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Lupita Nyong'o breaks up with Selema Masekela

 A collage of Lupita Nyong'o and Selema Masekela.

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.

“There are much more important things going on in the world right now, and my thoughts are with those who are deeply suffering. At this moment, it is necessary for me to share a personal truth and publicly dissociate myself from someone I can no longer trust,” read her post in part.

The actress went ahead to shed light on the pain the split has caused her and was hopeful that the lessons she has learnt will be useful to others undergoing a similar predicament.“I find myself in a season of heartbreak because of a love suddenly and devastatingly extinguished by deception. 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.”

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

Adding: “I share this to keep it ?, and hoping that the knowledge of my experience might be useful to someone else out there experiencing the grip of heartbreak who is poised to try and escape from the pain and miss out on the wisdom that comes from it.  #Breakup Let’s face our pain so we don’t spread it.”

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

 Selema Masekela and Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita celebrates Selema as he turns 52

In late August this year, Lupita celebrated Selema, who had just turned 52, narrating how he lights up her days and went ahead to share snippets of their moments in a beautiful video montage.

“And THEN... the Universe saw it fit to bring this Sunshine Human into my orbit, and this day marks his introduction to life.

“Every day is full of #goodenergy and reasons to dance with @selema as my favourite playmate. Happy Birthday, mi amor!” she wrote.

Selema swiftly responded by saying he is the luckiest man alive, accompanying his comment with heart emojis.

“…sneaky, mi amor. luckiest man alive. My heart is smiling wide,” he wrote.

Lupita first introduced Selema to the world through a cute Instagram video in December 2022.

In the video, set to the song The King’s Affirmation, the couple was snapping along while changing into various outfits, from swimwear to formal attire.

“We just click!” wrote Lupita. Selema also put up a post describing the award-winning actress as his ‘whole and actual love.”

Selema is yet to speak on their break up. 

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