- Ime Udoka is best known as the head coach of the Boston Celtics.
- He last publicly dated actress Nia Long.
- He is not known to have had any other public relations.
- Ime and Nia’s separation was confirmed in December 2022, two months after he was suspended from the Boston Celtics for an alleged affair with a female staff member.
Ime Udoka45, is not only the former coach of the Boston Celtics, but also the actress’ former longtime partner Nia Long51. The couple started dating in 2010 and even had a child together, but on December 6, 2022, Nia’s rep confirmed PEOPLE that the two had separated. “The situation is unfortunate and painful, but Nia is focused on her children and rebuilding her life,” a source also told the outlet while the rep said they were “no longer together but remain fully engaged in the co-parenting of their son”. [Kez].”
The split came two months after Ime was suspended from the Boston Celtics for allegedly having an affair with a female staff member. On September 23, 2022, the actress broke her silence on Ime’s alleged affair which allegedly led to her suspension from her team. “The outpouring of love and support from family, friends and community during this difficult time means so much to me,” Nia told PEOPLE. “I ask that my privacy be respected as I deal with recent events. First and foremost, I am a mother and will continue to focus on my children.
Below is everything you need to know about Nia and the former basketball player’s longtime romance.
Nia Long and Ime Udoka Timeline
The love jones the actress and Ime became an official fixture over a decade ago in 2010. They first met through a mutual friend who discovered the two were in the city of Boston at the same time, according to American weekly. And apparently they hit it off right away, because in 2011 Nia found out she was pregnant with her and Ime’s first child together. In June, Nia told reporters at the BET Awards about her exciting news. “I was supposed to go to Ghana to make a movie and that’s when I found out I was pregnant,” she said at the time. “I had a doctor’s appointment to get a yellow fever shot and they said, ‘Miss Long, we can’t get you shot. It was the best moment and the sweetest surprise ever.
Ime and her leading lady got engaged four years later in 2015, despite her having publicly stated that she did not want to get married. In December 2021, Nia opened up to Essence about her beliefs about marriage. “Love is complicated, let’s start there,” she said. “And then you start a marriage, which I’ve never been married to. And there’s a reason for that because I don’t know if I need to say “yes” to prove to you that I love you. But also, what is marriage [mean]…that you own me now and I own you? I don’t understand that part,” Ime’s fiancee added.
Two years before her engagement, she spoke to Deployment at a press conference about the desire for a long-term partner. “You have to have an open heart to be vulnerable and accept it when it happens. I think the more successful you are as a woman, the more you say to yourself, ‘Well, I don’t really need a man, because listen, I have everything I want”, but the truth is that you need a partner because at some point in your life, you will not want to walk alone”, Friday said the star. Although they have been engaged for over seven years, Ime and Nia have never officially married.
After Ime was suspended for allegedly having a romance with a female Boston Celtics staffer in September 2022, Nia’s rep confirmed the two separated in December 2022.
His two children
As mentioned above, Nia and Ime have a child together, Kez Sunday Udoka10. But she also has a 21-year-old son, Maasai Zhivago Dorsey IIwhom she welcomed in 2000 with her then-boyfriend, Massai Z. Dorsey. In 2009, Nia opened up about her experience as a single mother to Night Light Projector. Although she told the outlet that her eldest son’s father was “totally involved,” she was still in charge for most of the day. “Honestly, it’s organization and planning…and keeping a clean house!” Patience is super important as a single mom. You have to be a little more patient because all the responsibility is on you…ask for help! “, she said at the time.
Nia often shares many photos of her two boys on her Instagram. On September 7, 2022, she shared an adorable back-to-school photo of her and Ime’s son, Kez. The beauty captioned the Instagram post, “Here he is…yummy baby boy!” Nia and her eldest son, Massai II, are often seen promoting products for Smile Direct Club together on her social media. On August 4, 2022, she shared a cute photo of them with the caption, “Massai is nearing the end of his @smiledirectclub journey and he absolutely loved the process! As a mom, my son’s confidence is very important to me.
Nia Long’s ex-boyfriends
Prior to Ima, the actress was linked to a handful of Hollywood idols. From 1993 to 1995 Nia and former basketball player Chris Webber, 49, were in a committed relationship together. She then dated Massai from 1999 to 2001. The star was also linked to the singer Ricky Fantésinger of the Rolling Stones Mick Jaggerrapper 50 centsrapper ITand more.
She was also related to Pride actor Kevin Phillips for four months in 2008. Two years later she got involved with Ime and the rest is history.