Lori Harvey: ‘If a situation’s no longer serving you, there’s nothing wrong with leaving’

A few months ago, Lori Harvey and Michael B. Jordan broke up. At the end of the day, it seemed like he was ready to move in together and propose and Lori… wasn’t. I think she dumped him. She’s 25 years old, beautiful and focused on her career. So that’s where we are now. This week, Lori chatted with Teyana Taylor for Bumble’s Luv2SeeIt YouTube series. They talked about love, self-worth, relationships and dating philosophies. Lori sounds like an absolute badass. I love her.

“I almost got married very young,” Lori Harvey revealed. “I felt like I hadn’t really experienced anything. I didn’t really know myself, I didn’t really know what I liked, what I didn’t like. I just feel like I hadn’t really experienced life.” She said she eventually came to a point where she wanted to “date on my terms.” She added, “However I want to move, whatever I want to do, I’m going to do it. And if it’s no longer serving me, I’m going to move on.”

Earlier in the episode, Harvey said that change is “the beautiful part of growth,” noting that she doesn’t want the same things at 25 that she wanted at 21. “Two different mindsets. Like, I don’t even know her anymore. She’s not here anymore. This is who we’re dealing with today.”

“You can’t live your life based on what other people are going to think, how other people feel, because at the end of the day it’s your life — so what’s going to make you happy?” Harvey asked. She also said she wouldn’t change her past because she “learned so much in the process” of her personal experiences.

When Taylor asked what makes her feel powerful in a relationship, Harvey replied, “My values, standards and my requirements. There are some superficial requirements, and you can cut down on those … but don’t compromise on core values and beliefs.”

Harvey also said she takes more control now, saying she is in a space where she’s not doing anything that will “compromise my peace and happiness. Don’t give your power away to anybody. That I feel is the key to being truly happy in or out of a relationship.”

Harvey shared another piece of advice, saying, “I feel like if a situation’s no longer serving you, there’s nothing wrong with leaving that situation.”

[From People]

People are mad at her for… dating like a man, basically. They’re mad because she knows her worth and she won’t give her time and effort to people or situations unworthy of her time. For what it’s worth, I think she really loved Michael B. Jordan. I think they were very happy together. But she didn’t want to marry him and she didn’t want to “give up” her life, thus the situation was no longer serving her.

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  1. Amy Too says:

    I liked hearing what she had to say. I’m applying it to my relationship with my toxic mother. I went no contact in January if this year.

    • Izzy says:

      It’s a tough step and I know several people who have taken it, but it leads to peace. I hope it does for you as well.

    • Sunnyish says:

      I am so far about 2 months NC with toxic parents. I tried. I really tried.

  2. sunny says:

    Good for her! I wish I had been this self-possessed and self-aware in my 20’s.

  3. dina says:

    Here for ALL of this. Currently going through it after breaking it off with a toxic partner – you have to do what’s best for you always, period.

    • Very important othered person says:

      Yes I am all for the empowered nature of these comments but why hasn’t anyone seen through the focusing on her career excuse. Please can anyone tell me what “career” we’re talking about? This is a real question, I am not trying to throw shade but can anyone name anything she’s done because I cannot. I’m actually sad about this truly because I want Lori to have stuff going on but does anyone know what she actually can do apart from being excellent arm candy.

  4. RoSco says:

    Honestly, may Lori Harvey continue to be a role model for us all. I continue to struggle with so many things this woman in her mid-20s has mastered. People are going to hate her either because they want and can’t have her, envy that she can do what they can’t, and/or her stances threaten their sense of self.

  5. Kirsten says:

    If she didn’t want to be in a relationship with him anymore, that’s absolutely her right to leave, but it’s a little young and naive to think that you’re giving up your own life when you get married. And if someone expects that of you, it’s not the right relationship for reasons other than marriage.

    • Snuffles says:

      I don’t think it’s naive. It all depends on the person you are with and their expectations. It possible that Michael was talking about having babies ASAP and she just wasn’t there yet. And, yes, having kids changes EVERYTHING. If she and Michael weren’t on the same page it was very mature of her to realize that and let him go.

      • Kirsten says:

        Right, but someone expecting you to get pregnant when you don’t want to doesn’t have anything to do with what a healthy marriage is like. It’s her equating marriage with some kind of lessening of yourself that seems naive.

    • DouchesOfCambridge says:

      You’re right, it is perfectly ok to get out of a relation for whatever reason, you dont even need a reason. I think why people could be upset is because she used the word “serves”, like she couldnt use the guy any further so had to break it up.

    • Ange says:

      You are to an extent. Your life choices, career decisions, where to live etc all become negotiations. Which is fair and fine but if you’re not ready to do that it’s perfectly fine not to get married. And let’s not pretend marriage still isn’t a much bigger compromise for women, no matter how rich or beautiful they are.

  6. Denise says:

    We need to normalise this way of thinking for women

  7. Chrissy says:

    I wish I learnt these lessons in my mid-20s! Good for her for being so self-aware and refusing to let a man compromise her happiness.

    Word on the street is that she’s flirting (possibly hooking up) with Jack Harlow now? Gotta say I’m a bit envious, haha.

  8. SarahCS says:

    I love hearing about her and I wish her every happiness in life.

    We are so used to a public narrative about women sticking around in situations that aren’t good for them (hi Khloe) and seeing how a lot of people respond to her says a lot about how far we have to go.

    (note – I’m not referring to situations of abuse/control, I absolutely understand that it can be incredibly hard and dangerous to escape those)

  9. Mar says:

    She is an absolutely gorgeous girl but she’s crossing into dangerously skinny zone.

  10. Bibi says:

    I’m absolutely going to apply these principles to my current situation with some family members bc I can’t continue to live life according to their impossible views. This woman who’s half my age has some sage wisdom. Go, Lori!