If you thought that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West getting a divorce was the wildest news of 2021, think again. Kanye West might be dating model (and Bradley Cooper’s ex) Irina Shayk. The rumour took hold on the Instagram anonymous gossip page @Deuxmoi, which is infamous for not verifying any tips it receives. That being said, the duo does have a working relationship going back 11 years, and more recent ‘clues’ might help turn the rumour into verified news. Here’s everything we know so far.
“Kanye West is now secretly dating Irina Shayk aka Bradley Cooper’s baby mama,” a source wrote to @Deuxmoi, as reported in the Daily Mail—along with all the other celebrity publications one can think of. At the time, many were quick to question whether the duo is actually dating. Later that day, a second source claimed that the rapper and Shayk are “definitely dating.” Although the report seems dubious, @Deuxmoi has an impressive track record for breaking this kind of news.
The supermodel first encountered West back in 2010 when she appeared in his ‘Power’ music video as a rose-gold entrenched angel, sporting a set of CGI-created wings.
She must have made some kind of impression on West—how could she not?—because he also included her in the lyrics for ‘Christian Dior Denim Flow’ later that year on the list of women he would like to get to know better. “I’m wilding, I’m on a thousand. I wanna see Irina Shayk next to Doutzen,” he wrote in the song.
Then, in 2012, Shayk walked in West’s Paris Fashion Week show for his Fall/Winter collection. Whether West had already started laying the foundation for a potential romance in those early years instead of a friendship remains unclear but doubtful. What really ignited the dating flames happened on 26 April 2021, when the model was spotted wearing a DMX shirt created in partnership with West and Balenciaga. ‘Was Shayk sending the paparazzi a message or was it just a fashion choice?’ was the question on everyone’s lips.
It took until 24 May for the rumour to appear on @Deuxmoi, but it didn’t take much time for sources to offer up Kim Kardashian’s reported reaction. “She’s not bothered at all about it, no one in her circle appears to care or believe it,” an insider told The Sun. “Even if it is true, I doubt she’ll even be upset at this point.” Good on you, Kim.
So far, there’s been no word on what Cooper thinks about his ex-girlfriend possibly enjoying West’s company, but as a notoriously private actor, I highly doubt there will be any official word from him. And good on him, too! If this pair-up is really happening, it would fit into West’s supposed desire to date “an artist or a creative person” in his next relationship, according to a Page Six source. Shayk isn’t a musician, but her work in fashion and their decade-long work history together is why I’ll be keeping this possible couple on my radar.