Ryan Dorsey urged his followers to hug their ‘mommas and grandmas’ as he remembered his late ex-wife Naya Rivera in an emotional Mother’s Day post.
Dorsey, 45, posted a lengthy message describing his painful Mother’s Day, where he reflected on memories of his late ex and all the places in Los Angeles that reminded him of her.
Rivera died at the age of 33 on July 8, 2020 in an accidental drowning while she was out on a pontoon boat ride with her son Josey, now six, in Lake Piru, California.
‘Un-f**king-believable, still that this is reality’: Ryan Dorsey urged his followers to hug their ‘mommas and grandmas’ as he paid tribute to his late ex-wife Naya Rivera on Mother’s Day
Dorsey’s post included a slew of shots of Rivera doting on their son Josey, from story time to his birthday.
The post also included a shot of Naya’s grave at Forest Lawn Memorial, where a bouquet of fresh flowers had been placed.
‘I woke up thinking about so much. Josey with his grandma & me by myself,’ Dorsey captioned the post. ‘I don’t text Happy Mothers Day b/c that seems like an insane thing to do considering. My mind full of so many thoughts. So many things. So many things to do this Sunday but first thing on the list was to get on with it & head to my least favorite place in the world.
‘I tried to go back to sleep for a little longer as if I could just dream through reality and postpone real life a bit longer. But I just lay there staring up through the air in front of my eyes.
Tragedy: Rivera, pictured with Dorsey in 2014, passed away at age 33 in an accidental drowning in July 2020
Mommy and me: Dorsey’s post included a slew of shots of Naya playing with their son Josey
‘Flashes of memories of me as a little boy at his age w/ my mom turned into some gratitude for the years I’ve had & still have, turns into the times my son & I had with his and how they were stopped… I know how this day is going to go. Plenty of time for water works, but not now. I fight it & up I get.
‘On the way there’s places I pass that bring back times. This is where we took him when he was little that one time…Damn, we had dinner there. That’s the street I used to live on when we first met…she used to live there on Magnolia.
‘Flowers sold out where I used to always get them. I’ll just get some on the way… I miss my exit as I feel like I didn’t blink for 10 minutes as my mind was wandering with so many flashes. The harder I think about things, it’s harder to believe. Un-f**king-believable, still that this is reality. That this is our real life and I have to blink hard & shake my head as if to snap out of it & grasp the facts of it all once and for all.
‘The thing about LA for me is its like every mile or so I drive is a memory of an experience that stings bc it’s gone.
Aww: The youngster blew out the candles to his birthday cake with the help of his mother
Family ties: Dorsey was married to Rivera from 2014 to 2018. They welcomed a son Josey, their only child together, in 2015
‘Turning onto Forest Lawn Drive will alway bring the memory of two summers ago. But the memories prior to that I have to be grateful for & our son.
‘So I have my time & my talk & shed my tears. Talk about the dumb s**t that set us apart.
‘Thinking about regrets & how life could be, but how it is. Then I have to go on with my day and…that’s all we can do is go on, go on while we can.
Story time: Naya read her son a Dr. Seuss book
Heartbreaking: The post included an image of Naya’s grave, where a bouquet of fresh flowers had been placed
‘Josey with his grandma & me by myself’: Dorsey started off the post with a shot of his son bonding with his grandmother
Touching: Dorsey showed off a bouquet of flowers in his post
‘Hug your mommas and grandmas, and love ‘em while you can. Forgive & forget, if you can. You don’t wanna maybe wish what if you did one day.’
Dorsey was married to Rivera from 2014 to 2018. They welcomed a son Josey, their only child together, in 2015.
Dorsey and Rivera’s family recently came to a settlement in their wrongful death lawsuit with Ventura County, California in connection with Rivera’s death.
Dorsey initially filed the suit against the county in November of 2020 for their son Josey, about four months after Rivera’s passing.
‘Josey will receive just compensation for having to endure the drowning of his beloved mother at Lake Piru,’ the family’s lawyer Amjad M. Khan of Brown Neri Smith & Khan said in a statement, The Blast reported in March. ‘Though the tragic loss of Josey’s mother can never truly be overcome, we are very pleased that the monetary settlement will significantly assist Josey with his life beyond this tragedy.’
Happier times: The exes pictured in 2015 together
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