A unique love story. Nia Long has been vocal about not wanting to get married to her fiancé despite being engaged I am Udoka.
The couple hit it off in 2010 after a mutual friend learned they were both in the Boston area at the same time. A year later is the Fresh Prince of Bel Air Alum announced she was pregnant at 40.
“I was supposed to go to Ghana to do a film and that’s when I found out I was pregnant,” she told reporters at the BET Awards in June 2021. “I had a doctor’s appointment to get the yellow fever vaccine and she were like, ‘Miss Long, we can’t give you a chance.'”
When the actress found out she was pregnant, she couldn’t contain her excitement. “I almost passed out. It was the best moment and the cutest surprise ever,” she gushed.
Long became a mother for the first time in 2000 when she welcomed son Maasai with ex Maasai Z. Dorsey. Her son with Udoka, Kez Sunday, arrived in November 2011, and Udoka popped the question four years later.
Prior to her engagement, Long had been open about not needing to get married to feel fulfilled in her personal life. “I don’t feel any less loved or less loving because I’m not married,” she said beings in August 2012. “I worked hard to have the career I wanted, but I also thought about my personal life. None of this is a mistake.”
After the retired athlete got down on one knee, Long’s attitude toward marriage didn’t seem to change. “We take our time,” she told TMZ Sports in 2015 when asked if the two had set a wedding date.
While they haven’t walked down the aisle yet, Udoka and the guys in the area star were each other’s biggest supporters. When the Oregon native was named head coach of the Boston Celtics in 2021, Long said she “will never forget” that special moment. “I was worried. He’s always calm, totally calm,” she recalled in an October 2021 interview. “[He] just smiled and shook his head in the yes position. And I ran down the hall and jumped on him. And I think I almost probably broke his back.”
The NAACP Image Award winner continued to cheer for her husband throughout the NBA season, but things changed for the couple in September 2022 when Udoka was reportedly accused of “inappropriate” behavior. The former New Jersey Nets player reportedly had a “close and consensual relationship with a female member,” according to The Athletic, and may have been suspended from the league for a year. Neither Udoka nor Long immediately commented on the allegations.
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