Laverne Cox and Boyfriend Break Up After "Much Soul Searching and Tears"

Orange Is the New Black star wants a split "that honors and respects" the quality of their relationship

By Mike Vulpo Jun 25, 2019 5:48 PMTags
Laverne Cox, Kyle DraperAndrew Toth/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly

Laverne Cox and her boyfriend have decided to go their separate ways.

On Tuesday morning, the Orange Is the New Black star and Kyle Draper announced their breakup in a joint statement through social media.

"@thekyledraper and I have broken up. After much soul searching and tears from both of us, we have decided it's time for us to go our separate ways. We decided we should make a public statement since our relationship was public in ways neither of us anticipated," Laverne shared with her followers. "This is that public statement. We know our relationship meant so much to so many people, especially trans folks, giving them hope that this kind of love is possible for them as well.  That hope, the hope for love has not waned for me in the face of this breakup but rather is fortified."

She continued, "Knowing that we are both capable of giving and receiving love with this level of kindness, respect, trust, affection, depth, and intensity has been so healing and life affirming for us both. I am so grateful we were open to love and for every moment we had together."

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The couple, who dated for nearly two years, would often document their love story on social media.


And earlier this month, the duo would chronicle a romantic night out with their followers. "#datenight ... #TransIsBeautiful," Laverne wrote online

Despite busy schedules—Laverne is a Hollywood actress and Kyle is the CEO of the record label Mateo Sound—the couple had plenty of happy memories together. As for how they met, credit has to go to Tinder.

"We have both grown in innumerable ways as a result. Now it's just time to move on separately," Laverne shared in her statement. "We both want a breakup that honors and respects the quality of our relationship and the love we shared. It's possible."

As for Kyle's perspective, he shared the same words on social media with an extra personal note.

"@lavernecox and I have broken up, and she wrote the most beautiful statement that sums up our feelings perfectly," he wrote.

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