Ryan Dorsey — the ex-husband of late actress Naya Rivera — is revealing the emotional reason why Naya’s younger sister Nickayla has moved in with him following the “Glee” actress’ July 8 drowning.
In an Instagram video posted Tuesday, the actor revealed that Josey, his 5-year-old son with Naya, asked for Nickayla to live with them after his mom’s tragic death.
"Then he asked me if tití can live with us. 'I want tití to live with us, forever.' Because she's now the closest thing that he has to a mom," Ryan explained. "Because 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. You deal with it every hour of every day for 80-plus days now."
In addition to having family ″on both sides who support and who have helped out tremendously,″ Ryan is grateful for Nickayla, who he says has ″put her life on hold″ to be there for her nephew.
″And to have a young woman who is his blood and tití, who is willing to put her life on hold and sacrifice things, uproot her situation for the betterment of your child so when you put your child to bed, you don’t always have to be alone with your thoughts,″ he said.
Ryan also notes that this arrangement is “temporary.”
On Monday, The Daily Mail reported that Ryan and Nickayla have moved into a three-bedroom, $5,000-a-month rental home to care for Josey.
The outlet also posted a blurry picture from September 19 in which it appears Ryan and Nickayla are holding hands inside a Target.
In response to these “absurd narratives” about a “relationship,” Ryan appears to deny that the two held hands and credits the confusion to the “angle” of the photo.
He also explained that he and Nickayla were at the store to buy supplies for Josey’s 5th birthday party when “two girls” — who were “not being covert at all” and “disrespectful” — followed them and took pictures without their permission.
“I hope you got your cell phone bill paid,” Ryan said to the photogs.
Nickayla previously released a statement Tuesday on Instagram Story where she said she is “not concerned with the way things look” as “the only thing that is important is my friends & family.”
“Showing up for my nephew even though I can't show up for myself," she wrote, adding, "What matters most I've learned, is to show compassion, not to judge others and never take a moment for granted. I hope you all can do the same."
Naya and Ryan married in July 2014 and finalized their divorce in June 2018.
A day after Naya’s body was found in Lake Piru, the Ventura County medical examiner released an autopsy confirming her cause of death to be an accidental drowning. The report also said there was no evidence of injury or intoxication.
Naya was laid to rest July 24 at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, Hollywood.