Lupita Nyong'o opens up about her recent breakup for the first time

Lupita Nyong'o is opening up about her recent breakup.

In a new interview with Porter , the actor discussed the "pain and heartbreak" that led her to share details of their breakup online. (Nyong'o announced their breakup on Instagram in October 2023.)

"I looked at my social media environment and decided I didn't want to be part of this fantasy that everything is always rose-tinted," she explained, without specifically naming her ex Selema Masekela Masekela). "This is really worth learning. I just want to face reality."

In a new interview, Nyong'o clarified that she was happy to go public with her relationship with Masekela on social media because she "felt sure about it" but now plans to "go back to those days" and will date Live in secrecy.

As for the future, the Oscar winner is open to finding love again. "Our purpose in life is to love," she told the outlet. "So you have to go back in time."

Lupita and Selema's relationship

Nyong'o and Masekela first met in 2016, when they sat next to each other on a flight from Los Angeles.

"Hypothetically, of course... let's say you were sitting behind Lupita Nyong'o on a plane, what would be your opening statement?" Masekela wrote in a now-deleted tweet at the time road.

Lupita Nyong'o and Selema Masekor. Lupita Nyong'o/Instagram

According to People magazine , the two announced their relationship on Instagram in December 2022, with the actor writing that they "hit it off right away!"

Last fall, when Nyong'o announced her split from Masekela on Instagram, she wrote: "I wanted to run into the shadows and hide, but when I regained enough strength I could say 'no matter what, this way' My life will be better. … I choose to face the pain, develop the courage to face my life the right way, and trust that this too shall pass. #Teardown.”

According to People magazine , Nyong'o was photographed holding hands with actor Joshua Jackson in Los Angeles in December 2023, just after Jackson and his ex-wife Jodie Turner-Smith cited "irreconcilable differences." The divorce was filed two months after their separation.