Who is Malia Obama's boyfriend?

Malia Obama began attending Harvard University in the fall of 2017. According to W Magazine, Obama had the gap year many college students could only dream of. She partied in Amsterdam, attended Lollapalooza in Chicago, and began her internship in New York at Weinstein Company — thankfully now no longer run by Harvey Weinstein himself. Obama has also been spotted at clubs and hitting the streets of New York with her bodyguards in tow. Though with her confidence and height of over six feet tall, Obama could probably handle her own!

After a couple months of getting used to Harvard life, pictures of Obama with a mystery man began to surface, which begs the question — just who is this guy?

Meet Rory Farquharson

Shortly before Thanksgiving in 2017, TMZ released a video of Obama briefly locking lips with someone while tailgating her very first Harvard-Yale football game. 

At that point in time, the press didn't know who this young man was. However, it didn't take long to figure it out. He's now known to be Obama's rumored boyfriend, Rory Farquharson. Dating the former president's daughter doesn't exactly create the best opportunity for anonymity but the couple seems to still be going strong regardless. Here's everything you should know about Farquharson.

He's a smoker

Obama and Farquharson were photographed smiling at one another while walking and talking in Soho, New York City. The two look happy — yay! — but there was something disconcerting about the photos. In every picture from their outing, Farquharson can be seen with a cigarette in hand. 

Perhaps this isn't necessarily too surprising as an estimated one-third of college students smoke, according to ABC News. Either way, it's not exactly a healthy habit. It may also go without saying that the effects secondhand smoke are quite awful too!

Is Farquharson a bad influence on Obama?

Unfortunately, Obama also seems to have developed the addictive smoking habit. Is Farquharson a bad influence on Obama? Maybe, maybe not. There's really no telling who started smoking first, but pictures have confirmed that Obama was the first one seen with a cigarette. 

In an interview with Michelle Obama from 2012 reported by USA Today, she discussed Barack Obama's former smoking habit, "I know that his ability to ultimately kick the habit was because of the girls, because they're at the age now where you can't hide. I think that he didn't want to look his girls in the eye and tell them that they shouldn't do something that he was still doing."

Whether she picked up the habit from her dad or developed a "social smoking" habit, it's hard to say. Either way, let's hope both the former first daughter and her alleged boyfriend quit soon!

He goes to Harvard

Whether or not you think of Farquharson as a bad influence, there's no denying that he attends a good school. Like Obama, Farquharson is a student at Harvard University, one of only eight Ivy League schools.

According to The Telegraph, this is likely where the lovebirds first met. While it is not known what Obama is studying, it seems her interests center around the arts. Farquharson, on the other hand, may be following in his father Charles' footsteps. Charles Farquharson obtained a law degree from Cambridge University and is now a chief executive at an investment firm in London. The Telegraph further reported that Farquharson followed quite a few banking-related accounts on Twitter so, if nothing else, the interest is there.

He's British

It's no secret that most Americans love English accents. Obama may be part of the majority as her rumored love interest just so happens to be British. 

The Telegraph reported that Farquharson grew up across the pond and attended a private boarding school where he was a member of the chemistry club. He was also deemed "Head of School" during the 2015 to 2016 school year. Not only was Farquharson a bit of a brain, he was also a jock as he played both rugby and golf. 

Much like Obama, Farquharson also interned before attending Harvard University. As opposed to New York, he spent time in Northern Ireland at the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building.

Obama's rumored man definitely seems ambitious! 

He's fashionable

Sure, Farquharson has the accent, but does he have the look? Of course! Vanity Fair claims that he and Obama both have "mastered New York City street style."  

Farquharson was photographed in a puffy blue jacket but all eyes were on his sunglasses — his tiny sunglasses. A popular trend in the '90s is being revitalized by the likes of Selena Gomez, the Kardashian and Jenner clan, Rihanna, and now, of course, Farquharson. 

Will Obama follow suit? Time will tell but, even if she doesn't, she's fashionable enough without them.

He's loaded

According to Harvard University's site, tuition begins at $43,280 per school year. Add room and board, and you're up to around $63,000. While the Ivy League school accepts financial aid, Harvard definitely seems to favor the rich. Farquharson is no exception.

The prestigious boarding school, Rugby School, that he attended in England costs £11,584 ($14,339) per term, reported The Telegraph. Not exactly chump change, to be sure. The Telegraph also reported that Farquharson's childhood home is a £1.6 million ($2.27 million) house. 

With a son in Harvard, an executive father, and a mom who is both an accountant and a lay person for London's Upper Tribunal, the Farquharson family seems to be doing quite well financially.

He's not a Trump supporter

Although Farquharson was raised in the United Kingdom, he is now a resident of New York and has his opinions on American politics. As Obama's supposed suitor, you'd have to assume he's a Democrat, right? Well, no matter his politic affiliations, he's definitely not a fan of Donald Trump.

According to The Telegraph, Farquharson shared his criticism of President Trump via social media. At one time, Farquharson even speculated that his popularity would decrease throughout the year after being elected — a statement echoed by many.

If Farquharson was a Trump supporter, dinners over the Obamas would probably get a little awkward.

He deleted all of his social media accounts

It seems there is always a cost associated with dating a public figure. Page Six reported that since he began dating Obama, Farquharson deleted his social media. While you may be disappointed to learn that all of his social media accounts — aside from very few pictures on Facebook — have been wiped out, it is understandable given the scrutiny that comes with high-profile relationships. Just ask Meghan Markle.

According to ABC News, when her relationship with Prince Harry became serious, Markle deleted her blog, stopped sharing photos of her life on Instagram, and stepped away from Twitter. A royal source told ABC News, "Ms. Markle is grateful to everyone who has followed her social media accounts over the years." 

Although Farquharson is not set to become a duke nor prince, dating the former president's daughter is probably the closest you can get to the United States' version of royalty. 

What would President Obama think?

While President Obama hasn't commented specifically on their relationship, he has discussed his thoughts about his daughters growing up and dating. When asked in a telephone interview by ABC News, "What are you going to do when the girls start dating?" President Obama responded, "Oh… that happened. You know, the truth is I'm pretty relaxed about it." 

Obama continued, "For two reasons, one is Michelle… She's such a great example of how she carries herself, her self esteem, not depending on boys to validate how you look or, you know, not letting yourself be judged by anything other than your character and intelligence. And hopefully I've been a good example in terms of how I've shown respect to my wife so, I think, I don't worry about it because they're really solid smart girls — young ladies now." Obama then joked, "The other reason is because they've had secret service. There's only so much they can do!" 

Now that Obama is no longer president, is Malia still protected? The Washington Post explained that, by law, the U.S. Secret Service can offer protection to presidents' children up to ten years after leaving the White House. Though it's unclear what the former president has decided. The Washington Post further explained that Malia's decision to take a gap year could very well mean that she won't take advantage of the Secret Service protection.

Nevertheless, there's no doubt that most everyone — including her alleged beau Farquharson — will be looking out for her well-being.