Us Weekly: Lupita Nyong’o has definitely been dating K’Naan since September


This is the new cover of THR – Michelle Dockery and Lupita Nyong’o posing with their shared stylist Micaela Erlanger. THR did a huge spread on stylists and their star clients – you can see the write-ups here, and the photos here. I think it’s cool that Lupita and Michelle’s stylist got the cover, because it just proves that Lupita is the biggest It Girl out there, so much so that even the people working for her are becoming stars. Interestingly enough (I already knew this), it was Michelle who introduced Lupita to Micaela. When Michelle and Lupita were working together on Non-Stop, they became fast friends and Michelle told Lupita, “When you’re ready, I have the perfect stylist for you.” That’s very generous of Michelle, isn’t it? I think it is.

Anyway, I have another piece of Lupita news for you. According to Us Weekly, Lupita is not getting down with Uncle Terry’s BFF Jared Leto. They say she’s dating K’Naan and has been since September.

Sorry Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o is definitely taken! A source tells Us Weekly that the Kenya-raised actress, 31, has been dating Somali-born rapper K’Naan since September.

The New York-based couple has bonded over their similar interests.

“She loves his humanitarianism,” says a pal of the “Wavin’ Flag” singer, 36. “They’d both passionate about African issues.”

K’Naan has two sons with pharmacy tech ex-wife Deqa Warsame. And the rapper’s pal notes that Nyong’o and K’Naan are taking things slow.

“She hasn’t met his kids,” the friend reveals.

Fresh off her Oscar win for her role in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Nyong’o is definitely Hollywood’s new It Girl. 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.

“When I read these rumors, they’re so detailed that even I start to question whether they’re true or not,” Nyong’o joked on The Ellen Show last month.

[From Us Weekly]

Well, anything that gets her away from Jared Leto and Uncle Terry. Many of you said in last week’s post that K’Naan is a good dude and that he and Lupita would be good together. It wouldn’t surprise me if she has been quietly dating someone this whole time – she seems to instinctively know the value and limits to her privacy, and she guards herself carefully. Play on, Lupita. Play on.


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  1. GlimmerBunny says:

    OMG the Fassy/Lupita selfie is killing me! They’d be such an amazingly gorgeous couple… This is like Bradlifer last year all over again 🙁

  2. freebunny says:

    If they’re dating since last september it’s weird she didn’t meet his children, no?
    It’s fanfiction for me.

    • Steff says:

      They only know how to handle their own private lives

      • LL2 says:


        I agree, and only Lupita knows for sure who she is or isn’t dating not celebrity mag/tabloid Us Weekly. When Lupita wants us to know, she will tell us. Until then, nothing wrong with her socializing with her male friends and acquaintances.

    • T.C. says:

      I don’t believe it. She has been acting like a single lady in public.

      • LL2 says:

        Didn’t you say that Knaan already had a girlfriend?

      • Gypsy says:

        sorry I don’t agree, she’s been acting like a woman involved in a new romance.
        Did you know that Jared Leto has taken his mother on tour with him, sounds to me like he’s trying to prove to a certain someone he’s not going to go wild and do what touring Rock Stars do.
        Jared Leto has been publicly spending his time with only two women – His mother and Lupita.
        Jared Leto has met her mother and she has met his mother – Jared says he loves her family.

        I will bet that after Jared Leto March 16th, concert in Russia he will head to London to meet up with Lupita and you will see happy selfies.

  3. aims says:

    She’s gorgeous.

  4. MrsBPitt says:

    While Lupita is a beautiful woman, her style was hit and miss with me.

  5. Lark says:

    K’naan seems like a good dude, but I’m not sure I buy it (he lives in Toronto, she’s been traveling all over on the Oscar circuit). My guess is she’s single….

    As far as Jared and Uncle Terry—he’s gross as hell but there are some double standards here. Tilda Swinton, as someone pointed out, invited Uncle Terry to her b-day—and Lupita was at a dinner party that other people were at like Miuccia Prada (it wasn’t just Uncle Terry and Jared). She’s a 31 year old black woman in a business that often favors young white chicks…she’s not in the position where she can avoid Uncle Terry at a dinner party right now. Even if she was associating with him (which would disappoint me ;( ), I’m not sure why she would be getting hated on for this and people like Tilda, Elizabeth Olsen (who was also at the dinner party Lupita was at and posed with Terry), etc. escape criticism for doing the same damn thing. I’m honestly more disappointed that Tilda associates with him–she’s powerful as hell and a feminist, and yet she’s all over his website and they are tight. Sorry for the rant—just got annoyed at some of the comments on ONTD.

    • freebunny says:

      I think the problem is that she’s pretty good friend (girlfriend?) with Jared who is best buddy with Uncle Perv.
      It’s not like it was the first time they met and she’s not powerless.
      If it was a totally random picture I think people wouldn’t have problem with it, but it seems to be recurrent.
      People are disappointed cause they believed (wrongly) that she was so perfect, flawless, royal, etc; whereas she’s a normal human being.

    • V4Real says:

      After learning about Tilda yes some of the commenters did give her shit about it. Nothing much was said about Elizabeth Olsen because C/B didn’t run a post about her but they did about Lupita. Most commenters were just commenting on what was right in front of them. I’m sure if Kaiser and the team had posted pics of Olsen with Uncle Terry, posters would have had something to say about that as well.

    • Dani2 says:

      I can’t speak for everybody but I’ve been done with Tilda since I first heard she’s a Polanski advocate. I still think she’s a great actress but for me, her character is super questionable. Yesterday bugged me because I love a Lupita and want to see her do really well in Hollywood and not be a one-hit wonder.

      • FLORC says:

        I love Tilda’s style and look. How she carries herself seems very natural too. I like her because of that and she’s a good actress. And i’ll still judge her from my screen for her questionable associations and choices.

    • littlestar says:

      Lupita dating K’Naan would definitely redeem her slightly in my eyes, after yesterday’s post. But I’m going to have to agree with you, logistically it just doesn’t seem like they would be able to date!

      Edit: As for Tilda, I don’t much about her and almost never read posts about her on here, but if she’s a Polanski supporter, that is just sad, because I do know enough that she sells herself as a strong independent woman/thinker.

  6. vangroovey says:

    Those are three VERY attractive, sophisticated looking women.

    • Alexis says:


      All are gorgeous and elegant. Cool how the same lighting complements both very fair and very deep skin tones.

  7. blue marie says:

    Good for her, I think they look cute together. That is a lovely cover of the 3 of them.

  8. AG-UK says:

    I liked her styling more at the beginning, Gotham Awards etc… there were a few I thought ummm? She is lovely but I think I have had enough for a while. I will come back in the spring /summer 🙂

  9. Shelley says:

    I neeeed her to NOT date any of these Hollywood people! #thatisall

    • Artemis says:

      This. I don’t get shipping her with famous people when she can do better. All the men she’s linked with aren’t all that.

      • zala says:

        K’Naan seems pretty great though. Dating or not I like that they’re friends. From his ex-wife to people who’ve worked with him I’ve only ever seen positive things about him in the news, and he comes across as humble and intelligent (in Canada he’s been interviewed a lot in print and on TV).

      • littlestar says:

        Agree with zala, K’Naan seems to be mostly famous in Canada, and he has never struck me as fame hungry (unlike someone like Leto, who is fame DESPERATE).

      • Artemis says:

        Oh sorry, should’ve made myself clear. I mean the men she is shipped/linked with by other people like Fassbender, Leto et al. She wasn’t shipped with K’Naan because nobody had heard about them until recently 🙂

        If girlfriend is dating K’Naan, good for her but it seems like she keeps her love life private which is why I can’t comment on it really.

  10. ZAK says:

    I think Lupita’s fashion has pretty good but it’s definitely not as perfect as people make it out to be. The red dress with the cape was by far the best thing she’s worn, followed by her Oscar dress. Other dresses were pretty but not OMG gorgeous like those two.

    Good for her for keeping her relationship away from the media.

    • taxi says:

      I wish she’s do completely natural hair. That half-mohawk bump thing on top of her head unbalances her face in full front view.

  11. QQ says:

    That embelished collar and those earrings situation look FANF*KINGTASTIC… When the burgundy/wine situation showed up I dont think we had good pics of the details of that outfit.. It looks so classy and expensive

    • Sullivan says:

      Yeah, she’s bringin’ it hard in the burgundy. I hope she’s with K’Naan IF these are the only options. Frankly, the world is her oyster right now. There’s got to be better options out there.

