People (USA)

Michael B. Jordan & Lori Harvey

- —Reporting by Pernilla Cedenheim and Linda Marx

Michael B. Jordan is in love, and he doesn’t care who knows it. On Feb. 18 the Black Panther star, 34, gushed over his girlfriend, model Lori Harvey, 24, in a sweet Instagram post. “I love you baby,” Jordan wrote. Harvey responded, “I love youuuuu.” The reigning Sexiest Man Alive and Steve Harvey’s stepdaught­er have been inseparabl­e since spending the holidays together. “They have gotten serious quickly. It’s obvious that they don’t want to be apart,” says a source.

Harvey, who is based in Atlanta, has recently been staying with Jordan on the West Coast. “When they don’t travel together, Lori spends a lot of time in Los

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“He wants a solid partner and a family,” an insider says of Jordan (left, with Harvey in New York City). Inset: the two in St. Bart’s on Jan. 16.

Angeles with Michael,” says the source. Another entertainm­ent insider says Jordan had been hoping to share his life with someone who isn’t intimidate­d by the public nature of the movie business. In November

Jordan told People his ideal partner would be a “nurturing” woman with “a sense of humor.” Harvey “is young and bright and ambitious,” says the insider. “If the timing works out, it could be an interestin­g match. Right now it’s hot and heavy.”

It’s also wildly romantic. For Valentine’s Day, Jordan rented out an aquarium just for them—and surprised Harvey with dinner in one of the underwater tunnels. “My baby rented the aquarium so we could do a private tour and see the turtles, and then we walked into this,” Harvey wrote, sharing a video of the tunnel adorned with flower petals and candles. Their table for two featured massive bouquets of roses, more candles and a meal from luxury Japanese eatery Nobu. “Michael has charmed her and is treating her like a queen,” says the source. “Lori seems very happy.”

On Feb. 9 Harvey—who was previously engaged to Dutch soccer pro Memphis Depay and has been linked in the past to musicians Future, Trey Songz and Diddy—posted a tribute to her new man on his birthday. “I love you baby . . . hope today has been at least half as special as you are,” she wrote under a caption of the two of them smiling.

The happy duo, who were first spotted stepping off a plane together in Atlanta over Thanksgivi­ng and heading to the ski slopes in Utah in December, made their relationsh­ip public on Jan. 10 when they posted photos of themselves embracing on Instagram. A few days later they jetted off for a romantic getaway to the Caribbean, where they were seen soaking up the sun and hitting the waves on a jet ski. “They seem like old souls, getting dressed and going to nice places, traveling when they can and respecting the other,” says a film-industry source. “They love to experience new things together.”

 ??  ?? The couple in St. Bart’s on Jan. 21.
The couple in St. Bart’s on Jan. 21.

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