According to Porter, the major life change came at exactly the right time. “I’m so happy I did [move],” she exclusively told Us in October. “I think I kind of exhausted all my opportunities there. And I am an owner of JMP The Label now so Miami has a huge market for the swimwear industry and fashion.”
The TV personality noted that her boyfriend Clark Drum also influenced her decision, adding, “My boyfriend lives on this coast, and I was tired of driving back and forth. I think I was ready for that next chapter.”
Viewers have seen Porter’s romance with Drum documented on season 5 of Siesta Key: Miami Moves. Ahead of the show’s return, the Florida native opened up about how her relationship has benefited from her move.
“I think everyone that’s ever started [dating] long-distance and then ended up moving closer to each other, that you do see a huge transformation,” she explained. “When I moved to Miami, like, I was really struggling in the beginning, trying to adjust to how my relationship dynamic, a new apartment, being in this city, everything’s way more expensive here [and] not being around my family anymore. And you know, these are things that I feel a little more grounded now.”
The businesswoman, who started dating Drum in October 2021, gushed about their special connection.
“I love Clark so much. He makes me feel really stable, comfortable [and] happy,” Porter continued at the time. “We have such a healthy relationship. I think that’s something I really want people to notice this season and not jump to conclusions by some of the story [lines]. He’s different than the men I’ve dated in the past and I’m trying to learn from those mistakes and bring that into my next relationship.”
She added: “I know what I don’t want in men and Clark is what I do want. He’s not a narcissist. I mean, he might be the first guy that isn’t a narcissist that I’ve dated. So that’s really great for me.”
Siesta Key: Miami Moves airs Thursdays on MTV at 8 p.m. ET
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