While Naya Rivera's career was a priority, family and motherhood topped all.
"You could tell she loved being a mom," a source close to Rivera, whose body was found Monday after a five-day search on Lake Piru in California, tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "She was always so sweet."
"Back in the day, her life was all about her career," says another source close to Rivera during her time on Glee. "It was all about acting, singing, using her platform for equal rights, empowerment and anti-bullying."
"But her priorities shifted. She was working less not because she didn't want to work, but because her son came first," the latter insider shares.
Glee Star Naya Rivera Dead at 33 After Disappearing on Boating Trip with 4-Year-Old Son
During the news conference, Ayub expressed his condolences to Rivera's loved ones during this heartbreaking time.
"As you can imagine, it has been an extremely difficult time for her family throughout this ordeal. As fathers, mothers, sons and daughters, our hearts are with them and we share in their grief for Naya's loss," he said. "We have been in direct contact with the family throughout this entire time, and we've kept them updated on the progress of our search efforts throughout."
"Our hearts also go out to Naya's many friends and fans, who have been holding out hope for the best over the last few days," Ayub added.
For more on Naya Rivera, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
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