    • Peppa says:

      That burgundy outfit gave me life when the picture first came out. Those matching burgundy sunglasses are fierce as hell! I am in the “Lupita has great style” camp.

  12. MissMary says:

    It doesn’t sound any different than the fan speculation about her and K’Naan, tbh. It reads like they just picked up the rumor, especially as it’s from a “source” and not the couple.

  13. Talie says:

    CDAN — not the most reliable — had a crazy blind item about Knaan and Lupita saying that he would be arrested soon for some indictment.

  14. Kali says:

    Serious question here – to what extent would stylists advise on hair/makeup? While I think Lupita’s fashion game over the last few months has been amazing at best and only interesting at worst, I need to know who’s responsible for the matchy matchy eyeshadow to outfit ratio!!!

  15. Renee28 says:

    Ava DuVernay (she’s a director for those who don’t know) had a picture of her with Lupita and K’Naan on twitter and she said she was the third wheel. Her saying third wheel makes me think there’s something going on.

    • Steff says:


    • LL2 says:


      Or maybe she felt like a third wheel because they know each other and have a similar background and she felt left out. If she’s been dating a Canadian rapper all this time, wouldn’t there have been some mention of it in the Canadian press? They would have to spend time together and someone would have seen them? At this point, I don’t know but I need more proof than an unnamed source.

      • Steff says:

        Yeah we cannot really know, only make assumptions or use intuition 🙂 But my opinion or feeling about it is that she’s just having fun with the new people she’s met recently in mundane events, not matter how ( with “benefits” or simply being buddies ). That’s why I can’t picture her having a relationship with Leto or any other famous actor, it looks to me totally random and simply for fun.

      • Renee28 says:

        It could be but K’Naan isn’t exactly a household name and until recently most people didn’t know who Lupita was. It would be easy for them to fly under the radar especially if they spent most of their time in the US.

      • jaye says:

        From what I understand, the Canadian press is not as voracious as the American press. I could be wrong about that, maybe one of our Canadian posters have a different take.

      • LL2 says:

        @Renee28 @ Jaye

        I will wait for more information. If they really are dating, additional info should come out sooner or later. Something about the Yale Grad & Oscar winner/rapper’s girlfriend combo sounds really off to me. I just don’t buy Lupita in the role of a rapper’s girlfriend but anything can happen so I will wait and see.

      • Tatjana says:

        He is not your average rapper. Try listening to some of his songs and then see if you’ll have the same opinion. “Fatima” is one of my favourites.

      • LL2 says:


        He’s still a rapper, though. I don’t see Oscar winners dating rappers no matter how above average they are. On top of that, Lupita is a politician’s daughter. I don’t see a lot of politician’s daughters dating above average rappers either. But there is a first time for everything however, I need more information before jumping to the conclusion that something which normally doesn’t happen is occurring in this instance.

      • orion70 says:

        He is kind of quiet and low-key. There was really nothing much said about his ex-wife either. When he became more public with Troubadour, early interviews mentioned that he was married but not much else, I didn’t even know the wife was now an ex until recently. He’s very quiet in interviews etc too.

        @Tatjana, I agree, beautiful song, same goes for People Like Me. The whole album (with maybe the exception of bang bang) is excellent. I LOVE America with Mos Def. The more poppier stuff he did with the last album didn’t have the same impact.

  16. Adrien says:

    She’s 31? I thought she’s in her early 20s.

  17. Tatjana says:

    Michelle Dockery is so beautiful. Love her. Lupita is pretty too.

  18. Lucy says:

    Love this friendship and the fact that Michelle introduced Lupita and Micaela!!

  19. itsetsyou says:

    She’s dating a rapper? Oh, please, don’t go and become another Rihanna now 🙁 🙁 🙁

    • LL2 says:

      LOL, I know right? I really don’t see Lupita as a rapper’s girlfriend. She can do so much better. No offense to Knaan, but being a rapper comes with a certain lifestyle that is incompatible with Lupita’s emerging career as an Oscar winning actress.

      • lovem33 says:

        His religion is Islam, and he doesn’t drink or do drugs….not the typical rapper.

      • LL2 says:


        He’s still a rapper. Lupita is building a career of her own, she doesn’t have time to be following him on tour or whatever he does. I know that not all rappers drink or do drugs. There are even Christian rappers but I don’t see them dating Oscar winners either.

    • AlmondJoy says:

      Do some research as to who the rapper is before you start to judge.

