In the wake of her public announcement about ending her relationship with US-based TV host Selema Masekela, Kenyan Hollywood sensation Lupita Nyong’o is being showered with an abundance of support from her devoted fanbase.
Nyong’o took to her Instagram to share what she referred to as a “personal revelation.” She candidly expressed the pain of her heartbreak, attributing it to a sudden and shattering breach of trust, while avoiding mentioning any specific individuals involved.
In stark contrast, Masekela has opted for a low-key approach on social media, turning off comments on his Instagram posts and maintaining relative silence.
Nyong’o, who catapulted to fame as an A-list Hollywood actress and made history in 2014 as the first Kenyan to win an Oscar, publicly acknowledged her relationship with Masekela in December of the previous year.
A now-deleted video was a testament to their affection, with Nyong’o captioning it, “We just click!” Masekela, the son of South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela, similarly professed his love for Nyong’o in a separate post, saying, “Hearts are synched. My whole and actual love Lupita Nyongo.”
Nyong’o, in her announcement of the breakup, declared her intent to “publicly disassociate myself from someone I can no longer trust” and expressed the profound pain of a love “extinguished by deception.”
The revelation of the split has taken many fans by surprise, as they had initially celebrated the couple’s relationship as an inspiring union. This was particularly heartwarming given Masekela’s earlier plea to fans for advice on approaching a conversation with the Black Panther star. In a 2016 post, he humorously asked, “Hypothetically speaking, let’s say you are seated behind Lupita Nyong’o on an airplane. What would be your opening line?”
Nyong’o’s ardent fans and some of her celebrity peers have flooded social media platforms with an outpouring of supportive messages. Over the years, Nyong’o has amassed a substantial following thanks to her captivating performances in Hollywood blockbusters like Us and Black Panther.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay shared her empathy, stating, “We offer our unwavering support and sisterhood. Miracles surround you. Let’s acknowledge them with confidence and faith.”
Many of Nyong’o’s admirers have applauded her for her bravery in sharing a deeply personal and sensitive matter with the world.
In her Instagram post, Nyong’o expressed her hope that “sharing my experience might offer solace to others out there grappling with heartbreak, poised to confront their pain and embrace the wisdom it brings.”
In contrast, support for Masekela has been noticeably subdued following the revelation.
Lupita Nyong’o’s decision to openly share her experience of heartbreak and betrayal has not only shown her resilience but also provided a source of inspiration and empowerment to others facing similar challenges. Her ability to turn a personal setback into a message of hope and wisdom is a testament to her strength and character.
The overwhelming support from her fans and the notable contrast in support between her and Selema Masekela underscores the impact of her story. It’s a reminder that amidst heartbreak, one can find the strength to heal, grow, and inspire others in the process.
Lupita Nyong’o is a Kenyan-Mexican actress and filmmaker known for her remarkable contributions to Hollywood. She was born on March 1, 1983, in Mexico City, Mexico, and raised in Kenya. She achieved widespread recognition and critical acclaim for her role as Patsey in the 2013 film “12 Years a Slave,” for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Nyong’o’s breakthrough performance in “12 Years a Slave” marked the beginning of her successful acting career. She has since appeared in a variety of film projects, including “Black Panther,” where she portrayed the character Nakia, and the horror film “Us,” in which she played dual roles. Her performances have been celebrated for their depth and authenticity.
Lupita Nyong’o is not only known for her acting skills but also for her advocacy for diversity and representation in the film industry. She has been a vocal supporter of bringing underrepresented voices and stories to the forefront of cinema.