on hold and sacrifice things, uproot her situation for the betterment of your child,” he shared.
According to the actor, she’s been helping him with his grief. “So when you put your child to bed you don’t always have to be alone with your thoughts and you don’t have to be sad any day or night wondering when does it get better. At least you have someone there with you to talk to or just sit in silence and be sad with. You don’t have to deal with being completely alone,” he explained.
Ryan also cleared the air once and for all by saying that she and Nickayla are not in a relationship. He referred to it as “absurd”. He added, “S–t man, I wish I was worried about a relationship right now. Not thinking about this and living with this every day.”
In closing, he hoped that his video would make people think twice before jumping to conclusions. On the other hand, Nickayla already addressed the issue earlier.