  20. AintMisbehavin says:

    Ahhhh….so he’s the one that’s been taking all the pictures of Jared and Lupita!

    Gotcha tab rags.

    Thanks 😉

    • LL2 says:

      LOL. Some people get real comfortable seeing an attractive black woman like Lupita interacting with an attractive white man like Jared Leto. They have to find a way to ease their discomfort by romantically linking her with the first black man they see her interact with.

      • LL2 says:

        Correction: “Some people get real uncomfortable. . .”

      • Tiff says:

        I still say there is something happening with Jared, they don’t want anyone to know. And the fact that people either a) don’t believe they are a couple or b) think he’s not good enough for her more than likely probably means they are. That’s what usually happens. Something tells me she has a real soft spot for Jared, too. Just a hunch…

      • Gypsy says:

        I did notice something interesting on her Instagram page.
        There is a selfie of Lupita’s hand (with HER ring) on a white seemingly male naked shoulder, the male seems slim. photo was dated March 2.
        Question: Does that photo mean the night of March 1 or March 2 something important happened? –

      • Steff says:

        @GYpsi: …that’s the arm of a sofa. Not a human piece of body.

      • LL2 says:


        It’s obvious from the pictures that Jared and Lupita took together during awards season that they have a soft spot for each other. It seemed like they always made an intentional effort to run into each other at each of these events and share a laugh or chat. For two people who didn’t know each other previously, I find that interesting. By contrast, you don’t see pictures of her posing and interacting with Matthew McConaughey, Jared’s co-star, for example. However, I’m not ready to jump to the conclusion that they are anything more than casual friends. I could be wrong, but time will tell.

      • LL2 says:

        Sorry multiple post.

      • LL2 says:

        Sorry, multiple post.

      • LL2 says:

        Sorry multiple post.

    • Steff says:

      @GIpsy: …that’s the arm of a sofa. Not a human piece of body.

  21. Nroth Wset says:

    The last pic….OMG. They can be my sandwich..I SURRENDER!!

  22. Nroth Wset says:

    Your headline: You just put him on the MAP, thnx to Lupita..
    Im not reading MUCH stories about her…I dont want to burst my bubble.
    Just looking @the pics.

  23. Gypsy says:

    Now I understand why K’naan was:
    1 Not her plus one at any Pre-Oscar party
    2. Not her plus-one at the Oscars
    3. Not her plus-one at the after-Oscar parties
    4. Not with her in Paris
    5. featured in any photos of them having fun, just one of a friendly hug in the streets.
    6. Not with her in London now.
    7. Not on her Instagram page
    8 Was never brought up until rumors of her dating Jared Leto got really intense.
    9. Obviously K’naan is manly enough that he is happy to see his woman hugging and giggling with another man at galas, at dinners and spending time together in Paris.
    10. The big question is , why would she post Jared Leto photos on her Instagram and not her rumored-real boyfriend?

    • Steff says:

      Cuz that’s how you play with the media and keep your REAL life private. You really can’t get an idea of celebrities real life based on what they publish, because what they publish is never what’s really going on, of course. I’d do the same.

      • Steff says:

        Plus, the white white “arm” you mention before in her instagram is the arm of a sofa, not a human body!

      • eddie says:

        Finally an intelligent comment, thank God.

      • LL2 says:

        @eddie @Steff

        I don’t believe that Jared and Lupita are anything more than friends. However, I do agree with “Gypsy’s” comment that Us Weekly’s assertion that Lupita and Knaan are a couple is ridiculous. Anyone who knows anything about Lupita is aware that she has a lot of male friends. How can Us Weekly be so sure that Knaan is Lupita’s boyfriend and not the male “friend” she lives with in Brooklyn? The friend went to Hampshire College, so its not Knaan. Like I stated earlier, some people get real uncomfortable seeing a black woman socializing with an attractive white man. This seems to be the case with Us Weekly’s article. It comes off as a knee-jerk reaction to the Jared and Lupita pictures. The article even starts with, sorry Jared, Lupita is taken. Like Jared needed Us Weekly to tell him that. If he’s hanging out with Lupita, he’s already knows if she is involved or not. Us Weekly is clearly tripping over Jared and Lupita’s friendship, they need to take a chill pill and relax.

    • LL2 says:


      LMAO! I agree the Us Weekly article is beyond ridiculous.