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    Ryan Dorsey Opened Up About The Effect Naya Rivera's Death Has Had On Their Son

    "I wish I was worried about a relationship right now, not thinking about this and living with this every day."

    Ryan Dorsey has responded to recent rumours about his current relationship with Naya Rivera's sister Nickayla, calling the reports "absurd" in a lengthy Instagram video.

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    Earlier this week, the Daily Mail published photos of Ryan and Nickayla "playfully holding hands" while on a shopping trip, further reporting that the pair had recently moved into a new property together.

    Nickayla was quick to shut down the ensuing rumours about the relationship between her and Ryan, making it clear in an Instagram post that Josey was her main concern.

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    "In the darkest time of my life, the only thing that is important is my friends & family," the 25-year-old wrote. "Showing up for my nephew, even though I can't show up for myself."

    She added: "I'm not concerned with the way things look because no one can see each agonizing moment we all endure. What matters most I've learned, is to show compassion, not to judge others, & never take a moment of life for granted."

    This comes two months after Naya's body was found in a Californian lake after she was reported missing from a rented pontoon boat.

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    Josey was found alone and asleep, later telling authorities that Naya, 33, had pushed him up onto the boat before disappearing under the surface of the water, leading to the assumption that the Glee actor "mustered enough energy to get her son back into the boat, but not enough to save herself."

    The official cause of death was an accidental drowning.

    On Tuesday night, Ryan also had his say, opening up about the effect Naya's death has had on their son while also condemning the "ill-advised, illogical, [and] misinformed" rumours.

    "I can't believe this is real life and that I am about to even address any of this nonsense," Ryan began a 12-minute video. "I haven't really read the news or social media in months, [since] sometime in July."

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    "I usually don't read comments on my own stuff because I just know how there can be 50 good things said and five negative ones and somehow, as humans, we get those five negative ones stuck in our heads," he said. "But it was brought to my attention that there's a lot of people that have a lot to say and have opinions on a family's tragic situation."

    Speaking about Josey, who turned 5 earlier this month, Ryan revealed how difficult it had been to explain the situation to him and how the sadness became "heavier" after Naya's body was found following a search that lasted five days.

    Ryan went on to explain that it was Josey who asked for Nickayla to move in with them because "she's now the closet thing that he has to a mom."

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    "I wouldn't want any of you to ever have to go through that, and to have to let him get what he wants, what he asks for, and what he needs right now, which is his family," he said.

    Calling it a "temporary situation," Ryan continued: "After all he's had to go through, how could you deny him that? And because of what? Because what some strangers might think or say or spew some hatred based on some ill-advised, illogical, misinformed tabloid?"

    Ryan went on to praise Nickayla for "[putting] her life on hold" to help him and Josey come to terms with Naya's death and their grief.

    Specifically addressing the pictures of the pair shopping for Josey's birthday, Ryan slammed the "false narrative" and the people who had been following them around the store.

    Ryan finished: "Shout out to The Sun and the Daily Mail and whatever vlogs and blogs and podcasts who [were] also creating such absurd narratives, trying to create false realities talking about a relationship? Shit man, I wish I was worried about a relationship right now, not thinking about this and living with this every day."

    Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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