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Malia Obama brings boyfriend to New York with Barack and Michelle

PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Matchy matchy! Malia Obama and her boyfriend sport near-identical white pants as they step out in New York City together (so did he meet her PARENTS during the Big Apple trip?)

  • DailyMail.com first revealed that the eldest daughter of former President Barack Obama was dating Ethiopian DJ Dawit Eklund last month, and now, it appears that she may have introduced Dawit to her famous folks  
  • The Harvard graduate, 24, was spotted on a stroll with her music producer boyfriend while out and about in the Lower East Side area of New York City on Monday 
  • Barack, 61, and former First Lady Michelle Obama, 58, are also in town, as they were seen leaving their hotel together on Friday before Michelle attended the US Open in Queens
  • Malia and Dawit were first linked on July 26, when the two were caught grabbing takeout food together. Since then, they have been pictured side-by-side on numerous occasions  
  • Dawit, who recently turned 33, is nine years older than Malia and is the son of retired State Department officer Jon Eklund, 72, who worked at several US embassies in Africa and his Ethiopian wife Yeshi, 66
  • Dawit co-founded Washington, D.C.-based record label 1432 R, which specializes in Ethiopian music. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he is also a registered Democrat 

Malia Obama has taken her love to the Big Apple. The Harvard graduate, 24, was spotted on a stroll with her music producer boyfriend while out and about in New York City on Monday – but did the couple jet off the Manhattan so that he could meet her parents?

DailyMail.com exclusively revealed that the eldest daughter of former President Barack Obama was dating Ethiopian DJ Dawit Eklund last month, and now, it appears that she may have introduced Dawit to her famous folks.

The couple was pictured walking around the Lower East Side area of the city. Barack, 61, and former First Lady Michelle Obama, 58, were also in town, as they were seen leaving their hotel together on Friday before Michelle attended the US Open in Queens that evening.

Earlier that day, she and Malia were seen entering the same apartment building on the Upper West Side; Michelle was last seen leaving her hotel on Saturday morning, so it’s unclear whether or not she and Barack are still there.

Malia Obama has taken her love to the Big Apple. The Harvard grad, 24, was spotted on a stroll with her DJ boyfriend while out and about in New York City on Monday – but did the couple jet off the Manhattan so he could meet her parents?


DailyMail.com exclusively revealed that the eldest daughter of former President Barack Obama was dating Ethiopian music producer Dawit Eklund last month, and now, it appears that she may have introduced Dawit to her famous folks

The couple was pictured walking around the Lower East Side area of the city. Her parents Barack, 61, and former First Lady Michelle Obama, 58, were also in town


Barack was seen leaving his hotel on Thursday (left) – while Michelle attended the US Open in Queens on Friday (right)

Malia donned a pair of oversized, white jeans and a buttoned up denim jacket for the outing. She paired the look with chunky New Balance sneakers and a pair of rectangle shades. She carried a small, black and grey patterned purse on her shoulder.

The 24-year-old went makeup free, and pulled part of her long, braided hair back into a messy bun; the rest fell loosely around her face.

She and Dawit seemed in good spirits, chatting as they made their way around the city. At one point, the couple smiled at one another as they waited to cross a busy New York City street. 

The music producer, for his part, wore tan trousers, a green T-shirt, and a navy blue jacket during the date; he too shielded his eyes with sunglasses.

Malia and Dawit were first linked on July 26, when the two were caught grabbing takeout food together. Since then, they have been pictured side-by-side on numerous occasions.

In August, DailyMail.com exclusive revealed his identity. Dawit, who recently turned 33, is nine years older than Malia. 

The DJ, just like Malia’s dad, has one American and one African parent. He also has the same smoking habit as the 44th president, as he is often seen smoking during his outings with Malia.

Back in 2020, Barack professed to being an ex-smoker in his memoir, admitting that he would sometimes smoke eight, nine, or 10 cigarettes a day during his presidency. 

He is the son of retired State Department officer Jon Eklund, 72, who worked at several US embassies in Africa and his Ethiopian wife Yeshi, 66.

Dawit co-founded Washington, D.C.-based record label 1432 R, which specializes in Ethiopian music. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he is also a registered Democrat. 

A 2016 Washington Post article about the label said: ‘Their music seamlessly brings together house music grooves, the stutter of U.K. garage, an uneasy electronic ambience, and – perhaps most notably – Ethiopian folk music.’

Dawit told the paper at the time: ‘Ethiopian music is super distinct. There are only four or five musical scales that they play in; each has its own meaning and attitude and mood.’ 

