Lupita Nyong’o is a critically acclaimed actress, demolishing boundaries for Black and African women pursuing a creative dream. Known for her role in films like Black Panther, Us, and 12 Years a Slave, the Kenyan-Mexican actress knows no bounds artistically. An Academy Award and Emmy Award recipient, she also boasts nominations for a Tony and Golden Globe Award. 

In her personal life, Nyong’o is a fluent speaker of English, Spanish, Luo and Swahilii, has made big strides in anti-poaching efforts, and is a big-time lover girl. Her public relationships range from K’naan to Jared Leto, though there may be someone new on her roster. 

So who is Lupita dating? Let’s take a deep dive.

Who Is Lupita Dating?

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The 41-year-old has recently gone public with her current lover, fellow actor Joshua Jackson. The two sparked dating rumors after being spotted attending Janelle Monae’s concert together last year, confirming their relationship in December of 2023. Having been friends for a while before turning romantic, the two had a solid foundation already built. Their palpable chemistry transcends platonic, as both seemingly can’t keep their hands off each other.

While they’ve kept it lowkey during red-carpet and public appearances, paparazzi has spotted a few intimate grocery runs and and beach dates of the two, as Nyong’o sports a new love glow.

Who Is Joshua Jackson?

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Canadian actor Joshua Jackson is most widely known for his role in the 90s teen drama, Dawson’s Creek. Beyond that, he’s appeared in shows like Fringe, Dr. Death, and the Paramount+ series Fatal Attraction, boasting a 2010 Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.

Nyong’o is certainly not the actor’s first public relationship, having been cited as Katie Holmes’ “first love.” He was previously married to actress Jodie Turner-Smith, who filed for divorce after nearly four years of marriage and one child, a girl named Juno Rose Diana Jackson. Citing irreconcilable differences, the marriage had reportedly turned toxic, opting to co-parent their 4-year-old daughter apart. 

What happened with Lupita and Selema?

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The actress’ newfound love follows a pretty major heartbreak. Nyong’o and ex-boyfriend Selema Masekela, son of South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela, were publicly together for one year before splitting in fall of 2023.

Upon their breakup, Nyong’o bared all in a vulnerable Instagram post, speaking to a “love suddenly and devastatingly extinguished by deception.” She continued, “I am tempted to run into the shadows and hide, only to return to the light when I have regained my strength enough for me to say, ‘Whatever, my life is better this way.’ But I am reminded that the magnitude of the pain I am feeling is equal to the measure of my capacity for love. And so, I am choosing to face the pain, cultivating the courage to meet my life exactly as it is, and trusting that this too shall pass.”

A poetic ode to opening your heart after suffering betrayal, she’s certainly been rewarded with a healthy partnership, proving it was the right move to trust in her capacity to love again.

Where Are They Now?

Having both experienced significant splits in late 2023, it seems as if Nyong’o and Jackson are each other’s happily ever after. Spending the actress’ most recent birthday together on a romantic excursion to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, neither seemingly have any intention of packing down the PDA. As their relationship continues to bloom, we wish all the best for these two tender hearts finding solace in new love.