Naya Rivera is an American actress and singer. She grew up on the screens as she started her career way back when she was a toddler. Today, she is a gem on the many Television series and the few movies she featured in. She rose to fame after her role in the Fox comedy-drama series; The Glee (2009). Naya has been quite successful in her career, however, her love life has been in a lot of shambles. She has been involved in so many breakups, a divorce, and a broken engagement. The article below contains everything there is to know about her.
Naya Rivera’s Bio (Age and Ethnicity)
Naya Rivera was born on 12 January 1987 and was named Naya Marie Riveria in her birth city of Santa Clarita, California. She was raised in or around Los Angeles but is of Puerto Rican, African American, and German descent. Naya followed the footsteps of her mother, Yolanda who was a former model. Her father is George Rivera and she has two siblings; her brother Mychal Rivera is athletically inclined, he plays as a tight end for one of the teams in the National Football League (NFL) while her younger sister, Nickayla Rivera works as a runway model.
At 8 or 9 months, Naya started to portray the features of a model prompting her mother’s agent to train Naya while her mother was away in Los Angeles pursuing her modeling career. As a toddler, she was the brand face for Kmart commercials and at the age of four, she played a role in The Royal Family sitcom in 1991. However, the show was canceled after Red Foxx suffered a sudden heart attack on set. For that series, Naya was nominated for the Young Artist Award.
Subsequently, she played minor roles in the following drama series; Live Shot (1995), Smart Guy (1995), the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1996), Family Matters (1997), The Jersey (1999), Even Stevens (2000) and House Blend (2002). Later in 2002, she featured in B2k’s music video Why I Love You and was also hired on The Bernie Mac Show that same year. She later played a role in episodes of 8 Simple Rules and CSI: Miami (2012). While she was playing all these roles, she added a few pennies to her income working as a telemarketer, a nanny and a greeter at an Abercrombie & Fitch store.
Beyond the TV series, she also featured in some films. She made her first movie appearance in 2002 in the film, The Master of Disguise. Additionally, she played a role in Frankenhood (2009), The Naughty List (2013), At the Devil’s Door (2014), Baywatch (2017) and a few others. Naya became globally known after she got an offer from Fox TV to act in the drama series, The Glee. For her performances in the drama, she has won a lot of awards.
Naya Rivera grew up in the entertainment industry. Working as an actress, singer and media personality has paid her bills. She has made a huge fortune for most of her roles especially in the drama series, Glee. Her net worth falls at $5 million.
Family- Husband and Son
Naya Rivera was once married to Ryan Dorsey, however, the two got divorced after having a son- Josey Hollis Dorsey together. They tied the knots on July 19, 2014, in an elaborate wedding ceremony at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Initially, the two dated for four years, called it off, got back together and finally got married. Their current divorce makes it the second time they separated.
Before her marriage with Ryan Dorsey, she dated Big Sean. Their relationship was the envy of many, they got engaged too, but never made it to the altar. She also dated Mark Salling in 2010. Currently, it is being rumored that she is in a relationship with Davis Spade, sources say they have only begun their relationship, a fresh start for the actress.
Naya Rivera’s Divorce
When Naya Rivera’s union with Ryan Dorsey began to face crises, they pretended that everything was perfect in public but within the realms of their private affairs, they couldn’t tolerate each other. Pretty soon, the actress couldn’t hide how she felt anymore and decided to file for a divorce in November 2016 exactly two years after they got married. However, the two later resolved their issues and called off their separation.
Later on, sometime in November 2017, the two became infamous again what with Dorsey’s claims of domestic battery charges on his then-wife, Naya Rivera. The two were said to have had a heated argument over their child which resulted in Naya battering her husband.
There was a lot of evidence that proved Ryan’s claims and led to Naya’s arrest. She was later released after her father-in-law bailed her with a fine of $1,000. The next month, Naya subsequently filed for divorce and this time she meant it. The two finally reached a conclusion on how to cater for their son and got their divorce finalized on June 14, 2018, that was after Dorsey had lifted the charges on domestic battery off Naya sometime in January 2018.
Body Stats (Height)
Naya Rivera is known for her full rounded lips, she gives a perfect pout in most of her pictures. She stands at 5 feet 5 inches and weighs 53kg. The actress wears black hair and has a set of cute brown eyes. She measures 35-25-34 inches for her bust, waist and hip sizes respectively.