Naya Rivera's ex-husband Ryan Dorsey has posted a heartbreaking tribute to the late actress for Mothers Day, ahead of her two-year anniversary.
Ryan, who shares a son with the late Glee star, told followers in an emotional post to Instagram that he has 'regrets', before urging them to hug their mums and grandmothers and 'forgive & forget, if you can'.
Rivera died from accidental drowning after going missing at Lake Piru in California back in July 2020.
Sharing a collection of photos of Naya and Josey, and his own mum, Dorsey detailed how he spent Mother's Day this year - driving to the site of Naya's tragic passing.
He wrote: "I woke up thinking about so much. Josey with his grandma & me by myself. I don’t text Happy Mothers Day b/c that seems like an insane thing to do considering.
"My mind full of so many thoughts. So many things. So many things to do this Sunday but first thing on the list was to get on with it & head to my least favourite place in the world.
"I tried to go back to sleep for a little longer as if I could just dream through reality and postpone real life a bit longer. But I just lay there staring up through the air in front of my eyes."
He continued: "Flashes of memories of me as a little boy at his age w/ my mom turned into some gratitude for the years I’ve had & still have, turns into the times my son & I had with his and how they were stopped... I know how this day is going to go. Plenty of time for water works, but not now. I fight it & up I get."
Recalling the little memories he found himself looking back on during the drive, he wrote: "On the way there’s places I pass that bring back times. This is where we took him when he was little that one time…Damn, we had dinner there.
"That’s the street I used to live on when we first met…she used to live there on Magnolia. Flowers sold out where I used to always get them. I’ll just get some on the way…
"I miss my exit as I feel like I didn’t blink for 10 minutes as my mind was wandering with so many flashes. The harder I think about things, it’s harder to believe. Un-f***ing-believable, still that this is reality. That this is our real life and I have to blink hard & shake my head as if to snap out of it & grasp the facts of it all once and for all."
In the devastating post, Ryan went on to admit that when he arrived, he shed tears and talked to her 'about the dumb s**t that set us apart'.
"Thinking about regrets & how life could be, but how it is. Then I have to go on with my day and…that’s all we can do is go on, go on while we can."
He concluded: "Hug your mommas and grandmas, and love ‘em while you can. Forgive & forget, if you can. You don’t wanna maybe wish what if you did one day."
The couple married in 2014 in a secret ceremony, not long after she split from her ex-fiancé Big Sean. A year later, the newlyweds welcomed their baby boy Josey Hollis Dorsey.
After four years of marriage, Naya filed for a divorce from Ryan in 2018. The pair went on to share custody of their son Josey before her tragic passing in 2020.
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