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‘Glee’ star Amber Riley says search for Naya Rivera is ‘very real and devastating’

Amber Riley broke her silence on the matter after backlash from fans

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Chris Colfer, left, and Amber Riley, are shown in a scene from “Glee” on Fox.

Chris Colfer, left, and Amber Riley, are shown in a scene from “Glee.”

Carin Baer, Associated Press

Former “Glee” star Amber Riley has responded to fans who criticized her about remaining silent on missing co-star Naya Rivera, who disappeared last week in California and is presumed dead.

What’s happening:

Rileyaddressed fans in a tweet Sunday about her silence on what’s happening with Rivera.

She said: “Show some respect. All our energy is going toward helping find Naya and praying for her safe return and for her family. No one owes anyone online a performance of grief. This is very real and devastating. Focus on Naya and her family. Not us. We don’t matter right now.”

Her second tweet read: “#helpfindnaya #NayaRivera #nayariveramissing”

Context:

  • Rivera went missing last Wednesday at Lake Piru in California, as I wrote about for the Deseret News. A boater reportedly found her son alone on a boat. The son said his mother went swimming in the lake but she never returned to the boat.

Other ‘Glee’ stars react:

Fellow“Glee” co-stars have shared their thoughts and prayers about the loss of Rivera, hoping authorities find her, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.