Nipsey Hussle’s Girlfriend Lauren London Posts An Emotional NYE Message About the Late Rapper

Ahead of the new year, fans and celebrities alike took to social media on Dec. 31, 2019 to reflect on things that happened to them in the past year — good and bad.

Among them was actress Lauren London, who experienced the loss of her longtime boyfriend, Grammy-nominated artist and community activist Nipsey Hussle.

In a message posted to Instagram, London spoke about how much her life has changed since Hussle’s death and what she’s looking forward to in the future.

Nipsey Hussle and Lauren London at an event
Nipsey Hussle and Lauren London at an event | Photo by Gregg DeGuire | Getty Images North America

A quick recap of Lauren London and Nipsey Hussle’s relationship

London and Hussle (whose real name was Ermias Asghedom) first connected on social media after the ATL actress reached out to purchase a few copies of the rapper’s Crenshaw mixtape, which came out in 2013. After she received the copies, they started following each other on social media and later made plans to meet up.

“We met because I wanted to pick up a box of clothes he offered me after I bought a couple [copies of] Crenshaw,” London told GQ in an interview published on Dec. 2. “I pulled up to his shop on Crenshaw and Slauson, and he was like, ‘You want to hang out?’”

London told the outlet that she and Hussle drove around their native Los Angeles, eating food and spending time with mutual friends. After that, they were practically inseparable. Hussle and London moved into together and had a son, Kross, in 2016. They dated up until Hussle’s untimely death.

Nipsey Hussle dies tragically

On March 31, 2019, Hussle was shot multiple times outside of his store, The Marathon Clothing. Reports say that the Victory Lap artist had gone to the shop to hand out some gear to an old friend who had just gotten out of prison but left in such a hurry that he did not alert security. It would prove to be a huge mistake.

As Hussle stood in the parking lot with a couple of friends, a man approached and fired, killing him and injuring two others. The man was quickly apprehended and is awaiting trial, at the time of this writing.

Hussle’s death was widely mourned in the celebrity world. Barack Obama, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Beyoncé were among those who paid tribute to the “Dedication” rapper, who was just 33.

Lauren London reflects on 2019

Looking back on the past year, London wrote on Instagram that 2019 “changed the rest of [her] life.”

“My existence shifted,” she explained. “Half of me is in Heaven and the other half is here to pick up and continue.” 

“Things will never be the same. But everyday I still wake up and Pray Lord, Use Me,” she continued. “Long Live Ermias.”

London ended the post with a photo of her and Hussle ringing in 2019 together. As of writing, the photo is still available on her Instagram Story.

Although Hussle is no longer here, London has made it her mission to continue his work. In December, she launched a campaign with Puma — a brand Hussle had often supported and collaborated with — that paid tribute to the artist.

“There is nothing to hide here. No way to pretend. We relate, we disagree, we disengage,” she says in the clip, reciting a poem written by Hussle’s sister, Samantha Smith. “Pain is the light. Pain is insight. The body hurts but the spirit grows. The flesh is starving while wisdom overflows. I got a question only Lord knows: does life birth us twice?”

May 2020 bring her lots of love and healing.

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