All seemed well when Naya Rivera reconciled with her husband, Ryan Dorsey. But now, the actress was arrested for domestic battery and has refiled for divorce. Get the scoop on Naya Rivera’s soon-to-be ex-husband in Ryan Dorsey’s wiki.
Naya Rivera and Ryan Dorsey gave us couple goals until their marriage crumbled when she filed for divorce. They reconciled only for things to fall apart again. Rivera refiled for divorce after she was arrested for hitting Dorsey.
Although they made a cute couple, Rivera and Dorsey have gone through their fair share of highs and lows. Read all about Naya Rivera’s ex-husband and their marriage right here.
He Played a “Dead” Guy
Did you know that Ryan Dorsey plays a character in the seventh season of the teen fantasy drama, The Vampire Diaries? The actor plays Marty Hammond, a former merchant marine who became an alcoholic to cope with his stress.
Marty, a charter bus driver, died in a truck crash while drunk at the wheel. As to what happens to him after that, you’ll have to watch the episode, “I Went to the Woods.”
Hailing from West Virginia, Dorsey caught the acting bug after a play he did in high school. He planned to play football and study theater at Western Carolina University. But after only a semester, he returned home to make short films with his friends.
Dorsey attempted post-secondary education again and studied at West Virginia University for a year. He then moved to the Big Apple where he auditioned for and was accepted into the acclaimed New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.
While Rivera became a household name as the headstrong cheerleader Santana on Glee, Dorsey attained some commendable acting credits on TV. He has appeared in Southland, Parks and Recreation, The Mentalist, Justified, and The Night Shift.
Most recently, Dorsey played Dime Bag in Ray Donovan and Tommy Miller in Pitch.
Discovering His Calling
Being an actor wasn’t Dorsey’s first choice career when he was a teen. The only way he wanted to be on TV was if he was playing in the NBA or NFL. In school, he had gained notoriety for his basketball skills.
While playing football with his friends one day, Dorsey took an elbow to his face, which broke his nose and orbital bone. Subsequent surgeries and problems with his eyesight derailed his sports career.
Two of his friends talked him into trying for the school play. It so happened that an industry professional from Hollywood, Ron Reedy, returned to his home state in West Virginia to take care of his ill mother.
While in Virginia, Reedy took over the theater program at Dorsey’s school—Riverside High. Dorsey played an aging attorney in the Ayn Rand play, Night of January 16th, and he’s been breaking the fourth wall ever since.
Dorsey credits Reedy for inspiring him to pursue acting. Reedy supported him throughout his theater class, and he decided to enroll at Western Carolina University. His post-secondary education was cut short as he moved back home to make films with his friends, thanks to Reedy’s inspiration.
The actor later honed his craft at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. To help pay for New York, he worked with his father at New River Electrical. He did electrical construction and continued the job off and on during his time in New York.
Dorsey soon found himself in Los Angeles attending auditions. It took him years, but he finally got his first role on Parks and Recreation. After this, acting finally become a steady gig for him.
Not without Hiccups
Rivera has always been candid about her life, particularly through her memoir, Sorry, Not Sorry. In the very same book, she opened up about her relationship with Dorsey.
In July 2014, the couple tied the knot in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, only three months after she ended her engagement to Big Sean. Rivera’s had some high-profile relationships before her marriage.
Rivera even accused Big Sean of cheating on her with Ariana Grande. But, she was accused of “switching grooms” for her lightning fast wedding to Dorsey just after her breakup from Big Sean. But she clarified that she had known Dorsey for a long time and had dated before.
As detailed in her book, Rivera and Dorsey briefly dated during her early years on Glee before parting ways, because she wanted to focus on her career. Few weeks after her breakup, she discovered that she was pregnant. Without informing Dorsey, she decided to terminate her pregnancy during a day off from filming.
The two maintained a platonic yet distant relationship until her breakup from Big Sean. Dorsey reached out to her to console her, and they rekindled their romance.
“By the time we sort of reconnected, I was like, gosh, there’s a reason why you keep coming back in my life and we keep coming back together,” Rivera wrote.
Three months later, they were married. Rivera and Dorsey’s son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, was born in 2015. When talking about her abortion, Rivera said Dorsey couldn’t have been more understanding.
Happily-Ever-After Cut Short
After two years of marriage, Rivera filed for divorce from Dorsey in November 2016.
In a statement, Rivera said,“Our priority is and always will be our beautiful son that we share together. We will continue to be great co-parenting partners for him.”
At that time, Rivera requested primary custody of their son and visitation rights for Dorsey.
This October, almost a year later, they called off the divorce. Sources said they wanted to make their marriage work for the sake of their son. Their reconciliation appeared to be going smoothly until things went south again.
The singer-actress was arrested late November on charges of misdemeanor domestic battery. She allegedly had an altercation with Dorsey while taking their son for a walk. Dorsey called 911 for his wife’s “out of control” behavior.
According to the official report, Rivera struck Dorsey in the head and face, and he had minor injuries consistent with the claims. He also provided a video of the alleged accident.
Reports revealed that Rivera was later released on a $1,000 PR bond and picked up by her father-in-law. While she kept a low profile, Dorsey made a statement through Twitter requesting privacy.
— ryan dorsey (@DorseyRyan) November 28, 2017
A week after her arrest, it surfaced that Rivera has refiled for divorce citing “irreconcilable differences.” The documents are dated before her arrest.
Naya Rivera has requested for joint legal and physical custody of their son and asked the court to terminate both side’s ability to get spousal support.