The “It” Couple
Michael B. Jordan and Lori Harvey had been the “it” couple when they spent over a year together while dating.
However, there was more to their relationship than what could be seen on the surface—no one expected to hear the news that they had broken up. The two have shared that they have indeed broken up, but there is still speculation as to why.
A Successful Life
Jordan found success not only in his career but in his personal life too. Time Magazine pronounced him one of the most influential people, and in 2020, People dubbed him the sexiest man alive.
There were movies about some of the iconic comic book characters in which he starred. As impressive as the roles were, they were no escape from the human experience. Almost everyone has experienced a breakup, and he was no exception.
A Big Impact
He played the role of Killmonger in the blockbuster MCU movie Black Panther. The first time Jordan entered this type of genre, he starred as Johnny Storm, who was the Human Torch in the new Fantastic Four movie. This was the first instance of a black portrayal of the character.
It wasn’t long before Marvel realized how big of an impact Jordan had made in the motion pictures. However, this was just the beginning for the actor.
Working His Way To The Top
There was more to add to Jordan’s list of successes. Not only was he named one of the greatest actors of the 21st century by the New York Times, but after he helped produce the film Fahrenheit 451, a dystopian drama, he was awarded an Emmy.
He was also the lead actor in the Creed movies, and his performance would make Sylvester Stallone, who had also starred in the Rocky franchise, proud.
What About Behind The Scenes?
There is another upcoming Creed movie called Creed III which Jordan in which he will make his directional debut. He is also set to star in the upcoming Black Panther sequel.
The 35-year-old was steadily accumulating professional success, wealth, and fame. But something else was to be said about his personal life. Was he truly as happy as many believed?
Talented In Her Own Right
Lori Harvey had worked just as hard to make her way to the top. The one and only Steve Harvey adopted the talented 25-year-old. Despite her father’s reputation, she had only herself to thank for how far she had come.
It was no surprise when the two young and talented characters found one another, and it was wonderful to see how well they got along. But things weren’t as bright and dandy as they seemed.
Change In Career
Lori had wanted to pave her way in a professional equestrian career, but that changed when she got injured. But Lori proved to herself and others that she was capable of much more.
Lori made the best of her life after her injury and found a career in modeling. The 25-year-old had never expected to find success in the new direction she chose.
Finding Her Own Success
It wasn’t long before prestigious agencies from USA and Europe surrounded the model. She had been signed by some of the most iconic design houses like Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino.
There was a lot more coming her way. Not only does Lori Harvey have beauty on her side, but she also has a solid entrepreneurial side regarding her business intellect.
Launching Her Brand
Harvey proved her entrepreneurial success when she launched her own skincare brand, SKN. She has taken part in multiple interviews explaining the purpose behind the brand.
She explained that she had trouble with her own skin, and she sought to help other women who faced the same problems. This is what she said:
In An Interview
“There aren’t many products out there for what I have,” Harvey said while on an interview for Vogue. “I have rosacea, and modeling means I have so much makeup on my face daily.”
“It’s a lot for my skin to process and at one point I had to use what felt lime twenty different products on my face to help my skin. But the more I did it, the more I realized there had to be a way to make this simpler,” she said.
Her success and background naturally provided her opportunities to befriend and hang out with many celebrities; this is how she met Micheal B. Jordan.
From the first moment, sparks flew from both sides, and every time they were seen in public, the pair seemed absolutely enamored with each other. Who could have predicted that it would end up like this? In order to understand why one must take into consideration how things started between the two.
Micheal And Lori
The couple reputedly met through common friends. “We met actually a few years ago,” Harvey said. “We had some mutual friends. I think we met out, just in passing. I was like, ‘He’s cute!'” she recalls her first impression.
That was years before 2021 when Harvey gave the interview where she mentioned that first encounter. But it wasn’t until November 2020 that the couple began dating.
They Were Seen At An Airport
Soon enough, the public could see the new couple traveling and vacationing together. In November 2020, the two of them were seen at an airport in Harvey’s hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, just before Thanksgiving.
That was their first public appearance together and probably one of the early stages of their relationship. No one could have predicted what would happen eventually.
“New Year, New Things”
About a month later, Jordan and Harvey were photographed in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the end of December. The couple didn’t post pictures together, but they shared snaps of their surroundings separately.
And that wasn’t all: Jordan even posted a picture with a caption that quite possibly had a double meaning, writing, “New year, new things.”
Making It Official
Shortly after, on January 10, 2022, the couple made their relationship official. They both posted a picture with each other on their Instagram pages.
However, back then, they had the intention of keeping their relationship largely private and away from the media. This leads us to one question: why was that? Did they have something to hide?
