Irina Shayk shares topless pic amid Kanye West dating rumors, fans say he's 'lucky AF'
Model Irina Shayk, who has been linked with Kanye West romantically, has given her followers on Instagram something to ogle at. Donning only bikini bottoms and a pair of heels on the beach, she showed off a collaboration with Tamara Mellon, the British fashion entrepreneur who is a co-founder of luxury footwear brand Jimmy Choo.
Shayk wrote “Sun Valley” in the caption to the photo where she donned a pair of canary yellow bikini bottoms and matching heels, as she gazed into the camera. The Russian model’s photo had gained more than 600,000 likes at the time of writing this.
Of course, the comments section was full of references to West. "Damn Kanye, amazing pull," said one fan, while another fan said, "Kanye takes another W". One fan said, "Damn Kanye lucky af." Another proclaimed, "Irina Shayk West'.
Shayk made news late in May when rumors of her romance with Kayne first sparked. Later, the duo was spotted by the paparazzi in France, possibly celebrating the rapper’s birthday. West and Shayk arrived in New Jersey together on Wednesday, June 9, following their romantic getaway to France. They disembarked a shared private jet but reportedly did not leave the airport together.
Sources close to the model, following these reports, claimed that the two are in fact dating. This comes amid the rapper’s divorce from Kim Kardashian. “Kanye and Irina [are] dating,” a source told Us Weekly. “They’ve been quietly seeing each other for a couple of months.”
“Irina and Kanye have been spending time together and getting to know one another,” a second source told the magazine. “He’s always thought she was beautiful and they’re both looking forward to seeing where this goes.”
Sources also told TMZ that the two have been together for months, seeing each other as early as March. The gossip website reported that one of the couple's earlier hangouts happened in New York City in late April when West was there for DMX's celebration of life. The funeral of Earl Simmons aka DMX -- he died on April 9 following multiple organ failure -- took place on April 24 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, led by Kanye West's Sunday Service Choir.
Shayk was reportedly spotted wearing a custom DMX memorial shirt before it was even in the hands of the general public. The custom shirts were designed by Balenciaga and commissioned by the Yeezy brand, and West helped raise over $1 million for DMX's family with the profits.
A source earlier told E! that Shayk was very interested in the rapper. They said, “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.” A second source told the outlet that there was no awkwardness between Shayk and Kardashian: “Irina isn’t friends with Kim at all, so there’s no weirdness there." Another source told E! following West-Shayk dating rumors, “Kim has heard the rumors about Kanye and Irina Shayk and she doesn’t mind at all. If it doesn’t impact her kids, then she doesn’t mind if Kanye dates.”
West and Shayk have something of a history. He had rapped about the model in his 2010 song ‘Christian Dior Denim Flow’ saying, "I wanna see Irina Shayk next to Doutzen". She was also in his music video for his 2010 song ‘Power’. At the time, she was in a relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo. Two years later, she walked the runway in his Yeezy Paris Fashion Week show. After splitting with the footballer, Shayk dated Bradley Cooper until 2019. The former couple shares a daughter, Lea De Seine, who is now four.