Oh Hello, Kanye West And Irina Shayk Are Reportedly Dating

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Photo credit: Getty Images

In celebrity relationship news you didn't see coming, following the mind-blowing and pop-culture dominating revival of 'Bennifer', there are now rumours that Kanye West and Irina Shayk are a thing?

First, it was just rumours. Then pictures surfaced of the couple together (which, you can read more about below). Are they just friends? Perhaps. But the circumstances of the photos (a birthday trip in a romantic city) and the single status of both respected individuals has now raised eyebrows.

Earlier this year, following months of prolonged and mounting chatter online, West and Kim Kardashian filed for divorce. Neither West nor Kardashian, who married in 2014 and share four children together, have publicly commented on the rumours and, in fact, West has been keeping a particularly low profile. The only nugget we've heard from Kardashian came via her reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians in clips where the beauty mogul was seen visibly upset and crying over the problems in her marriage.

Shayk has been single for the last two years since splitting from Bradley Cooper - with whom she shares a daughter, Lea. The former couple are thought to be on good terms though, with the two parents recently pictured hugging and catching up on the streets of New York.

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Photo credit: Jon Kopaloff - Getty Images

All this has led us up to this point: A Kanye and Irina rumoured coupling. So, what do we actually know about these rumours?

Are Kanye West and Irina Shayk dating?

We don't know, but here we shall present and discuss the evidence. At the end of May rumours surfaced on internet gossip sites like Deuxmoi. However the anonymous person behind the website was unable to confirm the rumours and put it out there that Shayk and West could just be friends.

But then, on May 9, the Daily Mail published photographs showing West and Shayk together, with a group of friends and members of the Yeezy founder's team walking in some beautiful grounds in Provence, France.

The blurry pictures don't suggest any instant romance between the pair - they just show that they were there together. According to the news outlet, the two are staying in a boutique hotel in the region.

On the same day the photos were taken, People reported that the two are romantically involved, but it's not yet known how serious the relationship is. 'He started pursuing her a few weeks ago. Kanye is a persuasive guy,' a source told the outlet. 'He hung out with her in NYC... She seems smitten. He invited her to France and she happily accepted. They are not officially dating, but there is an interest from both sides.'

The trip together is also of significance because it fell over West's 44th birthday, so could be interpreted as a celebratory birthday trip.

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For West's birthday, Kardashian paid tribute to her estranged spouse on Instagram, sharing a picture of her family - including three of their children - and writing, 'Happy Birthday Love U for Life! 馃巿[sic]'

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Photo credit: Dimitrios Kambouris - Getty Images

How do Kanye West and Irina Shayk know each other?

It's unknown how friendly the couple were before spending more time together recently. However, they did know each other prior to the dating rumours. In 2010, the model starred in West's music video for 'Power', portraying an angel sat on a throne in front of the musician.

West also later namechecked the model in one of his songs (as he's done with several models before including Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen and Bar Refaeli) 'Christian Dior Denim' where he rapped: 'I wanna see Irina Shayk next to Doutzen [Kroes].'

So, are Kanye West and Irina Shayk just friends?

It's possible! Perhaps they are just hanging out for his birthday as pals.

We'll update this article as the information rolls in...

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