Naya Rivera’s sister Nickayla still lives with Naya’s ex Ryan Dorsey to help care for her nephew Josey

The late star Naya Rivera would have turned 35 on Wednesday.

Her 28-year-old sister, Nickayla Rivera, was spotted ahead of the bittersweet day with Naya’s ex-husband Ryan Dorsey and six-year-old son Josey.

Nickayla, who moved in with Dorsey shortly after Naya’s tragic drowning, spoke of the “dark place” she was in after the sudden deaths of her sisters a year and a half ago.

Support each other: Naya Rivera’s sister Nickayla was spotted with Naya’s ex Ryan Dorsey and son Josey near their shared home in Los Angeles a year and a half after her tragic drowning

Stay strong: The sighting came just days before what would have been Naya's 35th birthday

Stay strong: The sighting came just days before what would have been Naya’s 35th birthday

Ryan Dorsey, 38, was seen on Monday enjoying a sweet moment of father-son bonding with his son Josey.

The adoring dad watched Josey up close learning to write his bike without training wheels near their home in Los Angeles.

The actor, dressed in a crew-neck shirt, sunglasses and baseball cap, guided his son with words of encouragement as he walked down the block.

Dorsey shared Josey with his late ex-wife, Naya Rivera, who tragically drowned while boating with their then four-year-old son in 2020.

Milestones: Ryan Dorsey, 38, was seen on Monday enjoying a sweet father-son bonding moment with his son Josey who he taught to ride a bike without training wheels

Milestones: Ryan Dorsey, 38, was seen on Monday enjoying a sweet father-son bonding moment with his son Josey who he taught to ride a bike without training wheels

Sad: Dorsey shared Josey with his late ex-wife, Naya Rivera, who tragically drowned while boating with their then four-year-old son in 2020

Sad: Dorsey shared Josey with his late ex-wife, Naya Rivera, who tragically drowned while boating with their then four-year-old son in 2020

Naya’s model sister, Nickayla, was seen nearby as Josey took a bike ride, wearing black sweatpants and a matching shirt.

She and Dorsey moved in together a few months after Naya’s death and are still cohabiting a year and a half later.

The decision to live together raised some eyebrows at the time, but Dorsey criticized reports that there was something romantic going on between the two.

In an emotional Instagram shared in late September 2020, Ryan broke down and hit back at people who were “making assumptions.”

Tweety: Naya's model sister Nickayla was seen nearby while Josey was on a bike ride, wearing low black sweatpants and a matching shirt

Tweety: Naya’s model sister Nickayla was seen nearby while Josey was on a bike ride, wearing low black sweatpants and a matching shirt

Everything for Josey: she and Dorsey moved in together a few months after Naya's death and are still living together a year and a half later

Everything for Josey: she and Dorsey moved in together a few months after Naya's death and are still living together a year and a half later

Everything for Josey: she and Dorsey moved in together a few months after Naya’s death and are still living together a year and a half later

“It’s really sad that this is the world we live in where people have been raised to think it is okay to spit hate, in general, especially when making statements about a family. facing a tragedy which I hope is so unimaginable that you or anyone close to you has to go through it, ”he said at the time.

He went on to explain: ‘[Josey] wonder if Titi can live with us. “I want Titi to live with us forever”, because she is now the closest he has to a mother. ‘

‘This is a temporary situation. After everything he’s had to go through, how can you deny him this? Because of what? What might some outsiders think or say, or spit hate on the basis of a misguided, illogical and ill-informed tabloid? ”

Nickayla Rivera spoke about the family tragedy this week on her YouTube channel and revealed how she struggles to move forward in a dark place.

Answer: After receiving criticism for moving in together months after Naya's drowning in 2020, Dorsey slammed enemies revealing the hat Josey asked her aunt to live with because she's the closest thing she's got. he has a mother

Answer: After receiving criticism for moving in together months after Naya’s drowning in 2020, Dorsey slammed enemies revealing the hat Josey asked her aunt to live with because she’s the closest thing she’s got. he has a mother

“In July 2020, my sister Naya passed away. And when that happened, I was in shock, ”she said on camera.

“My whole family was in shock. It was as if someone had pulled the rug out from under us and we didn’t see it coming.

“The dark place I was in before only progressed when it happened. At that time, I had no idea of ​​my future. I really wasn’t thinking about myself. I was just feeling pain.

Naya drowned to death at Piru Lake, which is located outside of Los Angeles, when she was only 33 years old.

“In July 2020, my sister Naya passed away.  And when that happened I was in shock

“In July 2020, my sister Naya passed away. And when that happened, I was in shock, “Nickayla said this week in a YouTube video.” My whole family was in shock. It was like someone had pulled the rug out from under us. the foot and we didn’t see it coming.

“The dark place I was in before only progressed when it happened.  At that time, I had no idea of ​​my future.  I really wasn't thinking about myself.  I was just feeling pain.

“The dark place I was in before only progressed when it happened. At that time, I had no idea of ​​my future. I really wasn’t thinking about myself. I was just feeling pain.

“I realized that the pain I was feeling was going nowhere until I decided to find good in this world. So from there I took this journey to find out who I was, ”Nickayla said in her video.

Adding: “I started to ask myself the hard questions of, what is it that keeps me from being myself? What hurt from the past am I still clinging to? And why don’t I live like every day is a gift? Because it is.’

Rivera went missing on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 while on a boat trip with her four-year-old son, Josey. That evening he was found asleep in his life jacket on their pontoon but there was no sign of the Glee actress.

According to authorities, Naya’s last moments were spent saving her son.

Police said it appeared Rivera “gathered enough energy to get her son back to the boat, but not enough to save himself,” after confirming the star’s body had been found.

Tragic: In July 2020, Naya drowned while boating with her son at Lake Piru, located outside Los Angeles, when she was only 33 years old.

Tragic: In July 2020, Naya drowned while boating with her son at Lake Piru, located outside Los Angeles, when she was only 33 years old.

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