Model Nickayla Rivera has put a stop to rumors that she and her ex-brother-in-law, Ryan Dorsey, have begun to date following her sister Naya Rivera’s death. On Monday, she posted a message to her Instagram story, and though she didn’t directly address the Daily Mail article that started the rumors, her meaning was clear.

“In the darkest time of my life, the only thing that is important is my friends and family. Showing up for my nephew, even though I can’t show up for myself,” Rivera wrote in her stories.

Her post came after fans of her sister Naya flooded her Instagram comments to attack Rivera for her decision to move in with Dorsey. Rivera asserts that she made her decision for the sake of Naya and Dorsey’s son, Josey, but the Daily Mail article which covered it suggested the pair had been flirting, and were moving in together as part of a budding romance.

“Gross and sad couldn’t find someone that was not the father of your nephew or your ex brother in law 🤦🏽‍♀️,” one commenter wrote on this Instagram post meant to honor Rivera’s death.

Another just posted dozens of 🤢 and 🐍 emojis.

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i love you

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“So interesting that your smooching off her husbamd, now that shes gone. Btw R.I.P Naya,” another commenter wrote on this post, months after it was originally made.

“You wrong sis… this is some foul shit. I was rooting for you until I just seen the pics of y’all holding hands🤨 straight clown 🤡,” a fan wrote, referring to the photos in the Daily Mail article.

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This is so unfair…there's not enough words to express the hole left in everyone's hearts. I can't believe this is life now. I don't know if I'll ever believe it. You were just here… We were just in the back swimming with Josey the day before. Life just isn't fair. I don't know what to say…I'm thankful for our times and our journey that brought us together and gave us the sweetest and kindest smart little boy we could ever hope for. I remember sometimes you used to get annoyed at me: "Ryan can you stop snap chatting!" Haha. I'm glad I didn't listen to you because I have hundreds and probably thousands of snaps and videos that Josey will have forever and know his momma loved him more than life, and how much fun we had together as he was growing up. Life is all about good times and bad times but with Josey it makes the bad a little less so because a part of you will always be with us. He'll never forget where he came from. We miss you. We will always love you. Love you Meep. 🖤💔🖤 ♥️ To everyone that reached out and I haven't had a chance to or just didn't get back to you…thank you all for the overwhelming love and support you've sent our way. I'll just say in closing, be kind to yourself, be kind to others, forgive…forget…don't hold grudges….if you have nothing nice to say maybe try not to say anything. There's peace in silence. Time on Earth is precious and you just never know….you never know what could happen. Hold your loved ones close, and cherish the times you have with those you care about. ♥️

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Meanwhile, the comments under this post of Dorsey’s were mostly emoji hearts and positive messages. Fans of Rivera mostly seemed to target Nickayla, despite both of their participation in their supposed relationship. Nonetheless, Dorsey made a post addressing the rumors, discrediting them and thanking Nickayla for moving in in accordance with the wishes of Naya’s son.

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🗣Its not always black and white.

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“I’m not concerned with the way things look because no one can see each agonizing moment we all endure,” Nickayla wrote in her Monday stories. “What matters most I’ve learned, is to show compassion, not to judge others, & never take a moment of life for granted. I hope you all can do the same.”

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