If pop culture has taught us anything, it’s that being young and famous is a dangerous combination. Thankfully, one of America's favorite young celebrities is also one of its most protected: Malia Obama. Still, no matter how safeguarded Malia is by Secret Service, she’s bound to push the boundaries a little. And nothing pushes things quite as much as a secret love affair. So when Malia was spotted with a mysterious man, the world was dying to know the details.
While Barack and Michelle are Malia's birth parents, it doesn't deter the millions of people who watched her grow up from still feeling protective. After witnessing 8 formative years, you can’t blame us for being a little watchful of our former first daughter.
And despite a few hiccups along the way, Malia managed to live a scandal-free life as the President’s daughter. But once she became a private citizen, she had much more freedom than she used to have...and decided to run with it.
The world collectively gasped when Malia was captured in a passionate kiss with a mystery man at the 2017 Harvard-Yale football game. The speculation was immediate: Who was this guy? Where did he come from? Are they actually an “item,” or what?
The Obama daughters are the closest we get to princesses, so when a potential prince arrives, we can't help but be curious! Finally, Malia’s mystery man has been identified...and in a few ways, he’s the last person we expected.
His name is Rory Farquharson, and in an ironic turn of events for the President’s daughter, he hails from the United Kingdom. The 21-year-olds both attend Harvard University, but Rory actually got his start at a school miles and miles away.
He attended the Rugby School, a private school in England. While there, Rory wasn’t the slacker-type; on the contrary, he was Head of School from 2015-2016, proving his academic and leadership prowess. But his skills weren't just academic!
He played rugby and golf and was co-founder of the Blue Bunsen Society, the school’s chemistry club. Clearly, Rory was on his a-game at Rugby, though his life wasn’t always filled with good grades and successful rugby matches…
Old classmates have referred to Rory as “quite a catch” and “very popular,” which makes the fact that Rory felt anything but these things at Rugby School hard to believe. But that’s exactly what he revealed in an odd letter.
In a letter to his 16-year-old self, which was printed in a publication for Rugby School, he wrote, “You’re a lanky, over-confident public school boy, desperately trying to prove to your friends how much of a ‘lad’ you are and have failed miserably.”
His desperation to fit in took a toll on his physical and mental health. “You look a wreck, your body aches every time you move, and it takes you a good half hour to get out of bed in the morning,” he wrote.
He typed what would end up being a prophetic line about his own appearance: “For goodness’ sake, get a haircut. Despite what you think, your floppy mop isn’t attracting the girls." He couldn’t have known then just how much his luck would change!
Rory went from being a self-deprecating “school boy” to the mystery man spotted kissing the United States’ first daughter. So how does someone make such a huge leap from virtual obscurity to Page Six news?
The duo apparently met the way so many other couples meet — when walking through Harvard's hallowed halls. Since the kiss-seen-’round-the-world spread online, speculation about the young couple only increased, especially the question: Are they still together?
Apparently, they’re still going strong! They were recently spotted in Los Angeles, cuddling and enjoying each other’s company on a night out with friends. But what started as a cute photo of the couple soon erupted into another controversy.
Malia was spotted puffing on a cigarette while she hung out with Rory and some friends. The cigarette “scandal” didn’t last long, and the focus again shifted to the young couple...and what her famous parents had to say about them.
Rory’s father, though never the leader of the free world, certainly holds an honorable position back in the U.K.: Charles Farquharson is the CEO of Insight Investment Management Limited, while Rory's mother Catherine is an accountant. Powerful parents isn't the only similarity he shares with Malia.
He, too, enjoyed a privileged childhood. He grew up in Woodbridge, Suffolk, in a home worth two million dollars. Again like Malia, he also has ties to some pretty powerful people, since his relative Andrew Farquharson was an aide to the Queen for ten years.
It’s unknown how Rory's parents feel about their son’s relationship, but his neighbors seem to be extremely proud. “Good on him,” one of his neighbors said, with another neighbor excitedly saying, “It’d be lovely if the Obamas came to visit.”
