British rapper Ms Banks performed an exclusive rendition of her latest hit You Don’t Know at the MOBO Awards ceremony last night. Banks had previously dated boxer Lawrence Okolie, and the lyrics within the song prompted some fans to question whether the song was about the British athlete. But are Ms Banks and Lawrence Okolie still an item?

Are Ms Banks and Lawrence Okolie still an item?

Are Ms Banks and Lawrence Okolie still an item?

We have bad news for fans: it seems the couple are no longer an item, according to the Line of Best Fit. The pair split in June 2019, which was confirmed on the artist’s Instagram at the time.

It is alleged that the two had broken up due to conflicting perspectives of each other. While appearing on Spotify’s Who We Be TALKS podcast, she mentioned that Okolie was a provocative athlete in the ring, and wanted her to be the same in her line of work.

“He wants all the smoke – and that’s how he wants me to be in music.”

However, she insisted that her persona didn’t fit that ideal. Responding to the claim, she told the Line of Best Fit, “I’m not like that.”

The two had allegedly been dating since meeting in a restaurant two years earlier, according to The Face.

Her 2018 album, The Coldest Winter Ever was reportedly about the boxer.

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Ms Banks’ career highlights

Banks’ real name is Thyra Oji. She was born in south London and started writing music at the age of 11.

She has released three mixtapes, including her breakthrough set Once Upon a Grind.

Banks earned her maiden MOBO nominations at this year’s awards. The rapper was nominated for two categories including Best Female Act and Best Hip Hop Act. However, she missed out on both. Mahalia won the former accolade, with Nines claiming the latter.

She performed two hits on the night, including Snack and her latest single You Don’t Know. A segment of her performance can be found from Yahoo! Movies.

Lawrence Okolie’s boxing career

Okolie is a professional cruiserweight boxer and is currently undefeated from his 14 bouts, winning 11 by knockout.

Okolie has won every single professional fight contested on home soil and could extend this boxing record on Saturday against Polish boxer Nikodem Jezewski.

The 27-year-old Hackney-born athlete has also represented Great Britain at the Olympics. He was beaten at the Games by Cuba’s Erislandy Savon in the round of 16. The Cuban went on to pick up the bronze medal.

As a professional, Okolie is undefeated – 14 wins, 0 losses – as he faces Nikodem Jeżewski on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev fight at Wembley Arena on Saturday night.

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