Lupita Nyong’o Has No Husband But Meet the Boyfriend She’s Been Dating

Oscar Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is not married but is in a relationship with Selema Masekela, a 52 year-old American television host, sports commentator, actor, and singer born on August 28, 1971.

Selema is the son of legendary South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela. It is not clear when he started dating his beautiful Kenyan-Mexican girlfriend, but they are believed to have been together for a few years now.

Lupita Revealed She Is Also Under Pressure To Start A Family

In an average African community, marriage is a determinant for success. Although she was born in Mexico and has lived and worked in the Western world, the actress grew up in Kenya. Thus, she is no stranger to this mindset.

Being in her late thirties and still unmarried, the actress in an interview in 2015 revealed that just liked every young single African woman, she is also being pressurized to get married and raise a family. “This is my conundrum,” she said during the interview, “When I was back in Kenya this past week, I would be driving along with my mother and she would say, That’s a nice school for children and look at me like?”

Even though said subtly and calmly, the dark beauty still understood where her mom was headed. She also mentioned times when her mom would outrightly say that she yearned for grandkids’ but guess what? the actress says she is not bothered because she has a mental picture of the kind of man she wants. “My mom wants me to have children now,” she said, “But I think that will all be determined when I have that moment. When I have that man”.

The pressure to get hitched is real for the actress, not just from her family but fans as well but she has decided to wait for her prince charming however long it takes.

Who Is Lupita Nyong’o Currently Dating?

In 2019, pictures of Lupita and Trevor Noah on social media-fueled comments. Both were fond of posting pictures of each other and writing sweet captions. This led to fans asking them to get married. Some even suggested they should have a baby together. Lupita, in her captions, called Trevor her BFF (best friend forever). Trevor replied by complimenting her smile. There has been no confirmation on whether they dated, are dating, or not.

The actress is probably single at the moment, she has not been rumored to be dating or seeing anyone at the moment.

Inside Lupita Nyong’o’s Love Life – Her Past And Rumoured Relationships

Lupita is a happy and ever-smiling lady with an active IG account that has millions of followers. A lot of times she has been thought to be in a relationship with different people but being particular about her private life, she would shun some rumors. At other times, she would publicly deny them. Here is a list of all her past and speculated relationships.

Chiwetel Ejiofor

At one time in 2012, it was said that Lupita and Chiwetel Ejiofor were an item. This was after they made the movie 12 Years a Slave for which she won an Oscar and was brought into the limelight. Fans had seen her closeness with the Nigerian actor and just assumed out of curiosity. Funny enough, none of the celebrities uttered a word about it at the time and still hasn’t.

Michael Fassbender

In 2013, another rumor of Lupita and Michael Fassbender being an item made headlines. Fassbender is one of her co-stars in 12 Years A Slave. The duo had an incredible connection during the filming of the movie and also went around promoting it together, that several reports suggested that the pair may have been an item; one report stated that the pair allegedly had a romance during the Toronto Film Festival last September. This rumor was not confirmed.


The duo reportedly dated for a year and neither party directly disputed the rumors of being an item as they were constantly spotted together canoodling on several occasions. The couple reportedly broke up in 2014. The reason for the breakup is not known but it was reported that Lupita initiated the split. K’naan is a Somali-born Canadian poet and musician. The Waving Flag is a popular song by K’naan.

Jared Leto

She has also been rumored to be an item with Jared Leto. This was immediately after her break up with K’naan in 2014. Jared and Lupita both won Academy Awards for 12 Years a Slave. She won best-supporting actress while he won best supporting actor. During Jared’s award speech, he referred to Lupita as his ‘Future ex-wife’. He also said he was thinking about her.

This was a spark for rumors. The award-winning actress kept mute until 2019 when in an interview on Net-a-potter’s magazine, she outrightly confessed that they were in the friend zone and still are and that nothing romantic was happening between them. She also confirmed that they were very intimate and added that her relationship with him transcends dating and romance.

Mobolaji Dawolu

In 2016, the actress and this Nigerian magazine editor seemed to be very close. They were
introduced by friends at a fashion event. After which, Mobolaji was seen uploading pictures of him and Lupita on social media. As usual, there was no confirmation on this from Lupita to date.

Lupita and Mobolaji Dawolu (Image Source)

Michael Jordan

The actress and Black Panther actor, Michael Jordan was rumored to be together. This was in 2018. However, the rumor was dissolved. Both parties publicly announced that they had
chemistry but were not dating. Michael added that he loves her but as a friend.

Janelle Monáe

In 2019, the Gay Twitter community was ablaze with rumors that Lupita Nyong’o and singer Janelle Monáe are an item.

Lupita Nyong’o and Janelle Monáe (Image Source)

Though the duo has been friendly for years, the rumor began after Monáe stated that she wouldn’t be attending the 2019 Met Gala with her then rumored GF Tessa Thompson but was later spotted getting cozy at the Met Gala with the actress. The pair were actually caught on an Instagram Live video looking flirty as they got close to each other while dancing. Neither of the women has said anything about this since then.

Chacha O
Chacha O
Chacha is a writer with a wealth of experience who has contributed across several channels. Her specialty includes celebrity lifestyle including how top movie stars, musicians, and comedians live their lives.


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