Lupita Nyong’o, the Oscar-winning actress and star of Black Panther, has announced her split from her boyfriend Selema Masekela, a TV host and sports commentator. She shared a heartfelt message on Instagram, saying that her love was “suddenly and devastatingly extinguished by deception”. She did not name Masekela or give any details about the cause of the breakup. She said she wanted to “publicly dissociate” herself from him and “face the pain” of her heartbreak. She also hoped that her experience might be useful to others who are going through a similar situation. Nyong’o and Masekela confirmed their relationship in December 2022, after years of speculation. They had posted several photos and videos of themselves on social media, expressing their affection for each other. Nyong’o’s fans and friends have shown their support and sympathy for her in the comments section of her post. Masekela has not commented on the matter and has turned off his Instagram comments.
- Nyong’o is currently working on the sequel of Black Panther, titled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which is expected to be released in July 2023.
- Nyong’o recently tested positive for COVID-19 and had to cancel her virtual interviews for her new movie The 355, a spy thriller co-starring Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Diane Kruger, and Fan Bingbing.
- Nyong’o has been vocal about various social issues, such as racism, colorism, literacy, and women’s rights. She is also an ambassador for WildAid, an organization that works to end the illegal wildlife trade.