Family for all. Thought Nia Long and fiancé Ime Udoka’s own relationship hit a rough patch in September 2022, the Best ManStar will always be committed to her boys.
“The outpouring of love and support from family, friends and the community during this difficult time means so much to me,” the Bel-Air: The Fresh Prince alum told Us WeeklyIn late September, the Boston Celtics head coaching staff was suspended for the 2022-2023 season after it was reported that he had an affair with a colleague from the NBA.
“I ask that my privacy be respected as I process the recent events. Above all, I am a mother and will continue to focus on my children,” Long, who shares son Massai, born in 2001, with ex Massai Z. DorseyKez, a son of Udoka and a daughter, was born in 2011.
Following his suspension, the former assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets — who has been in a relationship with Long since 2010 — issued a statement apologizing to “our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family” for “putting [them] in this difficult situation.”
In their own statement, the Celtics declared that Udoka’s suspension was due to “violations of team policies” — which allegedly occurred when having a purported “intimate and consensual relationship with a female member” of the team’s staff, according to a report published by The Athletic.
The sports professional and Big Momma’s House actress got engaged in 2015, though Long has been candid about her thoughts on eventually walking down the aisle — or not, revealing on Essence’s “Yes, Girl!” podcast in 2020, “I don’t know that I need [marriage] to feel like I’m in a partnership that’s working.”
As for her relationship with her children, the mom of two can’t get enough of her kids. “I love my boys. They are the light of my life,” the actress told Rachael Ray2017 “They are amazing.”
Long got emotional while adding, “They make me a better woman. All I do is for my children. … I just want them to have a great life and I want them to respect women and to love women,” joking, “I’m gonna cry now.”
The Fatal Affair star frequently shares sweet photos with her kids on social media, whether they’re celebrating a big life moment together or simply hanging out and selfie-ing.
Keep scrolling to see Long’s family album with Udoka and her sons: