Nia Long is showing a ring after announcing her engagement to longtime boyfriend Ime Udoka. The Best Man Holiday actress first stirred speculation of getting married when she flashed her engagement diamond on her finger, according to the Daily Mail.
Long, 44, and Udoka, a former NBA player, have been dating for five years and are proud parents to a 3-year-old son named Kez. The two lovebirds kept the engagement quiet and never mentioned the big news until now.
“They are getting married,” an insider said. “Nia love the ring and she knows Ime is the right man to spend the rest of her life with. They are happy together.”
Nia Long’s ring is only a sign of good things to come. Long is also mom to a 14-year-old son named Massai from a previous relationship.
During a 2013 interview, Long told a news outlet that she wanted to get married. Nia opened up about being single in her 30s and felt that the time was coming to wed.
“I think that women who are extremely driven to success, ambitious, I think they get to a point in their lives where they’re like, ‘Uh oh. I am 30-something years old, and I don’t have a husband and I don’t have children yet and what does that mean?'” she said. I think what it means is stay in your course because it’s going to happen when it’s supposed to happen. It doesn’t happen for everyone at the same time, so you can’t compare your life to someone else’s.”
Before Long and the San Antonio Spurs assistant coach got engaged, they were romantically linked for over five years now, and also have a son together, 3-year-old Kez. He joins brother Massai, the son of Nia from the previous relationship, in the family fold.
Kez is Udoka’s first child.
While Long is showing off her ring, she previously spoke about the importance of being aware of love and not pushing a good thing away. Nia is definitely family-oriented and speaks about needing a man in her life.
“You have to have an open heart to be vulnerable to accept it when it does come. I think the more success you have as a woman, you kinda go, ‘Well, I don’t really need a man, cause look-I have everything I want,’ but the truth is you do need a partner because at some point in your life you’re not going to want to walk alone.”
In addition, Long’s rep has confirmed that she is engaged to Udoka. It’s hard to tell how many carats Nia Long’s ring is, but it looks fancy.