“Kanye and Irina met in early spring and have been in touch ever since, but they only started ‘seeing’ each other regularly a few weeks ago,” the source said. “He was chasing her.”
It clearly worked: West, 44, and Shayk, 35, were seen on holiday in Provence, France, on Tuesday on the heels of his birthday, then Page Six confirmed that the two have been dating quietly for several weeks.
“Kanye and Irina hang out. It’s casual at the moment, but they’re in love,” an insider told us on Wednesday. “It’s been going on for a few weeks now.”
On Wednesday they have returned to the US after their French trip, who disembarked at a New Jersey airport, although they didn’t leave together.
West had already spotted Shayk before the spring: he threw in the then relatively unknown model his music video for “Power” in 2010, the same year she got a shout-out in his song ‘Christian Dior Denim Flow’. Two years later, she walked in his catwalk show during Paris Fashion Week.
The rapper’s admirer’s approach to Shayk matches the way he pursued his now estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, back in the days.
“I met him, I think, in 2002 or 2003,” Kardashian, now 40, told Ryan Seacrest during the 10-year anniversary special of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” which aired in 2017. “He was recording a song with Brandy, and I was her boyfriend. I vividly remember hanging out with him, and then they made a video together so I could see him a few times. He asked his friends : ‘Who is this Kim Kardashian?’ He didn’t know my name.”
The two kept in touch and West kept asking about Kardashian until he finally invited her to Paris – ironically, for the same show Shayk came in. Their relationship blossomed from there and they married in 2014.
Kardashian filed for divorce from West in February. The estranged couple shares four children: North, 7, Saint, 5, Chicago, 3, and Psalm, 2.
Meanwhile, Shaik, shares daughter Lea, 4, with ex Bradley Cooper.
A representative for West did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.
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