Meanwhile, Barack Obama has responded to the news about his eldest daughter. Since Michelle is “such a great example of...not depending on boys," he's pretty relaxed about it. Still, Michelle had a different reaction to the news.
The Obamas understand the pressures of being in a publicized relationship, so when Malia went off to college, Michelle gave her some simple advice: “Don’t end up on Page Six.” If all else fails, at least they know they can rely on one thing...
“They have Secret Service,” President Obama said when asked about his daughters’ dating lives. So they can rest assured that nothing too scandalous can happen with an armed detail around...especially with Sasha off to college in the fall!
Her departure to college means she has to move out of the Obamas' new home in DC's wealthy Kalorama neighborhood. Constructed in the 1920s, the house is just as homey as it is luxurious - and worth the $8 million pricetag!
From the moment you enter the home, you're greeted by sleek white walls and checkered marble floors. Oddly reminiscent of the President's previous digs on Capitol Hill, don't you think?
The 8,200-square-foot mansion comes complete with several sitting areas perfectly designed for entertaining company. This particular living room includes a fully functioning fireplace, making it the ideal place for the former First Family to curl up after a day in the snow.
When it's time to kick back and relax with a little television, the Obamas can look no further than this beautiful family room. Not only does this space feature a flat-screen TV set above another fireplace, but it also offers a great view of the backyard.
Whether running a nation or enjoying the retired life, a man's still gotta eat. Thankfully, this eat-in kitchen has all the tools to satisfy even the most presidential of appetites.
Just take a look at this stainless steel six-burner range. Between the top-of-the-line appliances, white marble countertops, and classy black accents, this kitchen is clearly capable of handling high-quality cuisine.
Still not convinced? Well, there's even a second kitchen in the home, complete with a dishwasher, wine fridge, and plenty of storage space.
Though he won't be hosting state dinners any time soon, President Obama's new dining room has plenty of space to host large dinner parties for Washington's elite.
A master suite isn't complete without a king-size bed, and the one in the Obamas' new home can easily fit one, plus much more...
The spacious suite also features a master sitting area, complete with a roomy nook, additional wall space for a television, a small study, and another functioning fireplace. This seems like the perfect place for the President to brush up on his storytelling skills!
For Malia and Sasha, they'll have a choice of one of the house's additional eight bedrooms to call their own. But if sharing a room really isn't their thing, there are a number of full-size bedrooms just down the hall.
This additional bedroom is pretty much a master suite in and of itself. Michelle actually discussed the size of the house with Ellen DeGeneres on a recent episode of her show, joking that the house was way too small for them!
But what certainly isn't small is the size of Michelle's bathroom. Her private space includes a vanity, deep-soaker tub, shower, and all the counter space she can handle.
Opposite Michelle's master bath is the former President's own personal bathroom. While it may not be as luxurious as Michelle's, this bathroom includes a tiled walk-in shower.
A mansion isn't really a mansion without a bonus room, so of course, the Obamas' new pad has one. They should definitely convert this space into a home gym so the President can stay in shape for the basketball court!
But Michelle doesn't have to worry about feeling left out. The house also features a full-sized dressing room, perfect for storing the former First Lady's fashionable wardrobe as well as providing her with a much-needed relaxation space.
The home's basement has to be seen to be believed. Complete with another fully-furnished family room as well as a pair of bedrooms and bathrooms, it's almost as if there's a second house sitting just under the first. You know what that means: slumber parties with Joe!
If you're going to have eight additional bedrooms, you're also going to need plenty of bathrooms for your guests. This is just one of the home's eight and a half baths, practically guaranteeing that no one will ever need to wait to use the restroom.
The rear side of the house opens up into a gorgeous, well-maintained backyard. There's more than enough space here to entertain dozens of guests, and the tile deck that runs along the entire yard will ensure that no one gets their feet dirty in the event of unexpected showers.
But what really ties the whole yard together is the well-manicured lawn. This is the perfect place for the Obamas' presidential pooches Bo and Sunny to play, as well as a nice spot for the President to kick back and relax with a drink.