Rumors that Kanye West and Irina Shayk are dating have seemingly been confirmed, as photos show the couple taking a stroll together while staying in France for his 44th birthday earlier this week.
On Tuesday, Kanye’s estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, 40, posted a family photo to Instagram, including their four children, and wrote: “love u for life.” She wished the rapper a happy birthday.
However, meanwhile, in Provence, France, Kanye, with a massive smile on his face, was spotted in a series of paparazzi photos enjoying a romantic getaway with Russian supermodel Irina Shayk, 35.
Irina famously dated actor Bradley Cooper from 2015 until 2019, and they share a daughter, Lea De Seine Shayk Cooper.
They were photographed taking a stroll together around the grounds of Villa La Coste, a luxury boutique hotel situated amid gorgeous countryside which was closed to the public.
It is believed that Kanye West, who has been listed more than once in Forbes‘ Billionaires list, rented the entire property for himself and Irina, who reportedly checked in on Sunday and left on Wednesday.
Looking relaxed and comfortable with each other in the location, which prides itself as an “international destination for art, architecture, and natural beauty,” Kanye was pictured stopping to take some photos of his new lady love.
The couple also appeared to be doing a spot of sightseeing, as they took a trip to the Château La Coste Art Centre, where they took photos together.
France seems to be a popular destination for Kanye West, who took estranged wife Kim Kardashian there in 2012 when she famously sat in the front row of his runway show at Paris Fashion Week.
The former couple — who are currently finalizing their divorce — also had a party at the Palace of Versailles, Paris, before traveling to Florence, Italy, for their luxury wedding in 2014.
Irina Shayk lives in New York City and co-parents 4-year-old daughter Lea De Seine with Bradley Cooper.
Two people have spoken to TMZ and Page Six and have given conflicting statements about the timeline of the romance between the musician and model.
An insider told Page Six that they have recently started dating and added: “Kanye and Irina met up at the beginning of spring and had been in touch since, but they did not start regularly ‘seeing each other’ until a few weeks ago.”
However, according to TMZ, Kanye and the stunner have been going strong for several months.
The source said: “Sources connected to the new couple tell TMZ … Ye and Irina have been together for months, seeing each other as early as March.”
Several sources close to Kim Kardashian have spoken out since the photos of her husband and Irina have surfaced.
Talking to Page Six, a person close to Kim said that she is happy for Kanye and Irina, and the insider added: “Kim is fine with it. She just wants him to be happy and healthy. Kim is studying and focused on the kids. She’s not looking to jump into anything but is keeping an open mind.”
Observers say that things could get serious pretty quickly between the twosome.