It would have been the love story of the awards season: supporting actress Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o and supporting actor Oscar-winner Jared Leto.
But alas, it was not meant to be – mostly because Nyong’o is rumored to already be dating someone else.
Us Magazine reported the Mexican-born Kenyan actress has actually been secretly dating Somali-born Canadian rapper K’Naan since as far back as September.
A source told the magazine that 31-year-old Nyong’o bonded with K’Naan over similar interests after meeting, saying “she loves his humanitarianism” and that they are “both passionate about African issues.”
This is not the first time rumors have swirled around Nyong’o and the 36-year-old rapper, whose real name is Keinan Abdi Warsame. The duo was spotted quite cuddly in New York a day after she won for best support actress at the Academy Awards for her role in “12 Years A Slave.”
According to Us Magazine’s source, the couple is taking things slowly and the Yale-educated actress has not met his two sons from his marriage to ex-wife Dega Warsame.
Rumors surrounding Nyong’o’s dating life were a whirlwind topic of conversation and jokes throughout the awards season, with rumors of a romance blossoming between her and Leto – especially after he called her his “future ex-wife” during his Independence Spirit Awards acceptance speech earlier this month.
While Nyong’o has yet to address the reports about her rumored relationship with K’Naan, Hollywood’s current “It Girl” did address the Leto rumors on “The Ellen Show” last month.
“I thought Miley Cyrus broke us up,” she joked. “You know, it’s crazy cause when I read these rumors, they’re so detailed that even I start to question whether they’re true or not.”