Josey Dorsey, Naya Rivera’s Son: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Naya River and Josey Dorsey

Getty Actress Naya Rivera and son Josey Hollis Dorsey arrive for the premiere of "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" at the Regency Village theatre in February 2019.

Josey Dorsey is the son of former “Glee” star Naya Rivera and “Justified” actor Ryan Dorsey. The 4-year-old was found alone Wednesday night on a boat floating in Lake Piru in Ventura County, California, CBSN Los Angeles reported.

Rivera, who took Josey for a boat ride earlier that day, is presumed drowned, authorities say.

A boater discovered Josey sleeping on board roughly three hours after Rivera rented the boat at 1 p.m., the station said. The boy was found wearing a life vest, while an adult vest was also uncovered.

Josey told authorities that he and his mother went swimming, but Rivera was unable to return to the boat, CBSN continued.

Her vehicle, a black Mercedes G Wagon, was found in the parking lot with her purse inside, according to Fox 11.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department announced on Twitter a search-and-rescue mission for Rivera, featuring dive teams, drones and helicopters.

The operation was halted late Wednesday night and will continue early Thursday morning, the department tweeted.

Here is everything you need to know about Josey Dorsey:


1. Josey is Rivera’s First Child

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Josey was born on Sept. 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, according to Famous Birthdays. Documents obtained by TMZ show that the Glee alum and her former husband gave birth at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Rivera announced her pregnancy Feb. 24, 2015 on her official Tumblr page, writing, “Surprise! We’re having a baby! Ryan and I feel so blessed and can’t wait to welcome the newest member of our family!”

She also shared two pictures of herself and Dorsey as kids.

Rivera documented her pregnancy on her personal website, including blog posts about her body’s changes and pregnancy tips.


2. Josey Says he Wants to be on TV After Watching his Mom on Glee

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GettyActress Naya Rivera accepts the Favorite TV Actress Comedy award onstage at the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards on September 16, 2012 in Pasadena, California.

The 4-year-old expressed his desire to be on-screen after watching a song from Glee, Rivera told Us Weekly.

“He had never really seen it — and he goes, ‘Why I aren’t I on the TV?’” the actress said to the outlet. “I’m like, ‘You weren’t born yet!’ And he’s like, ‘But I wanna be on TV,’ and I was like, ‘Dun, dun, dun!’ … He’s like, ‘OK, I want to do that too.’”

Rivera disclosed to Us that her son “loves to sing, he loves music, he loves to dance and he’s really, really funny.”


3. Rivera and Dorsey Share Joint Custody of Josey

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GettyActors Naya Rivera (L) and Ryan Dorsey attend the March Of Dimes Celebration Of Babies Luncheon honoring Jessica Alba at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 4, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

Rivera and Dorsey got hitched in July 2014, according to Us Weekly. After a tumultuous split, the two finalized their divorce in June 2018.

“This is a difficult time for everyone in the family especially for Naya and I,” Dorsey tweeted at the time.

Adding, “This isn’t some reality show, this is our life, and I ask that everyone especially ‘the media’ please respect our privacy and treat us/this situation how you would want a loved one to be treated. Perhaps with kindness, respect, without judgement, and as negative a situation like this is, with positivity and love. Thanks.”

The former couple reached a 50/50 joint custody agreement on Dec. 22, 2017, Entertainment Tonight reported. Rivera and Dorsey agreed to “consult one another on all major decision relating to their son’s health, education and welfare,” the news outlet stated.

ET said court records show that the parents divide holidays and vacations equally.

The custody agreement came shortly after Rivera refiled for divorce at the beginning of the month, the outlet continued, despite the fact that she requested to dismiss the order in October. The actress originally sought divorce in November 2016.

Rivera was also arrested in November 2017 in Kanawaha County, West Virginia, ET disclosed.

She was charged with domestic battery against Dorsey following a dispute over Josey, a Kanawaha County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson told ET.


4. Josey’s Uncle is Former Oakland Raiders Tight End Mychal Rivera

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GettyTight end Mychal Rivera #81 of the Oakland Raiders warms up before the start of an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 30, 2016.

The Oakland Raiders “drafted TE Mychal Rivera out of the University of Tennessee in the 6th round of the 2013 NFL Draft,” according to Raiders.com. Heavy confirmed that the athlete is Naya Rivera’s younger brother, citing the Raiders’ article.

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“Naya, she’s on the FOX show Glee and she has millions and millions of fans, so some of her fans trickled down to me as the athlete in the family,” Mychal told Raiders.com.

Adding, “They follow me. Also just Tennessee fans and other football fans just love me as a tight end.”

In 2017, Mychal agreed to a contract with the Jaguars.

He is now a free agent, the NFL website shows.


5. Rivera Founded a Children’s Lifestyle Brand to Honor Josey

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The mother-of-one told PEOPLE Magazine that her son was the inspiration for her gender-neutral kids’ brand, JOJO&IZZY.

“First and foremost, everything I do is for Josey. He’s at the best age! He’s talking so much and [he’s] so cool, kind and sweet,” Rivera said to the magazine.

“Josey inspires me in so many ways that it felt natural to want to create this for him and I,” she added. “Starting this company from the ground up is something I’m really, really proud of. I know that my son is proud of it too. It’s a sweet bond that we share together.”

The Los Angeles-based unisex apparel and accessory company is “inspired by the innocence of youth, and the edginess of fashion,” its website reads.

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