Lupita Nyong’o has announced her split from boyfriend Selema Masekela.
She went public with the news on Instagram, Thursday, while encouraging her followers to “face our pain so we don’t spread it.”
In the lengthy note Nyong’o began by acknowledging that “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,” the Oscar winner wrote. “I find myself in a season of heartbreak because of a love suddenly and devastatingly extinguished by deception.”
Nyong’o wrote that she’s felt the urge to “run into the shadows and hide” amid the heartbreak, but said “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 Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star said she shared the personal news “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,” concluded the message, in which Nyong’o never referenced Masekela by name.
Her announcement comes a day after she was seen attending a Janelle Monae concert with friends and Dawson’s Creek actor Joshua Jackson, 45, whose wife Jodie Turner-Smith recently filed for divorce.
Nyong’o and Masekela publicly confirmed their relationship on Instagram in Dec. 2022.