MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - MARCH 02: Nia Long at the world premiere of "The Banker" at the National Civil Rights Museum on March 02, 2020 in Memphis, Tennessee. "The Banker" opens in select theaters on March 6, before premiering on Apple TV+ on March 20. (Photo by Greg Campbell/Getty Images for AppleTV+)

Nia Long has released a statement regarding her fiancé Ime Udoka being exposed for having an affair with a co-worker.

“The outpouring of love and support from family, friends and the community during this difficult time means so much to me,” she said to TMZ. “I ask that my privacy be respected as I process the recent events. Above all, I am a mother and will continue to focus on my children.”

Long was reportedly “blindsided” by the news that Udoka, whose the coach for the Boston Celtics, had been having an affair with a staff member. The Celtics team knew about his affair “months ago,” TMZ said on Twitter. Even though he was having an affair, a source close to the team and the couple said Long just moved to Boston two weeks ago and the couple was searching for a new home.

Due to his improper conduct, Udoka has been suspended by the Celtics.

“The Boston Celtics announced today that the team has suspended Head Coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season for violations of team policies,” read their statement. “A decision about his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date. The suspension takes effect immediately.”

MIAMI, FLORIDA – MAY 29: Head Coach Ime Udoka of the Boston Celtics points against the Miami Heat during the second quarter in Game Seven of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals at FTX Arena on May 29, 2022 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Udoka also released a brief statement regarding this scandal.

“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down. I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment.”

Long and Udoka met in 2010 through a mutual friend. She became pregnant with their son, Kez Sunday Udoka, in 2011. They got engaged in 2015. Even though they were engaged, the Best Man Holiday star wasn’t in a rush to walk down the aisle.

“I understand the religious aspect of marriage. That is beautiful and it’s fantastical and it’s dreamy and it’s every girl’s fantasy to have that moment. But I don’t know that I need that,” she told Essence in 2020.