Black Panther actress Lupita Nyong’o has confirmed her split from boyfriend Selema Masekela almost a year after they went public with their relationship.
The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever actress started dating the TV host at the end of 2022, but they have since gone their separate ways.
Shortly after pictures emerged of the 40-year-old partying with a group of friends – including Dawson’s Creek icon Joshua Jackson – she shared a lengthy statement on social media announcing their break-up.
“There are much more important things going on in the world right now, and my thoughts are with those who are deeply suffering,’ she began.
“At this moment, it is necessary for me to share a personal truth and publicly dissociate myself from someone I can no longer trust…
“I find myself in a season of heartbreak because of a love suddenly and devastatingly extinguished by deception. I am tempted to run into the shadows and hide, only to return to the light when I have regained my strength enough for me to say, “Whatever, my life is better this way.”
“But I am reminded that the magnitude of the pain I am feeling is equal to the measure of my capacity for love. And so, I am choosing to face the pain, cultivating the courage to meet my life exactly as it is, and trusting that this too shall pass.’
“The promise, they say, is that a tender heart is what gives birth to fearlessness,” she continued. “I hope it’s true…
“I share this to keep it [100%], and hoping that the knowledge of my experience might be useful to someone else out there experiencing the grip of heartbreak who is poised to try and escape from the pain and miss out on the wisdom that comes from it. #Breakup.
Let’s face our pain so we don’t spread it.”
Right on cue, Lupita was flooded with messages of support from fans and famous faces.
Hollywood icon Ava DuVernay commented, “We lift you up with love and sisterhood. Your miracles are all around you. Let us count them in confidence and in faith. Xo.’
Marlon Wayans agreed: ‘Trust God. He wants better for you. All lessons are blessings especially the painful ones. This too shall pass.
Warmest of hugs. Be kind to you as you heal. I always say whenever I have a break up “Lucky me, I get to love ME again. I missed you me”. Go love on you woman.”
A follower said, “Thank you so much for this level of vulnerability Lupita. Wherever you are in the world I am sending an energetic hug, and holding space for you!”
“In the midst of the storm, you’ll feel like there won’t be a light at the end of the tunnel, but believe you me, there is.. this too shall pass,” another added.