As a former first daughter, there’s interest in who Malia Obama is dating now and what she’s been up to since her family left the White House.
Malia – the eldest daughter of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama – was last linked to Harvard University classmate Rory Farquharson, whom she began dating in 2017 and from whom she separated in recent years. Now there seems to be a new man in Malia’s life. In photographs obtained by Page Six, Malia, 24, was seen on what appeared to be a date with music producer Dawit Eklund, 33, in Los Angeles. The two were photographed at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art on August 4, 2022, where Malia was seen in a white crop top and baggy green pants, while Dawit wore a beige T-shirt and green shorts with a photo of Bob Marley on the left leg. The two were also pictured hugging, with Dawit’s hand resting on Malia’s waist as she stroked the back of Malia’s neck.
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Dawit is the co-founder of the 1432 R label in Washington DC, where Malia lived from January 2009 to January 2017 when her father was President of the United States. The Daily Mail also reports that Dawit’s father is retired State Department officer Jon Eklund, who worked at several US embassies in Africa. His mother, Yeshi Eklund, is from Ethiopia. According to The Daily Mail, Malia and Dawit’s recent outing is their third public date after they were seen having lunch together on July 26, 2022 and walking around Los Angeles on August 2, 2022.
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Along with Malia, Barack and Michelle also share daughter Sasha, who is dating Clifton Power Jr., the son of actor Clifton Powell. Michelle confirmed the relationship in an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in April 2022. “They loved the Jonas Brothers. Now they bring home grown men,” she said of her daughters at the time. “Before, it was just, like, pop bands. Now they have boyfriends and real lives.
In an interview on “The Bill Simmons” podcast in 2020, Barack opened up about what it was like to quarantine with Malia and her most recent boyfriend, Rory Farquharson. “He is British. Wonderful young man, and he was kind of stuck because there was a whole visa thing and he had a job created,” he said. “So we took him in, and I didn’t want to like him, but he’s a good boy. The only thing you find out… young people are eating! It’s weird to see them consuming food. My grocery bill has gone up about 30%.
He also discussed what the family has been up to during quarantine. “Like I think a lot of families, we went through that first month of playing games every night and doing little arts and crafts projects and then slowly they started to get a little bored with us,” he said. Barack also opened up to InStyle in November 2020 about how “badass” Malia has become. “Malia, she is just dynamic. He is someone who loves people, who loves life and who loves conversation,” he said at the time. “She never gets bored, which is a badass quality that can take you somewhere else.”
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