Nia Long has always been associated with love, romance, and beauty. As one of the standout actresses of the ’90s black film era, she was many people’s first crush as we watched her fall in love with the likes of Ice Cube, Martin Lawrance, Taye Diggs, and Larenz Tate. In real life, Long is a bit more cynical than her on-screen counterparts. Despite being in a relationship for the last 12 years and engaged seven years, Long recently revealed that she is in no rush to run down the aisle. Now with the latest news of her fiance being caught cheating with a staff member, the question of will Nia Long ever marry him is now more relevant than ever.
Nia Long is currently dating basketball coach Ime Udoka. Udoka is the head coach of the Boston Celtics and shares one child with the Soul Food actress, Kez Sunday Udoka. Long and Udoka have been engaged for seven years now, and Nia recently revealed to Essence’s “Yes Girl” podcast that it is on purpose. The duo met in Boston in 2010 while they were both there for work. They welcomed their first child a year later and were engaged by 2015.
Despite Ime jumping from city to city with different coaching gigs and Nia traveling all over the world for acting, she says the space is a big part of what helps everything work. “We both have beautiful careers,” Long said after Udoka nabbed the head coaching position in Boston. “The thing that I think makes it work for us is we give each other the space and time to do what we have to do individually, as well as together.”
Nia Long says that she has never seen a marriage work and feels like she does not need the title of husband and wife to validate her union. She explains that it simply is not “where they are as a family.” For Nia and Ime, the real focus has been cultivating a healthy union for themselves and their kids. “I worked hard to have the career I wanted, but I’ve also been deliberate about my personal life,” Long said. “None of this is a mistake.”She goes on to say that she and Ime have no solid plans for a wedding anytime soon and are happy with their union.
Now more than ever, the question of Nia Long marrying Ime Udoka is in question by fans. The Boston Celtic’s coach has been suspended from his post after reportedly being engaged in a consensual and inappropriate relationship with a staff member. After news broke, many fans called the NBA coach out for cheating on Nia Long, but may were unaware the couple has been engaged for seven years – which many considered a red flag without knowing the full context of Nia’s point of view.