After reports surfaced in August that Lori Harvey and Future may have called it quits, it seems she’s moving on with music industry manager Abou “Bu” Thiam, Akon’s little brother.
The beauty was seen getting close with Thiam in Miami recently. Someone snapped a brief video of Thiam holding onto Harvey and shared it with The Shade Room. You can see the clip and attestation for yourself below:
Thiam is currently Kanye West’s manager, and he’s known for dating beautiful women like Harvey. He was previously linked to Joie Chavis, and that is interesting because Chavis shares a baby with Future.
Thiam also dated Tracee Ellis Ross for a few years. In an interview with The Breakfast Club, he made it clear that any woman who would come into his life would have a high bar to meet after the Blackish star.
“Yeah I was in love for sure,” he said. “Me and Tracee gon’ be lovers forever, man. You know what I’m saying? Like, I really do believe that. Me and her have this genuine, unconditional relationship. And anybody that comes in my life, like, they have to know that and vice versa with her.”
“I’m a be honest, out of all the females that I dated, and not to discredit all the other girls, because I’ve been with some good females in my life, but she has to be one of the most unconditional loving, spirited, good people,” he added.
Earlier this year he was seen commenting on a sexy photo of the actress, and the two still seem to be close (she sends him thoughtful birthday wishes every year), but they’re not romantic.
It’s unclear if Thiam and Harvey are just having fun or if they’re more than that, as the influencer keeps her options open (as she should). Still, they look pretty cozy.
Hit the flip to see more photos of Thiam and to learn more about him.
Bu, or Abou Thiam, started his career working with his brother, Akon, helping him to release his debut album and make waves in the industry.
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 02: Bu Thiam attends Labor Dash Bash at Medusa on September 2, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)
According to Rolling Stone, Thiam is credited with discovering and signing T-Pain, who was one of the biggest artists of the first decade of the ’00s.
ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 13: Bu Thiam attends the Monica album release party at Reign Nightclub on April 13, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/FilmMagic)
Seen here chatting with Saweetie, Thiam has worked with everyone from Rihanna and Lady Gaga to Jeremih and his current client, Kanye West.
HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 12: Saweetie and Bu Thiam attend Saweetie’s “High Maintenance” Listening Event on March 12, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Warner Bros. Records )
Spotted here hanging out with Rihanna and her best friend Melissa Forde, Thiam has created his own company, Bu Vision, and has had friend Kanye West as his client for two years.
ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 22: Bu Thiam and Rihanna attend a party at Magic City on April 22, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/FilmMagic)
When he was 28, Thiam became the youngest person to be appointed the vice president of A&R at Def Jam.
ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 28: Kanye West and Bu Thiam attend the Watch The Throne concert after party at Reign Nightclub on October 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/FilmMagic)
Thiam has said he and Tracee Ellis Ross didn’t last for the following reason:
“I believe that being with somebody it’s real. It’s like managing, it’s a real job. It’s a real responsibility,”he said to The Breakfast Club. “And she’s in a place in her career that if I can’t give her all of me, I don’t wanna waste, not waste her time, but I don’t wanna put her in that space. So why not give her opportunity to find somebody else that can?”
ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 28: Bu Thiam and Tracee Ellis Ross attend the Watch The Throne concert after party at Reign Nightclub on October 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/FilmMagic)
Thiam had the chance to show other people how he became the success he is, and what it’s like to be an assistant to him, while part of the short-lived Oxygen reality series, Like a Boss.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 14: Boss Bu Thiam speaks onstage during the ‘Like A Boss’ panel discussion at the NBCUniversal portion of the 2016 Winter TCA Tour at Langham Hotel on January 14, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Of all the things he’s done in his career, Thiam said he’s most proud of what he was able to do with T-Pain.
“Finding and working with T-Pain was very fulfilling, because it was something I believed in when nobody else did — and it actually worked,” he told Rolling Stone. “His sound changed what music is today.”
ATLANTA, GA – MAY 21: Bu Thiam attends Prive on May 21, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
Pictured with family here, Thiam said his father’s musical background inspired him and Akon to try and break into the industry, which they did around 2005.
“Our father was a drummer so basically, it’s kinda been in the family since we were kids,” he told Black Enterprise. “I always loved it and was always around it and as we got older we just decided to take it a little more serious. From there, we just hit the ground running and put out mixtapes and songs and one thing led to another.”
It seems that Bu Thiam stays low key, works hard and does well for himself, and doesn’t have much drama. We can see the appeal for Harvey.
ATLANTA, GA – JUNE 16: Bu Thiam attends Jason Geter And Bu Thiam Present: “Dinner & A Toast” on June 16, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/FilmMagic)