Taj Mowry took to social media to confess his continued love for ex-girlfriend, Naya Rivera – after her disappearance in what was considered a “recreational accident.”
The younger brother of sister Sister’s sister, Tia and Tamera Mowry, took to Instagram Friday night to say that his devastation was getting harder and harder every day, but he still held out hopes that she would be found.
The 34-year-old confessed that Naya was his first love in every way, and he always hoped that one day they would get back together.
Devastated: Taj Mowry took to social media to profess his continued love for ex-girlfriend, Naya Rivera – after her disappearance in what was considered a ‘recreational accident’
“My dear Naya – to say I am devastated would be an understatement. This is a nightmare. Every day is getting harder. However, I hold on to the hope that you will be found, “he began the long post.
“We grew up together. We became adults together. We have experienced so many firsts together. You were my first experience with everything; love, intimacy, heartbreak. We broke each other’s hearts and then restored them together … more than once. ‘
Tahj went on to say that no other woman in his life has ever adapted to Naya.
First Love: Naya and Tahj starred together in Smart Guy and dated when they were teens between 2000 and 2004
“I will never think about you. No woman has ever measured what you gave me or how you made me feel. I never liked to admit it, but I have always loved you, ”he opened.
“Part of me always wished the day when God would bring us back together to be what we dreamed we could have been.”
He continued, “I pray deeply for the Rivera family and that God now covers them with strength, peace, and love.”
“Mychal and Nickayla – you will always be like younger siblings to me and I love you very much. I saw you grow up to be beautiful adults. George and Yolanda – whatever you need, I’m here for you. We are family forever and I love you. ‘
Prayers: Tahj Mowry took to Instagram on Friday night to say that his devastation was getting harder and harder every day, but he still held on to the hope that she would be found
Tahj added, “I ask anyone reading this to please get up, along with the entire Rivera family, Ryan and Josey in prayer and respect what they are going through today. I pray that God will shower the whole family with strength and peace that only He can give. ‘
“I still have confidence. I still have hope. Please let us all pray that she be found and brought home safely. ‘
Tahj closed by sending a special message to his one true love.
“Naya, I miss you very much. I wish I had the chance to tell you that again, but I believe I get that chance. I know deep down you always knew how I felt. ‘
“I’m looking forward to the day when I can see your pretty face again and tell you everything I wanted to say that I didn’t get a chance to say it. I will always love you. I always have and always will. ♥ ️. ‘
Naya had previously confirmed in her memoir, Sorry Not Sorry, that Tahj was her first friend.
The couple dated for four years between 2000 and 2004 when they were teenagers.
Mystery: Meanwhile, law enforcement sources have ruled out suicide as a factor and believe the disappearance on the lake was accidental, the boat she hired Wednesday is pictured
Tahj’s sweet message comes after the Glee star’s son Josey was found alone on a boat four years ago on Wednesday night.
Naya was nowhere to be found and is now believed to be dead.
Law enforcement sources have ruled out suicide as a factor and believe the disappearance on the lake happened accidentally.
Sgt. Kevin Donoghue said People on Friday: “We interviewed her son and there was nothing we learned from her son that would suggest this was suicide. Everything we have learned so far makes this a sort of recreational accident on the water. ‘
“We can’t really say what really happened. We just don’t know, it’s a mystery, ”added Donoghue. “We are still investigating, we are still searching. We try to find clues along the way. But so far we really don’t have much information to guess what could have happened.
Naya and her son Josey: The pair were on Lake Piru in California on Wednesday afternoon when Rivera disappeared and is feared she drowned. A day before her disappearance, she shared the right image with the caption: ‘Only the two of us’
He also said it is unclear whether Josey got back on the boat herself or whether Naya helped him again. He said, “I know she was in the water. I don’t know if she helped him back on the boat. I do not know. ‘
Conditions in Piru Lake make it difficult for the rescue crew to find Naya, but they used a scanning sonar on Friday to “ take pictures of the bottom of the lake. ”
Police said on Thursday that the search and rescue mission for Rivera is now considered a recovery operation, the day after she disappeared from the California lake where she had sailed with her son.
Rivera disappeared on Wednesday while she was on Lake Piru with her son Josey, who told police that she had “jumped” into the water to go swimming and never came back. He was found asleep on their floating boat.
This is after search and rescue teams scoured the lake on Thursday and local sheriffs gave grim details about the lake Rivera knew and visited for years.
Ventura County Deputy Sheriff Chris Dyer said on Thursday that Lake Piru was a ‘refuge’ for Naya, she knew the lake and has been going there for years.
Naya Rivera and Ryan Dorsey: The pair had an on-off relationship, including a four-year marriage from 2014 and 2018, which led to the birth of a son, Josey Hollis Dorsey
Rivera welcomed her son, Josey Hollis, with then-husband Ryan Dorsey in 2015. She called her young son “my greatest success and I will never do better than him” in her 2016 memoir “Sorry not sorry”.
Rivera and Hollis divorced in 2018, after Rivera previously filed for divorce in 2016, but the pair had initially reconciled.
During Thanksgiving weekend 2017, Rivera was arrested in West Virginia on suspicion of a domestic battery charge against Dorsey. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office said Dorsey later asked that Rivera not be prosecuted.
Dorsey, also an actor, has appeared in such shows as Ray Donovan and Justified.
Former Glee co-star Matthew Morrison defended Rivera at the time of her arrest, saying she was a “wonderful mom.”
Divers search Piru Lake on Thursday morning for signs of Naya Rivera. The Glee actress disappeared after swimming from a pontoon boat rented with her son
Initially, the police had hoped to find the actress alive and searched the vast coastline and into the water. But now they say the mission is a recovery operation.
“There is no evidence of foul play at this time. This may be a case of drowning, “said Sheriff’s Captain Eric Buschow.
He said it was an employee who worked in the boat cabin and found the boat and child in the northern part of the lake.
“My indication is that the child was sleeping on the boat,” he said at a news conference by the lake on Thursday.
“I have been told that Naya Rivera has been coming here for years and that she is familiar with the lake. This may be a little retreat for her, especially on Wednesdays – no one is here on Wednesdays, so it’s a good day to come. She rented the boat. ‘
Rivera was arrested on a domestic battery charge (photo left) over Thanksgiving weekend in 2017 after she was charged with beating Dorsey (photo right together), who eventually filed for prosecution for not proceeding
Deputy Sheriff Dyer added, “We don’t presume her dead and at the moment it’s still a search and rescue operation, we’re not just looking for the water, but the shoreline. We hope for the best and prepare for the worst. ‘
The senior officer said that at this point, all signs indicate that this is a terrible accident.
“There was no collision or signs of struggle,” he said. “We use our helicopters, we use our dive teams, we use sonar equipment and our unmanned aerial drone team.
“It is extremely difficult to search this lake, it goes from a depth of 40 feet to 5 feet.
Daytime visibility is 8 to 10 inches. At night it is zero. Everywhere you see a buoy on the lake is a low section.
“There are mature trees and debris under the lake. It has been a few years since someone drowned here in Lake Piru, an accident happened in the lake, but it happened before, ”he said.