“I feel like a whole load has been lifted from me.”
Nia Long gets honest about her love life.
While appearing on Friday’s episode of “The Drew Barrymore Show,” the actress shared her thoughts on dating and revealed her current relationship status following her messy split from NBA coach Ime Udoka.
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“I’m so single,” said Long, 52, who split from Udoka last month after 13 years together.
“Are you looking for a relationship or are you happy the way it is? Are you open to it?” Drew then asked, seemingly alluding to Nia’s breakup.
“I’m still processing. I feel very free. I feel liberated. I feel like a whole load has been lifted off me in a way,” said the You People star, after which Barrymore jokingly asked if Long felt like she’d lost “a few hundred pounds in human form.” .
“It’s so good like going back to wearing my old jeans,” Nia quipped, before noting, “I’ll say I have to be careful who I’m with on a red carpet because I dated when I was five or six People I don’t even know their middle names. I’m like, ‘How is he, my friend?’ ‘Wow, that’s very interesting. I don’t even know this guy’s middle name, and he’s my new man.'”
Barrymore and Long moved on to the topic of dating, with the latter revealing that she has a secret crush.
“I have one person in mind,” she teased, adding that she will remain silent about the mystery man. “I won’t say it. I never say it.”
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Meanwhile, Drew pointed out that she “finds it funny to have a crush,” and said that she “really enjoys” going out. In response, Nia admitted she was “so nervous” about the date, before then asking Barrymore if she was “on the dating apps.”
Drew admitted she’s a fan of the apps, telling the The Best Man star that they actually “work.” The daytime talk show host jokingly added: “In real life nobody talks to you, everyone runs home to the app. I don’t want to be publicly rejected. I just do it privately.”
Last month, Long and Udoka announced their split. The former couple, who share 11-year-old son Kez, split just months after it was reported that Udoka was having an affair with a female employee. Due to the relationship, the manager was suspended for the 2022/23 season.
Speaking to in December, Nia broke her silence on the scandal, calling the news “devastating.”
“I think the most heartbreaking part of all of this was seeing my son’s face as the Boston Celtics organization decided to go public with a very private situation,” she said at the time.
The Fatal Affair actress and former NBA star began dating in 2010. The two welcomed son Kez the following year and got engaged in 2015.