Naya Rivera was boating with her 4-year-old son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, when she went missing on the afternoon of July 8. The former Glee star rented a vehicle to head out on the water of Lake Piru in Ventura County to enjoy some outdoor time with Josey.
Josey was later found alone, wearing a life vest, and asleep in their boat, as previously reported by The Inquisitr. Naya was not found and a search will continue Thursday for the actress, who is presumed dead.
Josey’s Dad Is Ryan Dorsey
Josey is the product of the 2014 marriage between the former Glee star and Justified actor Ryan Dorsey, and is the couple’s only child. The couple may have wed just three months after Naya called off her engagement to rapper Big Sean, but Naya and Ryan had a long romantic history prior to their wedding. They dated when she was a cast member of Glee, but they ended their relationship so she could focus on her career, reported People Magazine.
One year after they wed, the couple announced they were expecting, and in September 2015, Josey Hollis Dorsey was welcomed into their family.
As you can see in the above photo, Josey and Ryan enjoy taking in baseball games together. Ryan shared a series of photos from such an outing on January 25, when the two took in the UCLA alumni game.
Naya And Ryan Split Custody Of Their Little Boy
The 4-year-old was showered with love by both Naya and his father Ryan, who shared joint legal and physical custody of their son. The actress filed for divorce twice since Josey’s birth. She submitted the necessary paperwork to begin proceedings in November 2016 and asked for primary custody of Josey, with visitation rights for her ex, reported People Magazine. The couple would reconcile but Naya would file divorce paperwork a second time, in December of 2017, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split.
“After much consideration, we have made the decision to end our marriage. Our priority is and always will be our beautiful son that we share together. We will continue to be great co-parenting partners for him. We ask for respect and privacy for our family during this difficult time,” said the couple in a statement to Us Weekly.
They each shared images of the little boy on their social media pages. For Josey’s birthday in September 2019, Naya shared a photo of herself cuddling her son and using a quote from the children’s book I’ll Love You Forever in her caption.
In a more recent Instagram share in honor of Father’s Day, Ryan posted a cute selfie of himself, Josey, and his two dogs. Josey smiled in the image as he stood next to his father and in front of the family’s pets.
“Josey I love you so much, you are the sunshine & joy of my life, proud to be your daddy,” Ryan wrote in the caption of the post that you can see here.
Josey Wants To Follow In His Mother’s Footsteps
The actress shared in an interview with Us Weekly during an appearance at the Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai Annual Luncheon in 2019 that her son had aspirations of wanting to be on television. She revealed they she and Josey had watched a song from Glee, and he said, “Why I aren’t I on the TV?’ I’m like, ‘You weren’t born yet!’ And he’s like, ‘But I wanna be on TV,’ and I was like, ‘Dun, dun, dun!’ … He’s like, ‘OK, I want to do that too.'”
Naya also shared during the same interview that her son was very talented. She revealed that Josey loves to sing, dance, listen to music, and make her laugh.