Lupita Nyong’o has a boyfriend named K’Naan and the two have been reportedly dating since September 2013. Read on for the facts on the man who captured the lovely Nyong’o.
1. Lupita’s Man Supports Somali Pirates
K’Naan is a Somali-born rapper whose real name is Keinan Warsame and he has been revealed as the current boyfriend of Lupita Nyong’o. According to the Daily Mail, K’Naan’s song Wavin’ Flag was actually chosen as the official anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. You can check out the music video below:
What you may not know is that K’Naan is actually a devout Muslim. He reportedly doesn’t drink or smoke and is actually quite successful in his rap career. However, K’Naan has caught some heat for his support of Somali pirates, especially because of the film Captain Phillips that was released this past year. K’Naan’s views on these pirates are that they “serve a purpose.” According to Radar Online:
Citing illegal fishing and the dumping of toxic waste off the coast of Somalia, he’s said, “Our pirates were the only deterrent we had from an externally imposed environmental disaster. One man’s pirate is another man’s coast guard.”
2. K’Naan and His Family Were Refugees
K’Naan and his family left Somalia in the 1990’s to avoid the war that was going on. Radar Online reports:
K’Naan, born Keinan Warsame, was born in Somalia but fled with his family to Canada in the 90s after seeing his young friends killed in the beginning of that country’s civil war. But life in North America would only prove to be more dangerous.
Couple Alert!: Rapper K’naan and Lupita N’yongo Romantically Involved…>> pic.twitter.com/Y2Tz8qCfAx
— Rapnairobi Media (@Rapnairobi) March 12, 2014
3. He Used to Be in a Gang
When K’Naan and his family moved to Toronto, K’Naan became a part of a Somali gang. K’Naan stated:
We Somalis weren’t treated well because we didn’t know how to dress cool. We didn’t have Nike trainers; instead, we had stuff from Walmart and kids would be laughing. There was always conflict there … I learned to fire guns at the age of nine or so, but luckily I was not out killing people. We zigzagged the streets to escape those trying to kill us.
4. K’Naan Has Children From a Previous Relationship
Apparently, the rapper has two boys with a pharmacy tech named Deqa Warsame, who he was previously married to. Lupita Nyong’o reportedly has not met K’Naan’s sons yet because the couple is taking it slow.
5. For Weeks, Nyong’o Has Been Rumored to Be Dating Jared Leto
— Jason Lawson (@Snowballx) March 11, 2014
There have been so many stories trying to romantically link Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto. Us Weekly reports on how it all began:
After fellow Oscar winner Jared Leto called her his “future ex wife” during his Independent Spirit Awards acceptance speech, rumors of romance between the two blossomed.
But, Nyong’o found the rumors to be comicable. When she appeared on The Ellen Show last month, she laughed:
When I read these rumors, they’re so detailed that even I start to question whether they’re true or not.
beautiful beautiful couple. i refuse to believe that she is dating k'naan pic.twitter.com/iQutgw8pdW
— jupita (@xxelle54) March 12, 2014