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Rumors are running rampant that Michael B. Jordan paid Atlanta socialite Lori Harvey for discrete beard services.

These rumors have cropped up about Lori before. Lori's beard services are legendary. The 24-year-old has a history of briefly dating effeminate rappers, music moguls, and pro athletes.

Rumors have plagued Jordan for his entire career. Then there's this from a young man on TikTok:

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Internet sleuths claim the paparazzi is paid to leak photos of Jordan, 33, and Lori to the Instagram blogs to improve his public image -- particularly among Black women who despise him for certain comments he made back in the day.

The sleuths also point to Jordan's body language in the photos as proof that he is not that into her.

They're saying the couple is going overboard with all the trips, vacation photos and public displays of affection. It all looks absolutely staged, they say.

But, according to the actor's rep, there is no deception or beard services: just a young couple that is really in love.

The rep told HollywoodLife that the paparazzi pictures do seem a bit excessive, but "Love is in the air."

"No one should anticipate an engagement between Lori and Michael this year, although it would not be a bad thing. But, they are enjoying being a couple, traveling and celebrating birthdays together. Things are really positive between them both and they have a really deep connection. They both respect each other’s work ethic as well. Michael would like more privacy and will not be talking about his relationship much or at all, but to say it’s going well would be a drastic understatement. Love is definitely in the air for them both."

Michael B. Jordan and Lori Harvey made their unlikely relationship official on Instagram over the weekend.

The "Black Panther" star shared a series of professional photographs with Lori on the social media app over the weekend. Michael, 33, captioned the post with a black love heart and exclamation marks, seemingly confirming he is heterosexual.

Lori, 23, also took to her own IG profile to post a series of polaroids from the same shoot of the pair looking loved-up in front of a Christmas tree.

Romance rumors were swirling around the couple during the Thanksgiving break, when they were seen together in Lori's native Atlanta.

The day before New Year's Eve, they were spotted stepping off a private jet together in Salt Lake City, Utah, where they reportedly rang in 2021 together in the wintery ski resort.

Lori - who was adopted by radio and TV host Steve Harvey after he married her model mother Marjorie - has previously been romantically linked to entertainment mogul Sean Combs, his son Justin Combs, rapper Future and singer Trey Songz. She was also engaged to Dutch footballer Memphis Depay in 2017.

After being named their Sexiest Man Alive last year, Michael told People magazine of the attributes he was looking for in a girlfriend.

"A sense of humor, true understanding - because (an actor's) life is not conducive to a relationship, it’s really not," he told the publication.

The actor continued, "Somebody that's nurturing .... That's probably why my a*s is still single, but yeah, it's a list."

The "Just Mercy" actor has previously been linked to Swedish singer Snoh Aalegra, model Cindy Bruna and actress Kiki Layne.

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Future Hendrix gifted his new girlfriend with a pair of diamond earrings after his ex-girlfriend Lori Harvey was spotted in Atlanta with Michael B. Jordan.

Future, who has 4-5 children with as many women, is dating Dess Dior this month. The rapper, who goes through women like a box of Kleenex, took to his Instagram stories to show off the new gems he bought Dior.

But enough about them. What's the story with industry trampoline Lori and People's Sexiest Man Alive, Michael?

First of all, no one believes they are a genuine couple. Even if a sex tape leaked, no one would believe it.

Lori has a colorful dating history that includes more than one high-profile down low celebrity. And Michael's dating history is a mystery.

Which leads some to believe that Lori is getting paid to be Michael's high-dollar beard.

It isn't difficult to believe Lori is pretending to date men who want their bedroom secrets to remain just that - a secret. But is she hustling backwards?

Lori is still young (23), so she has another decade or so before her looks start to fade and she loses her value as professional beard to some of entertainment's elite down low males.

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Actor Michael B. Jordan is People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive 2020. The magazine made the announcement late Tuesday.

"It's a cool feeling," Jordan says. "You know, everybody always made that joke, like, 'Mike, this is the one thing you're probably not going to get'. But it's a good club to be a part of."

The 33-year-old Creed and Black Panther star succeeds singer/songwriter John Legend, who recently declared former GOT star Jason Momoa as his choice for the 2020 title.

Jordan gained worldwide fame as Erik Killmonger in Marvel's Black Panther, which grossed over $1 billion at the box office in 2018.

His other notable roles include Fruitvale Station, Chronicle, That Awkward Moment, Fahrenheit 451, Fantastic Four, Just Mercy, and HBO's The Wire.

He also played Reggie Porter Montgomery on the TV soap opera All My Children from 2003 to 2006.

Jordan, who is rumored to be bisexual, shares a home with his parents (who are both separated).
 

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Megan Thee Stallion isn't the first woman to shoot her shot at rumored LGBT actor Michael B. Jordan.

There are numerous reports of the Black Panther star making moves on other men -- including his personal assistant who claims Jordan had a habit of parading naked around him at home.

Apparently, Megan hasn't gotten the memo or she just doesn't care.

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According to Urban Islandz, the rapper dropped a "Savage" freestyle in which she shoots her shot at the hunky actor.

"I'ma hot girl, I don't do titles/If I do date, it'll be Michael," the 25-year-old Aquarius raps.

Fans immediately speculated she was referring to the actor since the king of pop and the NBA icon are both unavailable.

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Megan and Michael have met at least twice this year. They were spotted sitting together in the front row at two different Coach 1941 fashion shows in February.

His body language in both photos says there's nothing to see here.

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Michael has never been linked to a woman or even remotely resembling a relationship with a woman. In fact, the 33-year-old Aquarius still lives at home with his mom.

An anonymous Instagram user posted a comment under one of Michael's photos:

"I've given you two years of my life, Michael, two years! You will never find someone who's going to love you like I did."

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The actor addressed the rumors in a comment of his own, "today I got time. So look, whoever's angry, bitter, upset for whatever reason, grow the f*ck up 'cause karma's real."

He continued: "I usually take the high road. I usually don't say sh*t, I just let it roll [off] because people are going to be people. Y'all my fans. Y'all don't need to hear me ranting about some B.S. Enjoy your family, enjoy your blessings, enjoy the people you hold close and cherish that."

Question: Do you think Megan can turn Michael out?