Lauren London hailed Nipsey Hussle ‘the love of my life’ in a heartfelt speech at the late rapper’s memorial service on Thursday.

The ATL actress appeared on-stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles where Nipsey’s memorial service was held, nearly two weeks after he was shot and killed at the age of 33.

Speaking to the 20,000-strong audience, Lauren said: ‘Ermias I want you to know that I feel real joy in my heart when I’m around you… I’m totally myself when I’m with you.

‘My pain is for my two-year-old who probably won’t remember how much his dad loved him… Ermias said you can’t possess people, you can only experience them. And I’m so grateful I got to experience such a man.

‘His soul was majestic. He was the strongest man that I ever knew. A gentle father, a patient leader, a divine light.’

Sharing fond memories of Nipsey, real name Ermias Asghedom, Lauren continued: ‘He would listen to audiobooks at night and I would tease him… but I thought that was the coolest s**t ever.’

She added: ‘You’ve made me into more of a woman. You have encouraged me and inspired me to reach higher.

See Lauren London’s full speech below: