Things are heating up between Larsa Pippen and Marcus Jordan!
For those who don’t know, The Real Housewives of Miami star and the 32-year-old son of Michael Jordan sparked romance rumors last year when they were repeatedly seen out and about together. While Larsa attempted to downplay the dating speculation, TMZ confirmed the pair were together, saying they’re “really into each other.” Unfortunately, their honeymoon period soon took a turn when Marcus seemingly was caught making out with another woman outside his place in Orlando in November. But a source told Page Six at the time that they were not official yet:
“Larsa and Marcus aren’t exclusively together; they’re dating. It’s so new. They’re just enjoying time getting to know each other.”
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Fast forward months later, though, things seemed to change as he and Larsa made their relationship Instagram official in January. She then went on to call him her “forever Valentine” in a tribute to Marcus on the romantic holiday. Ch-ch-check it out (below):
So as for their relationship status now? These two seem to be very much a couple – and it sounds like they’re already dropping the L-word! When asked if she was “in love” with Marcus on The Tamron Hall Show Tuesday, the 48-year-old reality star confessed:
“I think so. We’re in a really good place.”
Larsa went on to shut down the claim that she knew Marcus since he was a kid, saying that they met at a party and have a lot of mutual friends since they were both from Chicago. Not to mention the fact that her ex-husband Scottie Pippen and his father were also teammates on the Chicago Bulls for years. She explained:
“I feel like a lot of people think that we’ve known each other our whole lives, which we have not. We literally just met at a party four years ago and we were just friends.”
As for their 16-year age difference? The Bravo personality insisted they have “everything in common” despite their age gap, saying:
“I’ve dated guys a lot older than me – Scottie is 10 years older than me – so I don’t really view age as, you know, you’re mature or immature. I don’t feel like that determines if you’re mature or not. I feel like if you can drink at 21, you can go to war at 18, there’s different circumstances. I feel like age doesn’t really determine your level of maturity.”
When asked why she decided to date Marcus knowing that Michael and Scottie were not on good terms, Larsa stressed that she never “planned” on moving on from her husband with the former college basketball player:
“I can’t basically explain how someone else feels. That’s how [Scottie] feels. … I live my truth, I’m happy, [Marcus and I] get along, he’s my best friend. It wasn’t planned like that. We were together a lot with our friends, and it just so happened. It wasn’t like something I planned.”
“For me being married to someone that was an athlete or whatever, it’s really hard. You get scrutinized a lot. People don’t think you should have a life once you get divorced. They think once you’re divorced, you’re done. And I feel like I’ve overcome so many different obstacles because I feel like I should have love. I should be able to date who I want. I should be able to live happy and go wherever I want to go and not be judged every time I’m seen with someone.”
But what does Michael have to say about it? According to Larsa, he is cool with their relationship! In fact, she has spent “a lot of time” with his dad and mom Juanita Vanoy:
“We motivate each other. We’re really happy being together. … They’re fine. Everyone’s fine. When you’re an adult, I think your parents just want to see you happy. I feel like, we’ve spent holidays together and it’s good. We’re in a great place.”
While Michael might be “fine” with it, we can bet Scottie isn’t a fan of this romance! Lolz! You can ch-ch-check out the entire interview (below):
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[Image via Tamron Hall Show/YouTube, Larsa Pippen/Instagram, ABC News In-depth/YouTube]