Kanye West’s first relationship with Irina Shayk may have started before his relationship with Kim Kardashian.
On the heels of his birthday, West, 44, and Shayk, 35, were spotted vacationing in Provence, France, on Tuesday, and CN News verified the two had been discreetly dating for many weeks, stating, “it is informal at the moment, but they are into each other.”
“Kanye was with Irina shortly before Kim, a music industry source said. He had been after her for a long time.”
Russian-born model Shayk has been friends with West for a decade, having previously posed for him and appearing in his music video for “Power” in 2010.
In his song “Christian Dior Flow,” he also mentions her, saying, “I want to see Irina Shayk next to [Dutch model] Doutzen [Kroes.”
Whatever they possessed at the time was fleeting: In 2010, Shayk began dating soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, and in 2012, Kanye West made his relationship with Kim Kardashian public.
However, several entertainment insiders were caught aback by West and Shayk’s unexpected new affair.
“It’s excellent for both of them to be in the spotlight in a favorable way,” a Kardashian Kamp insider said of West and Shayk, “and nobody knows if the romance is real or not.”
The insider went on to say that Kim is delighted for them, saying, “Everyone in the family including Kim wants Kanye to be happy and wishes him well.”
“They are relieved that there is no tension between him and Kim over the kids and that everyone is getting along.”
Added another fashion insider Shayk is just as media-savvy as West and knows how to play the game models nowadays, like Kendall Jenner, must be constantly in the press as well as on the catwalk in order to secure the most lucrative contracts.
“For Kanye, it’s about maintaining his image,” the source added. He has a slew of upcoming ventures.
“In addition, this is fantastic for her career. She’s a stunning young lady, but the road to becoming a supermodel sometimes involves dating a celebrity to boost one’s profile.
“Once you start appearing on the covers of fancy grocery store publications, your name recognition, and price rise. It’s the most effective approach to stay current”.
Shayk’s tumultuous dating past has long been a source of entertainment gossip: she was in a five-year relationship with Italian soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo until early 2015, when they broke amid suspicions of Ronaldo’s adultery.
In April of that year, she began dating Bradley Cooper.
They had a daughter, Lea, two years later. His chemistry with Lady Gaga sizzled in 2018’s “A Star Is Born,” then onstage at the 2019 Oscars when they sang “Shallow” with Shayk in the front row, the connection looked to break apart.
Cooper and Gaga both said that their connection was completely professional.
Shayk and Cooper split up in 2019, but they are still good friends and co-parent their daughter.
“She’s one of the most gorgeous women in the world, but she’s actually extremely low-key; you never hear her speak publicly about her relationships,” a person close to Shayk noted.
“She is a gentle lady who is a loving mother to her kid, but she is also quietly ambitious in her job and quite intelligent.
“A creative cooperation with Kanye would be really exciting for her.”
We didn’t hear back from West or Shayk’s representatives.