Just weeks after Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck sent fans into a meltdown over their possible reconciliation, a new celebrity couple has found itself in the spotlight.
The paparazzi photographs of West, 44, and Shayk, 35, taken on Tuesday, the rapper’s birthday, and published by the DailyMail, show the pair during a stroll in Provence, France and appear to confirm reports of a possible relationship that circulated earlier this month by gossip site Deuxmoi.
However, on social media, the possible relationship between the father-of-four and Shayk, who previously dated Cristiano Ronaldo from 2010 to 2015, and Bradley Cooper, who she shares a child with, from 2015 to 2019, has sparked mixed reactions among fans, with many seemingly confused by the coupling.
“Kanye and Irina are such a random pairing,” one person tweeted on Wednesday, while another said: “I would have never put Irina Shayk and Kanye together. Like... ever. Maybe I’m out of the loop on that one.”
Someone else wrote: “Wow Kanye and Irina. I don’t know how to feel.”
Others were critical of the Russian model’s choice in men, with some calling Shayk’s alleged relationship with West a “downgrade,” while someone else questioned whether her type is simply “rich dudes”.
“This is a downgrade for Irina,” one person wrote, while someone else tweeted: “I mean is Kanye and Irina really that random? She dated Ronaldo and Bradley Cooper before. Like what even is her type? Rich dudes?”
The rumours of a relationship between the rapper and the model also prompted some fans to express concern for Kardashian, who filed for divorce from her husband of almost seven years in February.
“This absolutely turns my stomach. How he could just bounce back so quickly after divorce is beyond me. My heart breaks for Kim…” one person tweeted.
The photos of West and Shayk also come after the Skims founder publicly wished the 44-year-old a happy birthday on Tuesday, tweeting a photo of herself, West, and three of their children along with the caption: “Happy Birthday. Love U for Life!”
Last week, fans also saw the reality star break down over the end of her marriage during an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, which saw Kardashian reveal that she feels like a “failure”.
As of now, neither West nor Shayk have commented on their alleged relationship.