Staying Out Of The Public Eye
“There’s a premeditated planning of staying out of the way, of the public eye, that sometimes kills spontaneity and intimacy,” Jordan told the media.
“I wanted to take that away and give this the best chance it had, in this weird world that we live in, to be somewhat normal,” the famous actor added. But he said something else that was hard to forget.
The Right Time
“Long story short, I think it’s just the timing of everything. It was the right time for me. Yeah. I’m happy,” the star concluded. Or at least he was happy by the time he gave the interview. However, nothing good lasts forever.
Fans who have followed the couple’s year-and-a-half relationship might be forgiven for thinking they were solid as a rock. This was why news of their split was a complete surprise to many.
Michael and Lori are like the poster children for social media, not telling the entire story. The couple’s Instagram accounts were known for their sweet posts together.
Fans seemingly had no idea that things weren’t as rosy as they seemed. Then again, perhaps they can be forgiven for this. After all, social media accounts being used to only emphasize the good parts of people’s lives is kind of a trend.
Of course, when you’re part of a celebrity couple, rumors and gossip are bound to follow your every move. Early on, once news broke of the couple’s split, both were reported to be “heartbroken” over it and still loved each other.
These rumors hinted at a story of a love doomed by external circumstances. But was that true? What could those circumstances be?
Who’s Fault Was It?
The rumor mill didn’t disappoint in the aftermath. There were soon claims and speculation over why the couple split and who was to blame.
Most rumors indicated that Steve Harvey, Lori’s dad, had a part to play in it. But how was that? Did he personally get involved in Michael and Lori’s relationship? How strong was his disapproval?
Steve And Michael
Having a daughter can be stressful for any father as they’re forced to watch their little girl grow up. When your daughter is a gorgeous model, and her partner is a famous actor, that can be a hard scene for a certain type of father to witness.
And that’s the crux of the matter; some people have hinted that Steve Harvey may have been precisely that type of father.
While Steve Harvey is known as a loving father, he’s also been known for his comically hostile stand-up. In fact, Steve does sometimes appear to be somewhat authoritarian.
This led to speculation that he never liked Michael B. Jordan for his daughter. But is it true? And what’s most important: what type of reasons could there be for that?
Steve Harvey has publicly commented that he tried hard not to like Jordan but couldn’t help himself. According to Harvey, Jordan is a “good guy”, and famously once said on his talk show, “I like this one,” when Lori and Michael first began dating.
It, therefore, seems that there is no substance to rumors that Steve never liked Michael B. Jordan. However, can the same be said for Lori’s mom?
Majorie Harvey, unlike Steve, has been a little more cryptic after the couple’s split. Some have hinted that she may have been the main person in Lori’s circle to oppose her relationship with Michael.
Less than two days after the news was announced, Lori’s mom posted comments on social media that seemed to throw some shade in Jordan’s direction.
“It Stops Smelling”
She basically said that if a person stayed around something smelly long enough, “it stops smelling”. That was her response when she was asked for her opinion about Lori and Michael’s breakup.
While many have speculated that these words are digs at Jordan, no one really knows why. So what do we know about why the couple split?
Sad If True
Celebrities lives are always mired in constant speculation and gossip regarding their personal lives. According to a “source” close to the pair, the reason is actually sad in a way.
Michael is ten years older than Lori, who is still in her mid-twenties. This type of age difference might be the source of problems with any couple, but it can become even more significant when it comes to celeb couples with busy lives and schedules.
It seems the couple is simply in different stages of their careers and lives. Sadly, while Michael wants to settle down and “commit”, Lori wants to focus on her career more at this stage and just isn’t ready.
This is something that happens to a lot of couples with this kind of age difference. Rumors have hinted that it was the same reason behind Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson’s breakup.
If The Shoe Fits
If the above source is correct, it does fit in with the fact that both are “heartbroken” and “still in love”. It also means a sad end to a relationship that did seem to be perfect, at least on the surface.
Whatever the truth or the future holds, many fans probably hope the pair will reunite one day. After all, as far as celebrity couples go, it’s been quite a roller coaster of a year.
Trouble In Paradise
Given the much-publicized troubles between couples like Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, other couples like Michael and Lori seemed like a breath of fresh air in comparison. 3
It may be too early to tell, but make-ups in the world of celebrity couples are just as common as break-ups. One thing is for sure, fans who follow their every move will be there through each high and low.
To The Future
Michael and Lori are taking the split badly but are reportedly both mature about it too. The age difference is likely responsible as Jordan is far more advanced in his career and life experience, so it’s doubtful that anyone will begrudge Lori the same.
Only the future will tell if this once cute couple will find a way to rekindle or go on to different chapters in their lives.
In order to protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events or places or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.