Kanye West and model Irina Shayk spark dating rumors after being spotted vacationing together in France for his birthday

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Kanye West was spotted vacationing in France with supermodel Irina Shayk. Daniele Venturelli/WireImage/Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Sean Combs
  • Kanye West and Irina Shayk are rumored to be dating after being spotted together in France.

  • Daily Mail published pictures of the two reportedly taken at a luxury villa on the rapper's birthday.

  • Shayk previously appeared in a music video for West's 2010 song "Power."

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Kanye West and supermodel Irina Shayk were spotted vacationing together in France, sparking rumors that the two are a couple, according to reports from Page Six and People.

The Daily Mail published photos on Wednesday afternoon showing Shayk and West at a luxury villa in Provence, France, with a group of people. It appears that there are photos from at least two occasions the pair stepped out together, based on Shayk's change in outfits - the supermodel is seen wearing black pants and a white crop top in one set, and an all-white outfit in another.

The publication reported that the two were photographed while taking a walk around the villa on West's birthday on Tuesday.

While it is unclear how serious the rumored couple might be based on the photos and unconfirmed reports, TMZ reported that Shayk and West are "100% romantically together," without confirming the exact status of the two. TMZ was the first to report that the two were spotted holidaying together in France.

Giving some insight into the relationship between the model and the rapper, an unnamed source told People magazine on Wednesday that West "started pursuing [Shayk] a few weeks ago."

"Kanye is a persuasive guy," the source told People. "He hung out with her in NYC before they celebrated his birthday in France."

"She seems smitten. He invited her to France and she happily accepted," the source added. "They are not officially dating, but there is an interest from both sides."

The same anonymous source told People that Shayk and West were spending time together at Villa La Coste, a luxury boutique hotel in Provence with neverending views of hills.

Over a decade before they were spotted together in France, Shayk made an appearance in the 2010 music video for West's single "Power." That same year, West mentioned the Russian supermodel by name in his song "Christian Dior Denim Flow."

"I'm wilding, I'm on a thousand, I wanna see Irina Shayk next to Doutzen," the lyrics said. The song also named a number of other supermodels like Doutzen Kroes, Joan Smalls, and Alessandra Ambrosio.

Representatives for Shayk and West did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

West recently split from his wife of seven years, Kim Kardashian

In February, Kardashian officially filed for divorce from West after weeks of rumors that they'd split. West responded to Kardashian's filing two months later by requesting joint custody of the couple's four young children and asking for no spousal support to be awarded to either of them.

While the exact status of the divorce proceedings is unclear, the couple appears to share a friendly, or at least cordial, relationship. Kardashian posted an Instagram photo of herself, West, and their children to celebrate the rapper's birthday on Tuesday.

"Love U for Life!" she captioned the photo.

West is not the only one with a famous ex. Shayk previously dated "The Hangover" actor Bradley Cooper for four years. The couple, who broke up in 2019, share a 4-year-old daughter, Lea.

Before dating Cooper, Shayk was in a relationship with Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo for five years.

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