You may have heard that actor Michael B. Jordan and skincare enthusiast Lori Harvey are no longer in a relationship. The couple, who have been together for a year and a half, announced their split in an exclusive for persons via a “source” (most likely a publicist) over the weekend. And as of yesterday, Harvey deleted all evidence of it Believe star from her Instagram. Of course, Harvey’s stepfather Steve Harvey also got involved.
The internet has made quite a meal out of this news over the past few days. While persons The article didn’t reveal who initiated the split, the immediate assumption on social media was that Jordan had done something stupid (i.e. cheated) and Harvey was quick to drop his ass. It didn’t help that the Chase Center’s official Twitter account posted a video of the 35-year-old actor, who sat courtside at an NBA Finals game on Sunday, where he appeared, well, not happy.
Now thanks to someone else persons Exclusively, we learn that Harvey reportedly called off the relationship after realizing she and Jordan weren’t “on the same page” while the couple were “making plans for the future.” Whether it was Jordan’s or Harvey’s rep who leaked this information to the press after several days of press Black Panther Star is mocked on social media and called a scumbag, you can decide. Separately, the revelation that Harvey, a 25-year-old woman, didn’t want to settle down with her boyfriend, 35, sparked a burst of sympathy for Jordan on social media, you guessed it, a bunch of men.
Well, for the most part. A Twitter account apparently run by a woman was created yesterday threadOffering men a “safe space” and asking them to “share some time together [they] went public after a breakup” and “was fighting back tears the whole time” — apparently in response to the clip of Jordan playing the basketball game. The prompt received thousands of replies, as men mostly shared that they had to go to work or a family celebration the day after the heartbreak, as if it were a novel experience that only happens to men.
Some of the stories were actually quite funny. But that was far from the end of a group of random men who made an influencer’s decision to leave her boyfriend over herself, framing it as a cautionary tale about women as autonomous creatures.
“But that was far from the end of a group of random men who made an influencer’s decision to leave her boyfriend over herself, framing it as a cautionary tale about women as autonomous creatures.”
In a quote tweet following a video Jordan filmed of a lavish aquarium date he had planned for Harvey last Valentine’s Day, one Twitter user put it on dramatically wrote“Guys, Lori Harvey should teach you a lesson, if she wants to stay, she will stay. If she doesn’t, it doesn’t matter if you donate all your organs and drain your blood for her, she will leave you for lack of organs and blood. Don’t break your back, don’t sweat.”
Amidst a series of condemning remarks, a Twitter user made a similar statement implies that the Black Panther Actor “Move[d] Mountains” for Harvey. Other joked that Jordan “didn’t know” that Harvey “was already married to the game.” Someone even invoked reincarnation to explain Harvey’s newfound singleness, tweet“Lori Harvey must have come into this world to take revenge on all the men who wronged her in her past life. That’s it. That is [the] tweet.”
The online characterization of Harvey as a gold digger (as if the Harvey Family Trust were short on cash) or, at best, a professional girlfriend isn’t new. When the SKN founder first burst into the spotlight in 2017, she was engaged to Dutch soccer player Memphis Depay, whom she split in 2018. Since then Harvey has either dated high profile men or been spotted on apparent dates such as Diddy’s eldest son Justin Combs, eventually Diddy, Trey Songz and Future. The fact that Harvey has been linked to multiple men and doesn’t dress like a nun — despite being the stepdaughter of a man known to dish out conservative dating advice to women — has viewers on social media confusing, mostly sexist reasons unsettled .
In that way, the internet has been oddly overbearing when it comes to Harvey and her motivations for dating other famous people, something she’s been quiet about until recently. Even the women who hail her “hustle” and project a feminist perspective on her romantic life inadvertently make a spectacle of a 25-year-old whose refusal to tie herself up seems sane, and most importantly, normal.
It can be said that Twitter is passing off Jordan as a sad Ben Affleck 2.0 or speculating on his role in their decoupling, another example of the public pushing their limits with people they don’t know, although he will never experience the burden, being a slut – feeling embarrassed or slandered by people for not settling down with a woman as he nears his 40s.
Oddly enough, despite all the annoying reactions online, it’s an achievement that Jordan and Harvey managed to get the public emotionally invested in their breakup after their relationship was initially written off as a publicity stunt. And I’m sure as a celebrity living off attention financially, the reaction is somewhat affirmative. For once, let’s not joke about the love life of a 25-year-old woman.