Longtime couple Nia Long and Ime Udoka revealed to People on December 6 that they had officially decided to call it quits. A source told People that although “the situation is unfortunate and painful,” the “Big Momma’s House” actor plans to “[focus] on her children and rebuilding her life.” Long reportedly moved back to Los Angeles from their residence in Boston, but still plans to co-parent their 11-year-old son, Kez.
“The outpouring of love and support from family, friends, and the community during this difficult time means so much to me,” Long wrote in a statement to the publication. “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.”
Going through a divorce in the public eye is brutal, but Long explained to The Hollywood Reporter that the Celtics’ handling of the situation with a press conference has made things even worse for their son, Kez. “I think the most heartbreaking thing about all of this was seeing my son’s face when the Boston Celtics organization decided to make a very private situation public,” she recounted. “It was devastating, and it still is. He still has moments where it’s not easy for him.”