Former Glee Stars Naya Rivera & Mark Salling Dated In Real Life

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Getty Mark Salling & Naya Rivera.

Former Glee stars Naya Rivera and Mark Salling had a real-life romantic relationship.

People magazine reported in 2018 that the pair dated for three years while starring in the hit show together.

Rivera hit the headlines again when she was reported missing on July 8 following a boat ride on Lake Piru with her 4-year-old son, Josey Hollis Dorsey. Her son was found asleep in the boat, but Rivera has not been located. She is presumed dead.

The Ventura County Sherriff’s Office confirmed the missing person was identified as Rivera.

Fox Los Angeles’ Elex Michaelson said on Twitter that Rivera’s son said his mother was “swimming but couldn’t make it back on board.”

Robert Kovacik, a reporter for NBC LA, said while her son was wearing a life-vest, Rivera was not.

People magazine reported that Salling and Rivera dated for three years until Salling dumped her in 2010 on the advice of his publicist.

Here’s what you need to know:


Rivera Wrote About Her Relationship With Salling in a Tell-All Book

Rivera, 33, wrote about her relationship with Salling in her 2016 memoir, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up.

The actress, best known for her role as cheerleader Santana Lopez on the Fox hit series Glee, said Salling, who played the role of bad-boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman in the show, dumped her after his publicist said she was bad for his image.

Rivera went on to marry Ryan Dorsey in 2014. They divorced in 2018. Dorsey at one point accused Rivera of domestic battery but later decided against pursuing charges. The couple has one child together. Rivera was also engaged to rapper Big Sean when she was 27, but she found out the engagement was off when he announced it online. Big Sean later went on to date singer Ariana Grande.

Brad Ellis, aka “Brad the piano player” from Glee, described Rivera and Salling’s relationship as “stormy,” according to People magazine.


Salling Killed Himself While Awaiting Sentencing on Child Porn Charges

In February 2018, People reported Salling’s “apparent suicide at the age of 35 … just one month before he was to be sentenced to prison for possession of child pornography.”

Salling was found hanging from a tree near a riverbed in the Sunland area of Los Angeles, TMZ said.

In her 2016 memoir, Rivera said she wasn’t entirely surprised when the news emerged about Salling.

“When Mark dumped me, I thought it was the worst thing ever, but can you imagine if that didn’t happen? And I was laying there in bed when the battering ram came through the door?” she said.

“I think everyone should have that one relationship where you look back and ask yourself, ‘What the hell was I thinking?’ You’ll learn something and you won’t regret it. Unless, of course, that relationship was with someone who had a sizable stash of child porn on his computer. Then, by all means, regret everything.”

Salling’s 2018 death was not the first among Glee stars. Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson, died of a drug overdose in 2013 at age 31.

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