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12 Dec

Amber Riley, DeSean Black Call Off Their Engagement

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Actress and singer Amber Riley has moved on from her engagement to DeSean Black.

While visiting the podcast Nice & Neat last month, the Single Black Female star was asked about her relationship status, to which she replied, “I’m a single Black female. I’m, but I’m not a crazy one like within the movie.”

That revelation could have come as a surprise to some, who knew she was engaged to Black and had been since 2020.

“I’m recently single,” she added, noting that the breakup wasn’t a nasty one.

“It was amicable,” she said. “I wish him the very best. I don’t have anything horrible or bad to say.”

Riley initially announced she was engaged in the autumn of 2020.

“There was a time when I believed I didn’t want or deserve this type of love. I’m taking a look at a person who modified my mind,” she wrote in a since deleted Instagram post. “My time by myself, loving on myself, getting comfortable with myself, prepared me for you, and ready me for this.”

The couple quickly became a favourite online, with Riley opening up about their initial connection coming from her sliding in Black’s DMs, and them opening up about their love in Netflix’s online series Love That For Us in 2021. They were last seen together publicly on the premiere of her hit Lifetime movie Single Black Female in late January.

She didn’t say anything with reference to that split, but when asked about any relationship regrets in her life, she said she had none.

“I learned lessons from every relationship I used to be in and I thank them and leave them with love and lightweight. That’s all that I can do,” she said. “It’s not a passive aggressive ‘love and lightweight’ because truthfully, the one thing that I can control is me. And that’s the one thing I can give attention to. I can only give attention to my mistakes and what it’s that I’ve done and the way I’m going to do higher. If I sit and take into consideration each thing that person could have done…for what?”

Riley’s focus lately is on herself, and selecting herself, as she told the Nice & Neat hosts. Should you follow the star, you’ll see she’s been going hard within the gym as a part of her dedication to prioritizing wellness not necessarily for the physical advantages, but really, for the mental gains.

“It’s taken me a pair years to know that selecting myself just isn’t selfish,” she said. It sounds foreign and it sounds inappropriate and it [sounded] fallacious to me for a very long time. But making those decisions to actively select yourself has really helped me say, ‘Oh God I actually don’t feel like getting up that early tomorrow to work out but I actually have this, this and this to do within the afternoon and I would like to get my mind right.’ And that’s, ‘Amber, you selecting yourself.’”

Here’s to picking yourself and moving on from things in a peaceful, positive way.

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