In summary

  • The 2 have been dating for  close to one year
  • The Black Panther  star shared why she decided to reveal the news publicly
  • Lupita announced officially about their relationship  on Instagram in December 2022

Award-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o on Thursday announced her split from boyfriend Selema Masekela, citing deception.

Through a lengthy post on Instagram, Lupita said she was publicly dissociating herself from Selema as she could no longer trust him

“It is necessary for me to share a personal truth and publicly dissociate myself from someone I can no longer trust,” Lupita wrote. “I find myself in a season of heartbreak because of a love suddenly and devastatingly extinguished by deception.”

Why she shared the news publicly


Lupita Nyong’o and Selema Masekela. Image: Sara Kerens/AP.


The Black Panther  star shared why she decided to reveal the news publicly in spite of the heartache she’s currently feeling.

“I am tempted to run into the shadows and hide, only to return to the light when I have regained my strength enough for me to say, ‘Whatever, my life is better this way,'” she continued.

“But I am reminded that the magnitude of the pain I am feeling is equal to the measure of my capacity for love. And so, I am choosing to face the pain, cultivating the courage to meet my life exactly as it is, and trusting that this too shall pass.”

Lupita, 40, noted that she hopes discussing her breakup with followers might help someone else experiencing the grip of heartbreak.

“The promise, they say, is that a tender heart is what gives birth to fearlessness,” she added. “I hope it’s true.”

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Lupita’s  Love Life

Lupita Nyong’o and Selema Masekela. Courtesy of Lupita Nyong’o/Instagram


The former couple’s   connection traces back years, as Selema, a TV host and designer, confessed to having an apparent crush on the Us actress in 2016.

”  tweeted  at the time, “let’s say you’re seated behind Lupita Nyong’o on an airplane, what would be your opening line?”

Things had gone from hypothetical to IRL by March 2022, when she attended the store opening of his surf apparel company Mami Wata in Venice, Calif.

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Lupita then announced officially on Instagram in December 2022, writing at the time, “We just click!” and “#thisismylove.”

Selema also gave a look inside their romance, gushing in a separate post, “Hearts are synched. My whole and actual love Llupita


She has since deleted all photos of Selema from her page.


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