Rapper Kanye West and Supermodel Irina Shayk
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Kanye West Was Just Spotted Spending His 44th Birthday With Irina Shayk

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Jun. 9 2021, Updated 4:35 p.m. ET

Now that the long romance between Kanye West and Kim Kardashian has come to an end, both Kim and Kanye are free to date other people. Rumors have already begun swirling around Kanye, and he's even spoken out about the kind of person he wants to be in a relationship with now that he is leaving the world of the Kardashians. 

Now, word on the street is that the "Follow God" MC has already jumped into the dating pool with a gorgeous supermodel. Read on to get all the tea.

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After months of rumors, Kanye and Irina Shayk have been spotted on vacation together.

Prior to dating and getting married to Kim Kardashian, Kanye has long been open about his desire and admiration for models. If you're familiar with Kanye's discography, the song "Christian Dior Denim Flow" will instantly ring a bell.

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Throughout the song, Kanye makes references to various supermodels in an effort to stop thinking about his broken heart. He names Selita E. Banks, Coca Rocha, Irina Shayk, and Alessandra Ambrosio. Not to mention, he also alludes to wanting to date model Olga Kurylenko. "Get Olga Kurylenko, tell her I'm very single," he raps on the song.

So, it comes as no surprise that Kanye and Irina's dating rumors have been rampant. According to The Sun — via DeuxMoi — Kanye and the Victoria Secret model have been spending some time together.

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Russian supermodel Irina Shayk
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Not only have Irina and Kanye worked together in the past on the rapper's music video for the song "Power," but she also walked the runway for Kanye's Fall/Winter fashion collection at Paris Fashion Week in 2012.

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On June 9, 2021, Daily Mail confirmed that Kanye and Irina are together celebrating his 44th birthday in France. The publication shared exclusive photos of the rapper and model getting cozy. The pair are staying in "Villa La Coste," a boutique luxury hotel. The pair also reportedly stopped to take pictures of one another on their casual stroll at the end of their four-day stay.

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Kanye previously said that he wants to date an "artist" after Kim.

According to a source speaking with Page Six, Kanye is looking to date someone who better understands him after his relationship with Kim. Apparently, the rapper wants to be “with an artist and a creative person” so “they can speak the same language to each other.” 

Prior to marrying Kim in 2014, Kanye had relationships with models Chanel Iman and Amber Rose, and he was engaged to designer Alexis Phifer in 2006. 

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Kanye's photo with Candace Owens sparked romance rumors.

Thanks in large part to his unwavering support for Donald Trump, Kanye has become a controversial figure in the world of politics. More recently, Kanye has been ensnared to the world of politics thanks to photos of him and Candace Owen, the conservative firebrand known for making controversial claims. Some believe the photos of the two of them mean that a romance is in the offing, but that isn't actually the case. 

In fact, the photos that were recently posted online aren't even from a recent encounter. Instead, they're from a meeting that took place in 2018, when the two met to discuss Blexit, an organization focused on criminal justice reform that also supports the police and stands in sharp opposition to Black Lives Matter. Candace and Kanye have similar politics, but there's no evidence to suggest that they've met since 2018. 

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Kim and Kanye's marriage fell apart in public.

Neither Kim nor Kanye has publicly dated anyone while they work through their divorce. Regardless of their current relationship status, though, there's been plenty of attention paid to the end of their marriage as it played out publicly. Reports suggest that the marriage really began to fall apart following Kanye's TMZ interview in which he suggested that slavery was a choice. 

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An episode of Keeping up With the Kardashians was explicitly focused on the trouble in their marriage, with Kim acknowledging that Kanye was feeling neglected following the birth of their third child. More than a year after that episode aired, Kim and Kanye had a fight on camera over her Met Gala outfit, which he believed was too revealing. 

In addition to the personal fractures in their relationship, Kim and Kanye also began to diverge politically. Kanye found religion, and reevaluated his position on issues ranging from public displays of nudity to abortion. Kim meanwhile, was still doing nude photoshoots and was openly supporting Planned Parenthood. Their lifestyles no longer made any sense together, and it ultimately proved to be a wedge that the couple couldn't overcome. 

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Rapper Kanye West
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Now that the divorce drama is cooling down, Kanye appears to be ready to explore the dating world. He and Irina have a long history of working together and they're both parents, so it's clear they have a lot in common! Here's hoping they will confirm their relationship soon.

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