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Is Kanye West Dating Irina Shayk?

The billionaire rapper is said to be dating Bradley Cooper’s ex-girlfriend, Irina Shayk.

Published Jun 10, 2021

Updated Oct 25, 2021
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 10: Kanye West seen leaving Michiko Sushino restaurant with his daughter North West in Queen's Park on October 10, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images) (Neil Mockford/GC Images)
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In June 2021, billionaire rapper Kanye West began dating Irina Shayk, actor Bradley Cooper’s ex-girlfriend.

Following a divorce filing from reality television star Kim Kardashian in February 2021, Kanye West made headlines in June 2021 when it was rumored that he had started dating Bradley Cooper’s ex-girlfriend, Irina Shayk.

West and the Russian model were seen together in France in early June, according to photographs obtained by People magazine. A source reportedly told the publication that Kardashian had known about their romance “for weeks.”

"It doesn't bother Kim that Kanye is dating," the unnamed source told People Magazine. "Her only concern is their kids. She wants Kanye to be present and spend as much time with them as possible. The kids love when Kanye is around."

Buzzfeed reports that the budding relationship isn’t all that random. Shayk appeared in his “Power” music video in 2011 and was also one of the models he names in the 2010 song, “Christian Dior Denim Flow.” Shayk has also reportedly modeled for West’s fashion collection at Paris Fashion Week.

Snopes was not able to independently confirm the relationship between West and Shayk. However, in June, an “inside source” was said to have told US Magazine that the duo was dating that that West’s ex, Kim Kardashian West, “knew” they were dating before the news went public. But two months later, the tabloid reported that West and Shayk had “decided to go their separate ways.” 

“Kanye and Irina are over, but they never really started, there’s nothing going on there,” US Magazine reported a source having exclusively told its staff. 

As such, we have rated this article as "Outdated" following news of the couple's split. 


Jokic, Natasha. “Kanye West And Irina Shayk Are Rumored To Be A Thing Right Now, And It’s Not As Random As You Might Think.” BuzzFeed, https://www.buzzfeed.com/natashajokic1/kanye-west-irina-shayk-dating-rumors. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

June 10, Ally Mauch, and 2021 01:11 Pm. “Kim Kardashian Has Known About Kanye West’s Relationship with Irina Shayk for ‘Weeks,’ Source Says.” PEOPLE.Com, https://people.com/tv/kim-kardashian-has-known-about-kanye-wests-relationship-with-irina-shayk-for-weeks-source-says/. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

June 10, Tomás Mier, and 2021 12:25 Pm. “See Kanye West and Irina Shayk Together in France After Model ‘Happily Accepted’ His Invitation.” PEOPLE.Com, https://people.com/music/kanye-west-pictured-with-irina-shayk-france/. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

“Kanye West and Irina Shayk Officially Split.” Us Weekly, 21 Aug. 2021, https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/kanye-west-irina-shayk-officially-split-details/.

“Kim Kardashian Files to Divorce Kanye West.” Snopes.Com, https://www.snopes.com/ap/2021/02/19/kimye-is-no-more-kardashian-files-to-divorce-west/. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

"No Drama! Kanye West and Irina Shayk ‘Are Still Friends’ After Split.” Us Weekly, 10 Sept. 2021, https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/kanye-west-irina-shayk-are-still-friends-after-split/.


Update [Oct. 25, 2021]: Removed “Rumor Alert” from the headline and updated the claim rating to “Outdated” following news of the rumored couples’ split.

Madison Dapcevich is a former writer for Snopes.

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