Heather Morris shares photo of her son and Naya Rivera's: 'They remind me of you and I'

Heather Morris and Naya Rivera
Heather Morris and Naya Rivera
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  • Heather Morris has paid tribute to her on-screen love, Naya Rivera, in a heartbreaking tribute on Instagram.
  • Rivera's body was recovered from a lake in California five days after she was reported missing after going swimming with her son.
  • Sharing a photo of Rivera's son Josey and her two boys, Morris wrote on Instagram: "I'm showing the world a photo of our little goofballs for you, because I know that meant more than anything and they remind me of you and I."


Hollywood is still trying to cope with the sad news of Naya Rivera's death.

The Glee star's body was found at Lake Piru in California where she was swimming with her son, Josey, five days after she was reported missing.

Authorities believe she may have been pulled in by the lake's strong currents and only managed to muster up enough energy to get her little one back on their rented boat.

She was later confirmed to have died by drowning.

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Tributes for the actress came pouring in on Monday, with fans praising her portrayal of Santana Lopez in Glee – a fierce cheerleader who comes to terms with her sexuality when she realises her feelings for her best friend, Brittany Pierce, played by Heather Morris.

Demi Lovato, who also starred alongside Rivera as her girlfriend for a few episodes wrote on Monday: "I'll forever cherish the opportunity to play your girlfriend on Glee.

"The character you played was groundbreaking for tons of closeted queer girls (like me at the time) and open queer girls, and your ambition and accomplishments were inspiring to Latina women all over the world."

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Now, Heather Morris, who became close friends with Rivera, is opening up with a heartbreaking tribute to the 33-year-old on Instagram.

Sharing photos of Josey playing with her sons, she wrote: "We never took photos together because we mutually hated taking pictures... our relationship meant more than proof. I have countless pictures of our babies playing, because we shared that kind of pride and joy. So I'm showing the world a photo of our little goofballs for you, because I know that meant more than anything and they remind me of you and I."

The actress wrote of her friendship with her co-star and on-screen love: "We stuck by each other's side and created the most beautiful friendship built out of love and understanding. The last I had the chance to see you in person, I had left oranges outside our home for you to take. I wanted to say hi through the window but my phone didn't ring when you called (which it never does, f*cking T-Mobile), so instead you and Josey left two succulents on our doorstep as a thank you. I planted those succulents and I look at them every day and think of you.

"I still listen to your EP on repeat because from the moment I heard it, it struck me and I always wished the world knew more of your voice. You sent me over five dozen SnapChat videos when you and Josey woke up in the morning and I kick myself that I didn't save one of them. You always shared recipes and I admired your love for food. We vowed to spend every Easter together, even though Covid stole this last one from us. You are and always will be the strongest and most resilient human being I know, and I vowed to carry that with me as I continue to live my life."

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We started out as the closest friends and then like all new things, we went through a bit of a rocky phase. However, we stuck by each other’s side and created the most beautiful friendship built out of love and understanding. The last I had the chance to see you in person, I had left oranges outside our home for you to take. I wanted to say hi through the window but my phone didn’t ring when you called (which it never does, f*cking T-Mobile), so instead you and Josey left two succulents on our doorstep as a thank you. I planted those succulents and I look at them everyday and think of you. I still listen to your EP on repeat because from the moment I heard it, it struck me and I always wished the world knew more of your voice. You sent me over 5 dozen SnapChat videos when you and Josey woke up in the morning and I kick myself that I didn’t save one of them. You always shared recipes and I admired your love for food. We vowed to spend every Easter together, even though Covid stole this last one from us. You are and always will be the strongest and most resilient human being I know, and I vowed to carry that with me as I continue to live my life. You constantly taught me lessons about grief, about beauty and poise, about being strong, resilient and about not giving a fuck (but still somehow respectful ). Yet, the utmost important lesson I learned most of all from you was being a consistent and loving friend. You were the first to check in, the first to ask questions, the first to listen..you cherished our friendship and I never took that for granted. We never took photos together because we mutually hated taking pictures...our relationship meant more than proof. I have countless pictures of our babies playing, because we shared that kind of pride and joy. So I’m showing the world a photo of our little goof balls for you, because I know that meant more than anything and they remind me of you and I. I speak to you everyday because I know you’re still with me and even though I’m feeling greedy that we don’t get more time together, I cherish every moment we had and hold it close to my heart.

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