On Sunday, five months after Rivera’s body was found following her disappearance during a boating trip with her son, Lovato shared a touching tribute to the late actress on her Instagram Story.
The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer, 28, shared a video of the gleaming sun from her hike, which she captioned “Miss You [Naya Rivera].” Playing in the background of the clip was The Beatles’ “Here Comes The Sun,” referencing the Glee scene where the duo’s characters first bonded.
In the fifth season of the popular musical drama series, Lovato and Rivera’s characters (Dani and Santana Lopez, respectively) fall in love after singing “Here Comes The Sun” together during one of their shifts at a diner.
On July 13, Rivera’s body was found in Lake Piru in Ventura County, California — five days after she disappeared during a boat excursion with her 5-year-old son Josey, who she shared with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey.
The star’s cause of death was ruled as drowning and the manner of death was determined to be an accident. She was laid to rest on July 24, at age 33.
One day after Rivera was found, Lovato looked back on her time as a guest star on Glee, sharing that she will “forever cherish” her role as Rivera’s girlfriend on the hit FOX television series.
“RIP Naya Rivera. I’ll forever cherish the opportunity to play your girlfriend on Glee,” Lovato wrote on Instagram alongside a series of photos from their time together on the show. “The character you played was groundbreaking for tons of closeted queer girls (like me at the time) and open queer girls, and your ambition and accomplishments were inspiring to Latina women all over the world.”
“My heart goes out to your loved ones at this time.. ❤️🕊,” she finished her caption.
Earlier this month, a source told PEOPLE that Dorsey is “doing okay” in the months following the death of his ex while raising their little boy. “Ryan is very much about keeping Naya’s memory alive. He often tells Josey, ‘Mommy would have liked that,’ ” the source said.
The insider added that Dorsey and Josey often “look at pictures together and Ryan reminds Josey about all the fun that he had with his mom.”
“Ryan is very focused on being the best dad,” said the source. “He is doing a great job.”