May 17, 2022

Kanye West’s initial romance with Russian model Irina Shayk happened way before he married Kim Kardashian.

West, 44, and Shayk, 35, were spotted vacationing in Provence, France, on Tuesday, just days after West’s birthday, and the two have been quietly dating for several weeks, according to a source who said, “it’s casual at the moment, but they’re into each other.”

However, a source in the music industry said, “Kanye was with Irina briefly before Kim. He had pursued her a long time ago.”

Irina Valeryevna Shaykhlislamova, also known as Irina Shayk, has a decade-long fashion relationship with West. She previously modeled for Yeezy and appeared in the music video for his 2010 single, “Power.” He also made a reference to her in his track “Christian Dior Flow,” writing, “I want to see Irina Shayk next to Doutzen.”

Whatever they had at the time was fleeting. Shayk began dating soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo in 2010, and Kanye made his relationship with Kim public in 2012.

Nonetheless, some showbiz insiders have been taken aback by West’s sudden new romance with Shayk.

However, the source added that Kim is happy for them, saying, “Everyone in the family — including Kim — wants Kanye to be happy, and they wish him well.

According to the insider, “For Kanye, it’s about keeping up his image … He has a stream of projects coming up. Plus, this is excellent for her career. She’s a gorgeous girl, but the path to being a supermodel is sometimes dating someone very famous to put them over the top. ”

Shayk’s colorful dating history has frequently been the subject of showbiz gossip: she was in a five-year relationship with soccer superstar Ronaldo until early 2015, when they split amid rumors of Ronaldo’s infidelity.

In April of that year, she began dating Bradley Cooper. They welcomed a daughter, Lea, two years later. However, the relationship appeared to fall apart as his chemistry with Lady Gaga soared in 2018’s “A Star is Born,” but both Gaga and Cooper maintained their relationship was strictly professional.

Shayk and Cooper ended their relationship in 2019 but have remained amicable and continue to co-parent their daughter.