The 20-year-old daughter of former President Barack Obama is dating the 24-year-old son of “Ray” actor Clifton Powell, the Daily Mail reported on Wednesday.
Sasha and Clifton Powell Jr., a former college basketball player who now works as a business director, reportedly started seeing each other after she moved to Los Angeles to study at the University of Southern California.
The former first daughter transferred to USC last fall from the University of Michigan, where she had been a student for two years. The Daily Mail obtained photos of Sasha and her 6ft 5in alleged boyfriend looking lovey-dovey as they walked together earlier this week. She was dressed casually in a peasant skirt, crop top, and Birkenstock clogs, while Powell Jr. wore jeans, a T-shirt, and a backwards baseball cap.
Powell Jr., who said to go by the nicknames Cliff and CP3, grew up in the upscale California community of Ladera Heights and attended Village Christian High School in the San Fernando Valley. The annual private school tuition is $28,340.
After graduating from high school, Powell Jr. received a four-year basketball scholarship to the University of California, Santa Barbara, but transferred less than a year later to focus on his passion for film.
He now works as a “writer/director,” according to his website bio, and has created content for big companies including Nike and Peloton.
While her father had a career in Hollywood, her mother, Kimberly Powell, reportedly runs a few businesses, including an interior design company called whatUneed Designs and a catering company called Chef Kim. Powell Jr.’s 29-year-old sister, May Powell, is also an entrepreneur, running her own beauty business called Suga Honey Glam Incorporated.
Reports of Sasha’s new romance come days after her mom, Michelle Obama, confirmed that the Sasha has a boyfriend.
“They loved the Jonas Brothers. Now they are bringing grown men home,” the former first lady, 58, said on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tuesday of her daughters Sasha and Malia Obama, 23. “Before they were just pop bands. Now they have boyfriends and real lives.”
Malia has been dating her boyfriend, Rory Farquharson, since they met at Harvard in 2017.