Move along Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o is apparently off the market and has been for six months.
The Oscar-winning star of 12 Years A Slave has been seeing Somali-Canadian rapper K’naan since September, Us Weekly is reporting.
Lupita, 31, who hails from Kenya, shares a lot in common with K’naan, 36, including a preference for living in New York and a love for Africa.
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‘She loves his humanitarianism. They’d both passionate about African issues,’ a source told the magazine.
That leaves little hope for admiring Jared, who called Lupita his ‘future ex-wife’ on stage at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 1.
The Dallas Buyers Club star, who also nabbed the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, was also seen getting cosy with Lupita at the Miu Miu show during Paris Fashion Week on March 5.
The crush appears to be one-sided with Lupita laughing off rumours of a Jared Leto romance during a recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
‘When I read these rumours, they’re so detailed that even I start to question whether they’re true or not,’ Nyong’o told Ellen in jest.
Meanwhile, Lupita and K’naan are said to be taking their relationship nice and easy.
Lupita has yet to be introduced to K’Naan’s two sons with his ex-wife Deqa Warsame with the source telling Us Weekly: ‘She hasn’t met his kids.’
Lupita sparked talk of a romance after she was pictured embracing the musician the day after The Oscars in Los Angeles.
She was spotted arm in arm with K’naan – whose real name Keinan Abdi Warsame – as she left a special post-Oscars interview on Live With Kelly & Michael on March 3.
K’naan even held the actress’ new Best Supporting Actress statue that she had won the night before for her role in 12 Years A Slave.
The actress said of her surprise win: ‘It is overwhelming but at the same time this is what I’ve trained for, this is what I’ve availed myself for.’
She added: ‘Well for the first half of the night I was being very, very selfish. I wouldn’t let anyone even take a picture with it. No. No one was holding it. And then…it’s really heavy.’
As for K’naan, he fled his native Somalia just as Civil War broke out and refugeed to Canada when he was 13 years old.
In an interview with Radar Online, the Wavin’ Flag rapper said he had a tough time growing up in Canada after he moved from Somalia in the 90’s, which led him to joining a gang:
‘I learned to fire guns at the age of nine or so, but luckily [I] was not out killing people. We zigzagged the streets to escape those trying to kill us.’
The rapper is now a reformed character and has a successful music career, with his song Wavin’ Flag chosen as the official anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.