TORONTO — Lupita Nyong’o had her brother at her side when she won the Best Supporting Actress award at the Academy Awards on March 2, but she celebrated with Canadian rapper K’naan.
The pair was photographed making the rounds in L.A. after the Oscars, sparking rumours of a romance.
As she arrived for a post-Oscars talk show appearance, K’naan was spotted holding her golden statuette.
The 31-year-old Mexican-born actress made her feature film debut in 12 Years a Slave and currently appears in the thriller Non-Stop. She previously worked as a production assistant on movies like 2005’s The Constant Gardener.
Nyong’o, who has remained tight-lipped about her private life, has also been linked by tabloids to Best Supporting Actor winner Jared Leto.
Last year, K’naan moved to New York City, where Nyong’o lives. He is currently in Los Angeles working on a movie about Somalia.
The 36-year-old has not commented on a possible relationship with Nyong’o but mentioned her in an Instagram post last month.
Born Keinan Abdi Warsame in Somalia, K’naan came to Toronto as a teenager.
He has released five full-length albums and earned five Juno Awards.
K’naan’s breakthrough song, “Wavin’ Flag” — co-written by Bruno Mars — was chosen as Coca-Cola’s anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and was re-recorded by a group of Canadian musicians to raise funds for victims of the Haiti eathquake.
His most recent single is “Hurt Me Tomorrow.”
K’naan was previously married and is the father of two sons.