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Michael B. Jordan addressed speculation that his relationship with socialite Lori Harvey is a business transaction.

Rumors ran rampant that the hunky actor retained Lori's professional beard services to promote his public image as a heterosexual leading man.

But leaked photos of the couple on vacation just weren't convincing enough for many skeptics on social media.

Urban Dictionary defines a professional beard as: "Any opposite sex escort taken to an event in an effort to give a homosexual person the apperance of being out on a date with a person of the opposite sex."

Men's Health magazine linked up with the 34-year-old actor in St. Barts where he posed for celebrity photographer Leonardo Volcy for an April 2021 cover story.

Jordan expressed his anger and frustration at the scurrilous gossip that he and Lori are just business associates.

"People are always going to have their opinions about me," he said.

"People can make up something completely false that has no f**king substance or anything, and there's going to be 100,000 people that are going to believe it, and that's going to be their opinion of me. I can't do anything about that, and I've just got to accept that and keep moving in my purpose."

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Jordan added:

"People that know me know my heart. But people that know me for my work know what I allow them to know. The fact that I’ve been so closed off about a lot of parts of my life was a personal choice. As I’ve gotten older and a little more mature and comfortable in my own skin, I’ve become less concerned about it."

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Lori Harvey was spotted shopping in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. The Atlanta socialite wore a dramatic floor length white fur coat, a denim outfit and white pointy toe heels. Later, she was seen wearing camouflage hoodie with matching jogging pants, which she accessorized with a black Chanel bag and Prada boots.
 

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They say you can tell how big a man's ego is by his shoe size -- or the size of his backpack. Houston Rockets star PJ Tucker rocked a ginormous custom Louis Vuitton backpack that retails for $10,000. The 35-year-old, 6-foot-5 power forward was seen leaving his hotel in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

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Lori Harvey was pictured leaving jewelry store XIV Karats in Beverly Hills, where she presumably picked out an engagement ring.

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Lori was spotted wearing black joggers, a grey jersey top, sneakers and a Prada bucket hat with a KN95 face mask as she headed to her Lamborghini.

Bloggers remarked how much weight Lori has packed on lately. The Atlanta socialite's weight gain prompted speculation that she must be pregnant by Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan.

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Later that night, the stepdaughter of comedian and radio host Steve Harvey, was spotted dining out with her mom, Marjorie Harvey, and other family members in Malibu, California.

Mother and daughter wore all black designer outfits with matching designer boots.

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Michael B. Jordan is over the rumors and innuendoes surrounding his contract relationship with professional beard Lori Harvey.

The 33-year-old 'Black Panther' star, who is normally private, has been seen everywhere with Lori, 24.

The plethora of vacation photos prompted speculation that the photos are staged to improve Michael's reputation as a heterosexual leading man.

The couple was seen jet skiing in St. Barts where they celebrated Lori's birthday. And they spent the New Year together in Aspen, Colorado.

A source exclusively tells HollywoodLife why Michael has been so open with his relationship with Lori all of a sudden.

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"Michael is definitely crushing hard on Lori and is loving all the time and special moments they’ve been sharing together," the source says, "but at the same time, he's always been private about his personal life and so it was a big deal for him to publicly share how he felt about Lori on social media."

But fans are not convinced. They say the chemistry between Michael and Lori is virtually non-existent.

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The source also said the actor won't share every moment of his and Lori's relationship anymore.

"Even though Michael seems to have opened up quite a bit by going public with their romance and allowing fans to get a glimpse inside their personal lives, that doesn't mean he wants to share every moment between them or that he's going to be posting about their relationship all the time now."

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"He's not a model or an influencer like Lori," explained the source. "He doesn't feel the need to share everything on social media. That's just not who he is, but at the same time he completely supports Lori and don’t be surprised to see him pop up with flirty comments whenever she posts."

Another source claims Michael extended his business contract with Lori, who has dated other effeminate celebrity males in the past, including media mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs, 51, and bisexual rapper Future Hendrix, 37.

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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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Lori Harvey has been sentenced after pleading "no contest" to a hit-and-run and leaving the scene of an accident in Beverly Hills, CA.

The 23-year-old Atlanta socialite was sentenced to two years probation on one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.

Witnesses claim Lori was texting and driving when her Mercedes G-Wagon hit another car, flipped and rolled over in October 2019, according to RhymeswithSnitch.

A witness claimed that after the other driver pulled Lori from the wrecked vehicle she attempted to flee the scene, but she didn't get far.

The source claims Lori immediately began FaceTiming her stepdad, comedian Steve Harvey.

She was charged with one count of resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer and one count of hit-and-run resulting in property damage.

Her attorney entered a plea of "not guilty" for her at a hearing in January.

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Lori is an equal opportunity socialite best known for dating a succession of rappers, scammers, and pro athletes without much hope for a ring from any of them.

Her boyfriends have included Dutch soccer player Memphis Depay (pictured), Sean "Puffy" Combs, and rapper Future Hendrix.

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Machine Gun Kelly is being called a home wrecker after he was spotted on a date with Megan Fox. Actor Brian Austin Green confirmed the reports that MGK is dating his wife. The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star confirmed the news on his podcast on Monday. Green revealed that he and his wife have "been trying to sort of be apart" since the end of last year, adding, "I will always love her and I know she will always love me, and I know as far as a family, what we have built is really cool and really special." The couple broke up once before in 2015. Brian and Megan share sons Noah, 7, Bodhi, 6, and three-year-old Journey.
 

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Welp, that was quick. After a whirlwind courtship that included all-expenses paid trips to Dubai and exotic island locales, hip-hop's most unlikeliest couple has called it quits.

The Internet is reporting rapper Future Hendrix and Lori Harvey's relationship has cooled after several months together. She reportedly packed her bags and moved out of his LA home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Lori, 22, who is best known for being an industry mattress, is comedian Steve Harvey’s stepdaughter.

A gossipmonger writes:

"According to my sources Lori wanted more in the relationship and he wasn't ready to give her that plus one of his baby mother's was being messy as f*ck.

NO SHE IS NOT PREGNANT!!!!!!!

Are they still cool and close yeah but that's it he still f*cking around and she child free and single.

Alot of y'all need to be asking her what's her birth control method."

So there you have it: Atlanta's most eligible bachelor is free to continue his promiscuous ways.

If you're thinking of going off your birth control to hook up with Future for a check, forget it.

After siring 10 children with multiple baby mamas, I'm told Future went under the knife and got snipped several months ago.