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    Updated on Jul 20, 2020. Posted on Jul 18, 2020

    Big Sean Shared A Heartfelt Tribute About His Ex-Fiancé, Naya Rivera, And Said She Made Him "A Better Person"

    "I appreciate and cherish everything that ever happened between us."

    Earlier this week, 33-year-old Naya Rivera was found dead, days after she went missing from a boat on Lake Piru in California.

    Naya Rivera on a red carpet in 2019
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    Many celebrities, including the entire Glee cast, wrote heartfelt tributes in the actor's honor, praising her warm personality and incredible talent.

    And in a new post, Naya's ex-fiancé, Big Sean, has also spoken out.

    Big Sean on a red carpet
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    The two started dating in April 2013 and got engaged six months later. But the following April, it was announced that the pair had split.

    Big Sean and Naya Rivera smiling on a red carpet
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    In her memoir, Sorry Not Sorry, Naya revealed that she discovered Ariana Grande (whom he later dated until 2015) hanging out at the rapper's home shortly before their split. She also claimed that she was blindsided by their breakup, writing, "I learned that I was no longer getting married from the internet, and at the same time as the rest of the world."

    "Rest In Peace Naya, God Bless your Soul!" Big Sean wrote on Instagram.

    "Thank you for blessing us all with your talent and presence. [Y]ou are a hero! Not just because of how you saved your son, also because of the barriers you knocked down for so many people to make them feel confident in themselves and to stand tall and be proud when they couldn’t achieve that on their own."

    The rapper continued, "I appreciate and cherish everything that ever happened between us for making me wiser and a better person."

    Big Sean and Naya Rivera at an event
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    He concluded, "I’m still grieving and in shock, I can’t believe this is real. I’m praying for you and your family and I know your watching over them and protecting them. Rest In Peace Naya 💙🙏🏾."

    RIP 💔.

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