Naya Rivera’s dad praises her son Josey as ‘really strong kid’ ahead of anniversary of Glee star’s death

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Naya Rivera’s dad George called Josey ‘really strong’ (Picture: Instagram/ET)

Naya Rivera’s dad George has praised the strength of his grandson Josey as the one-year anniversary of her death approaches next month.

The five-year-old has since been raised by his father Ryan Dorsey and the Glee star’s sister, Nickayla Rivera, both of whom George praised too.

Joesy was found safe on a boat at Lake Piru in Southern California, telling authorities that his mother had jumped into the water but did not come back up.

The 33-year-old’s death in July 2020 was ruled as accidental drowning by the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office.

George has now opened up about how Josey has coped since Rivera’s death, sharing that they ‘talk about his mother’ with him, but are also sensitive to his young age and the fact he was present at the scene.

He was also positive about how well Ryan and Nickayla have been doing with the little one, praising Ryan for ‘the father he’s become’.

Naya Rivera's dad says her son, 5, is a 'strong kid who loves talking about mum'
George opened up about how the family talk about his daughter with Josey (Picture: ET)

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, he said: ‘Nickayla and Ryan are doing a really great job. Tough situation, especially because he was there.

‘It’s not like you’re talking about a ghost that’s floating around, right? He’s got memories as well, but boy is he coming around, right?’

He concluded: ‘Really strong kid.’

When asked how the family deal with any questions and talking about Rivera, he revealed: ‘We handle him and we talk to him just like he’s a five-year-old going on six.

‘It’s no different but when he wants to talk about his mother, we talk about his mother, in conversation.’

Naya Rivera and her son Josey
Naya Rivera with Josey in 2019 (Picture: Getty Images)

Commenting on the passage of time, Naya’s dad said: ‘He’s growing up and handling it really well.’

George also recently spoke to People magazine about how he’s found the past year as he grieves for his Glee star daughter, adding: ‘It’s still pretty much a big blur of pain almost a year later.

‘Things are slowly coming a little more into focus, but I don’t know if I’ll ever find closure from this. I miss her every day.’

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