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Nia Long and Ime Udoka Break Up After 13 Years Together Following NBA Coach’s Alleged Affair

비벌리 힐스, 저것 - 2 월 17: Actress Nia Long (엘) and her Husband Ime Udoka (NS) attend the BET's 2017 American Black Film Festival Honors Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 17, 2017 비벌리 힐스에서, 캘리포니아. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

비벌리 힐스, 저것 - 2 월 17: Actress Nia Long (엘) and her Husband Ime Udoka (NS) attend the BET's 2017 American Black Film Festival Honors Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 17, 2017 비벌리 힐스에서, 캘리포니아. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

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Nia Long 그리고 Ime Udoka are going their separate ways.

A source exclusively confirms to PEOPLE that Long, 51, and Udoka, 45, have ended their 13-year-relationship after the former Boston Celtics head coach allegedly had an affair with a female subordinate within the team’s organization.

The situation is unfortunate and painful, but Nia is focusing on her children and rebuilding her life,” 출처는 말한다.

A rep for Long also confirms the couple areno longer together but remain fully committed to co-parenting their son [Kez].”

The couple’s split comes after the Boston Celtics held a press conference in September to address Udoka’s suspension.

“제 생각에는 the most heartbreaking thing about all of this was seeing my son’s face when the Boston Celtics organization decided to make a very private situation public,” 긴 말했다 할리우드 리포터 지난주.

CALABASAS, 저것 - 관점에서 말하자면 20: (좌-우) Assistant Coach for the San Antonio Spurs Ime Udoka, Kez Udoka, Actress Nia Long and Massai Dorsey II attend MANDAFEST Mandla Morris' 13th Birthday Celebration on May 20, 2018 in Calabasas, 캘리포니아. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/WireImage )

CALABASAS, 저것 - 관점에서 말하자면 20: (좌-우) Assistant Coach for the San Antonio Spurs Ime Udoka, Kez Udoka, Actress Nia Long and Massai Dorsey II attend MANDAFEST Mandla Morris' 13th Birthday Celebration on May 20, 2018 in Calabasas, 캘리포니아. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/WireImage )

Ime Udoka, Kez Udoka, Actress Nia Long and Massai Dorsey.
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9월, just weeks before the start of the 2022-23 NBA season, the Boston Celtics 올해 초 조쉬 체포 이후 on Udoka’s immediate suspension from the team. 당시, they said Udoka had violatedteam policies,” and noted his future with the team will be evaluated.

Shortly before the Celtics statement went live, ESPN 보고 that Udoka had arole in an intimate relationship with a female member of the franchise’s staff.PEOPLE later confirmed the allegations.

Udoka later gave a statement 에게 ESPN’s Malika Andrews on the alleged relationship. “I want to apologize to our players, 팬, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down,” 그는 말했다. “I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision.

His message concluded, “Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment.

Long issued her own statement exclusively to PEOPLE following the news.

The outpouring of love and support from family, friends and the community during this difficult time means so much to me,” Long said to PEOPLE. “I ask that my privacy be respected as I process the recent events. 무엇보다, I am a mother and will continue to focus on my children.

Long and Udoka had been engaged since 2015 and share one child together, 11-year-old son Kez.

천사들, 저것 - 6월 30: Former basketball player Ime Udoka and Nia Long attend 2013 BET 어워드 - Arrivals at Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE on June 30, 2013 로스앤젤레스에서, 캘리포니아. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)

천사들, 저것 - 6월 30: Former basketball player Ime Udoka and Nia Long attend 2013 BET 어워드 - Arrivals at Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE on June 30, 2013 로스앤젤레스에서, 캘리포니아. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)

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The actress and the former head coach first met in February 2010 when Udoka was a professional basketball player with the Sacramento Kings. Long was in Boston filming a pilot for NBC, Udoka was playing against the Boston Celtics and a mutual friend set them up, 에 따르면 Boston Globe.

6월 2011, Long and Udoka exclusively revealed to PEOPLE that they were 첫 아이를 함께 기대하는. Long was already mom to son Massai from a previous relationship, but the new addition was Udoka’s first child. Their son Kez was later 태어난 11월에. 7, 2011.

During their relationship, Long was adamant howmarriage is not a priority for me,” 말함 본질 in their August 2012 issue she hadnever seen a marriage workand that marriage didn’t define a successful relationship for her and Udoka.

​​I don’t feel less loved or less loving because I’m not married,” 그녀는 당시 말했다. “I worked hard to have the career I wanted, but I’ve also been deliberate about my personal life. None of this is a mistake.

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그럼에도 불구하고, Udoka and Long 약혼했다 5월 2015. 아직, the pair had no plans to rush down the aisle, with Long telling a TMZ Sports reporter the following June that they weretaking our timewith wedding planning.

She shared similar sentiments in December 2020 ~에 Essence’s Yes Girl 팟캐스트, revealing that they didn’t need the labels of husband and wife to know that they’rein a partnership.

Long added, “Love is complicated … and then you start a marriage, which I’ve never been married. And there’s a reason for that because I don’t know that I need to say ‘I doto prove to you that I love you. 그러나 또한, what does marriage really [mean] … that you own me now and I own you? I don’t get that part.

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - 12 월 17: Head Coach Ime Udoka looks on during the second half against the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden on December 17, 2021 in Boston, 매사추세츠 주. 사용자 참고 사항: 사용자는 다음을 명시적으로 인정하고 동의합니다., 이 사진을 다운로드하거나 사용하여, 사용자는 Getty Images 사용권 계약 조건에 동의합니다.. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - 12 월 17: Head Coach Ime Udoka looks on during the second half against the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden on December 17, 2021 in Boston, 매사추세츠 주. 사용자 참고 사항: 사용자는 다음을 명시적으로 인정하고 동의합니다., 이 사진을 다운로드하거나 사용하여, 사용자는 Getty Images 사용권 계약 조건에 동의합니다.. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)

Ime Udoka.
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6월 2021, Udoka was named the head coach of the Boston Celtics after serving as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets.

Long had also been busy with her own career in Hollywood, which currently includes starring in Peacock’s limited series The Best Man: The Final Chapters, and the films Searching with Storm Reid and You People with Eddie Murphy, 조나 힐 and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

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Because of their jobs, the pair lived in separate states for a while, with Long and her son in Los Angeles and Udoka in Boston. 하지만, Nia had recently moved her family to Boston to be with Udoka. She has since moved back to LA with her son.