A separate Post piece called him ‘one of Washington’s most exciting dance music producers,’ adding: ‘It’s not because he’s splicing styles from around the globe, it’s because he spent a lot of his young life learning how to communicate with different kinds of people.’

At one point, the couple smiled at one another as they waited to cross a busy New York City street

The music producer, for his part, wore tan trousers, a green T-shirt, and a navy blue jacket during the date; he too shielded his eyes with sunglasses


Malia and Dawit were first linked on July 26, when the two were caught grabbing takeout food together. Since then, they have been pictured side-by-side on numerous occasions

Dawit’s father Jon was heavily involved in helping the refugee crisis caused by the war in Sudan in the early 2000s, when hundreds of thousands fled to Ethiopia to escape the fighting

He was educated at the International Community School in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, before going to George Washington University where he studied International Development in Africa. 

Dawit, who recently turned 33, is nine years older than Malia. The DJ, just like Malia’s dad, has one American and one African parent

Dawit – who also goes by David, the Anglicized version of his name – is one of four children. His father Jon was heavily involved in helping the refugee crisis caused by the war in Sudan in the early 2000s, when hundreds of thousands fled to Ethiopia to escape the fighting.

His mother Yeshi comes from a successful family of business people in Ethiopia. His sister Sara Eklund was featured in a 2019 Vogue article for introducing menstrual cups to Ethiopia.

Malia – who is currently working as a screenwriter on Donald Glover’s upcoming Amazon show – was previously linked to fellow Harvard student Rory Farquharson, but has stayed pretty tight-lipped about her love life.

She previously dated Rory – who is the son of chief executive of Insight Investment Management Limited Charles – while they were both students at Harvard University. 

They were first spotted at a Harvard vs Yale American football game in early 2017, and were seen together multiple times in the following months.

Photographers often caught them cozying up, holding hands, and even sharing in a few smooches, however, she never publicly addressed the relationship.

Malia moved to Los Angeles last year, after graduating from Harvard, to pursue a career as a screenwriter. 

In March, Donald revealed that he had given the 24-year-old her first job as a writer on his new series, which is reportedly about ‘a Beyoncé-type character,’ with the actor calling her ‘amazingly talented’ and ‘really focused.’ 

He is the son of retired State Department officer Jon Eklund, 72, who worked at several US embassies in Africa and his Ethiopian wife Yeshi, 66

He was educated at the International Community School in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, before going to George Washington University where he studied International Development in Africa


Dawit co-founded Washington, D.C.-based record label 1432 R, which specializes in Ethiopian music. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he is also a registered Democrat

Malia – who is currently working as a screenwriter on Donald Glover’s upcoming Amazon show – moved to Los Angeles last year, after graduating from Harvard, to pursue a career as a screenwriter


In March, Donald revealed that he had given the 24-year-old her first job as a writer on his new series, which is reportedly about ‘a Beyoncé-type character,’ with the actor calling her ‘amazingly talented’ and ‘really focused’

‘She’s just like, an amazingly talented person,’ Donald, 38, who is also known by his stage name Childish Gambino, told Vanity Fair at the time. ‘She’s really focused, and she’s working really hard.’

 He did not share how Malia landed the job after she graduated from college but he added that he believed she has a promising future in the industry

He did not share how Malia landed the job after she graduated from college but he added that he believed she has a promising future in the industry. 

While Malia – who previously interned on Lena Dunham’s HBO series Girls in 2015 and at The Weinstein Company in 2017 – is working as a screenwriter, her younger sister, Sasha Obama, 21, is also building her own life in Los Angeles. 

The 21-year-old is studying at the University of Southern California, where she just began her final year, after transferring from the University of Michigan.

DailyMail.com exclusively revealed a few months ago that she was in a relationship with Clifton Powell Jr., 24, who is the son of Ray actor Clifton Powell. 

Clifton Jr. and Sasha are understood to have met after she relocated to the West Coast, and he is already close with the family, as he has been seen hanging out with Malia a few times in recent months. 

In April, Sasha and Malia’s mother, Michelle, opened up about how both of her daughters are all grown up during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. 

Ellen, 64, reminded the former First Lady of how Sasha and Malia had first visited the show when they were little girls who wanted to see the Jonas Brothers. But over a decade later, they’ve graduated from boybands to boyfriends.

‘Now they’re bringing grown men home,’ Michelle said. ‘Now they have boyfriends and real lives and all that stuff. They have grown up right before our very eyes and they are doing well.’

While the mom-of-two gushed about the ‘amazing young women’ her daughters have become – ‘Women, I know! Scary,’ she said – and divulged that they were both now dating, she was much more discreet about the details of their love lives and didn’t share any further details. 

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