The rumored romance of Lori Harvey and Sean “Diddy” Combs is particularly intriguing due to the fact that they never formally acknowledged being in a relationship publicly. Harvey, a rising model and stepdaughter of comedian Steve Harvey, has made a name for herself in the fashion industry. On the other side, Sean “Diddy” Combs, the legendary hip-hop mogul, needs no introduction. His impact on music and culture is profound.
Summer 2019: How Lori Harvey & Sean “Diddy” Combs Paths Crossed
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 14: Lori Harvey and Sean Combs attend Bad Boy & Quality Control Takeover at Gold Room on September 14, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
According to TMZ, Lori has been a long-time family friend, which comes as no surprise. The Harvey family and Combs have been intertwined for years, with Diddy and Steve Harvey sharing a friendship that dates back to at least 2005. Lori, meanwhile, has navigated the celebrity world on her terms, linked with prominent figures in music and sports.
Despite rampant speculation and paparazzi attention, the relationship between Lori and Diddy was never officially confirmed. They were first romantically linked in the summer of 2019, but both parties kept their personal lives private. Diddy’s son, Justin Combs, whom Lori was allegedly connected to previously, commented vaguely on their relationship, noting their privacy preference.
July 2019: Spotted In Italy & Mexico
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Lori Harvey attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)
The pair made headlines with their globetrotting travel adventures. In July 2019, they were spotted in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, followed by a trip to Italy, where they dined with Lori’s parents. These outings, particularly the intimate Italian lunches and their appearance in matching outfits in Manhattan, fueled the rumors. It was even rumored that Lori might have gotten engaged at one point, but Harvey quickly shut that down. Lori dismissed rumors that she and Diddy are betrothed after she was photographed at a Ciroc event donning a large rock on her ring finger. “I’m not engaged,” she wrote in response to the rumors. “Stop believing everything y’all read on a blog.”
October 2019: The Breakup And Aftermath
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 24: Sean “Diddy” Combs performs onstage during the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 24, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartRadio)
By October 2019, signs pointed towards a split. Lori reportedly unfollowed Diddy on Instagram – a modern indicator of relationship troubles. Sources close to Diddy described the relationship as a “fun fling,” with Diddy focusing on healing and his family. According to a source linked with Diddy, the source told E News!, “He and Lori had a fun fling but Diddy is still healing and focusing on himself right now. He is not ready to be in a long-term committed relationship and is focusing on his kids right now.” Interestingly, shortly after, Lori dismissed rumors about her dating history, specifically addressing the speculation about her and the Combs family. When the rumor came to light that she had allegedly dated both Diddy and his son, Justin Dior Combs, she denied it saying, “I’ve heard I dated a father and son before. Absolutely not true.”
Lori Harvey & Diddy’s Future
As of 2023, both Lori and Diddy have moved on, focusing on their respective careers and personal growth. Lori’s appearance on E! News, where she spoke candidly about misconceptions about her dating life, suggests a path forward focused on personal narrative control. Diddy, meanwhile, continues to be a central figure in the music industry and a devoted father.
Their fleeting romance, marked by luxury getaways and celebrity gatherings, remains a curious chapter in the annals of celebrity relationships to the dynamic combination of celebrity status, familial ties, and the unyielding scrutiny of the public, the stories of those in the spotlight are often shaped and sometimes skewed. Lori Harvey and Sean “Diddy” Combs, whether they were truly a couple or not, certainly experienced this.