In the wake of heartbreak, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o has found that old friendships are keeping her afloat.
Nyong’o shared a sweet ode to pal Palmer Hefferan in an Instagram post on Thursday, writing about how her friend, whom she met when they were roommates at the Yale School of Drama, “is the kind of friend that I can count on through thick and very thin. We don’t have to talk every day, but when we do, we pick up exactly where we left off, like no time at all has passed.”
Nyong’o recently went through a breakup after being linked to TV host and journalist Selema Masekela for about a year. In late October, she wrote on her Instagram that she was “in a season of heartbreak because of a love suddenly and devastatingly extinguished by deception.”
She said that Hefferan, a Tony-nominated sound designer, rushed to her side when Nyong’o was at a low point amid the split.
“Recently, when my life was turned upside-down from heartbreak, Palmer flew in swiftly to be by my side and help me through the hardest days as I adjusted to my new reality,” Nyong’o wrote alongside a carousel of photos of herself and Hefferan. “She made me delicious meals, she found me therapeutic activities to get my mind off things, she cried with me and made me laugh until I cried a more joyful kind of tear. She did not tire of being of service to me.”
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Nyong’o recalled Halloweens past, when Hefferan would make sure she had a costume for them to go out and have fun, and said that “the biggest gift she bestowed on my life was helping me get my first pet, Yoyo. Now every time I look at him and cuddle with him, I am reminded of the selfless love my sister from another mister showed me.”
“I will never be able to pay her back for the kindness she has shown me, and the beauty of the friendship is that it is never about evening the score!” Nyong’o wrote. “But I have every intention to try.”