Naya Rivera’s dad has alleged that his late daughter and her fellow “Glee” star Lea Michele “hated one another” — regardless of Naya beforehand stating that wasn’t the case.
More than two years after Naya unintentionally drowned at 33 whereas saving her younger son Josey, her father, George Rivera, took half in Investigation Discovery’s documentary “The Price of Glee.”
The three-part collection, which dropped Monday, unpacks the calls for of being on the hit TV collection, which aired from 2009 to 2015 on Fox, and darkish behind-the-scenes drama.
“There was all the time a struggle between them. Always. Everybody knew. Everybody noticed it,” George stated of the alleged dynamic between Naya and Michele.
“They hated one another however, on the similar time, revered one another’s expertise,” he claimed.
Naya wrote about her relationship with Michele in her 2016 memoir, “Sorry Not Sorry.”
“I don’t hate Lea, and I by no means have,” she said emphatically.
“We are each strong-willed and aggressive — and that’s not an excellent combination,” she defined. “When two folks with sturdy personalities are buddies, they’re finally going to conflict. And perhaps they’ll recover from it; perhaps they gained’t. Lea and I didn’t.”
Rivera additionally added that the present “Funny Girl” star “didn’t like sharing the highlight” with others.
“She had a tough time separating work from our outdoors friendship,” she wrote on the time. “Lea was much more delicate, although, and it appeared like she blamed me for something and every little thing that went fallacious,” she went on. “If I’d complained about anybody or something, she assumed I used to be bitching about her. Soon she began to disregard me, and finally it received to the purpose the place she didn’t say a phrase to me for all of Season 6.”
Still, Rivera added that whereas she wished the duo had a greater relationship, “rumors of a ‘feud’ had been blown out of proportion.” She was additionally removed from the one forged member to have complaints about Michele’s on-set habits over time.
Elsewhere in “The Price of Glee,” George recalled the final dialog he had together with his daughter earlier than her loss of life was about being cautious whereas out on the water.
“I get a sinking feeling ’trigger we’ve been boating without end,” he remembered. “I used to be FaceTiming together with her making an attempt to speak her by, form of the pitfalls of making an attempt to anchor your boat. First of all, I stated, ‘Naya, you’re on a pontoon boat, that’s not a ship … Why are you on a pontoon boat?’
“I stated, ‘Do not bounce off that effin’ boat. If you’ve received an anchor, you’ll be able to anchor it, however … have you learnt learn how to anchor it?” he recalled telling her. “We went by a pair iterations like that after which the FaceTime name hung up and that was the final time I talked to her.”
George — who was in Knoxville, Tennessee, on the time — added that he knew “it was over with” when authorities known as him to elucidate that Naya was not discovered with the boat or his secure, sleeping grandchild.
“You don’t discover a drifting, 5-year-old youngster asleep on a ship on the finish of a lake with out his mom and have any hope,” he stated. “I had no hope.”
Naya’s physique was discovered 5 days later in an space of Lake Piru in California near the place she and Josey had taken a ship experience.