The two have reportedly been seeing each other since March, with one of their hangout sessions taking place the following month in New York, when he was in town for DMX's celebration of life.
Around that same time, Shayk was spotted wearing a custom DMX memorial shirt – designed by Balenciaga and commissioned by the Yeezy brand – before the merch was even available to the public.
The timeline of this unexpected situationship is curious, to say the least, considering Kim Kardashian only filed for divorce from the father of her four children in February.
But West and Shayk – who has one child by Cooper – actually go back much farther than that.
In 2010, Irina was featured as an angel in Kanye's Power music video, and in 2012, the model strutted her stuff on the catwalk of the Yeezy designer's fall/winter collection during Paris Fashion Week. Kim famously sat front row during that show.
Fast-forward to June 8, 2021 – the day Ye turned 44.
West and Shayk are said to be together in the sense that they are hooking up, with sources saying it's unclear how serious their relationship is at this point.
However, they were photographed the following day arriving back to the United States together from their European tryst.
Soon after, another anonymous tipster doubled down on the first person's claims by saying that the two were "def dating."
"I think [Kim's] relieved over the divorce and being liberated from the relationship. She's never stayed friends with her exes, she just moves on. And she has moved on from Kanye, she's already closed the door on that one," a source recently said, adding that "once she's cut ties – you just don't exist to her any more...there's no sentimentality at all."
An insider previously said that "Kim is trying to ensure things are as amicable as possible – because the last thing she wants is to hit a nerve with Kanye that will set him off. She doesn't want him having a meltdown and going on a rant." But this was seemingly before Ye had moved on to a younger supermodel with fewer kids and less fame.
"Kimye" share 7-year-old daughter North West, 5-year-old son Saint West, 3-year-old daughter Chicago West and 2-year-old son Psalm West.
At the time, it was rumored that Lady Gaga may have had something to do with it, as it was said that there were off-screen sparks between the musician and her A Star Is Born co-star, but the two never went on to date (at least not publicly).