OK! has exclusively obtained photos of the rapper's barricaded Los Angeles residence, surrounded by a 50 ft. plastic wall.
Despite only calling it quits with the mother of his children North, 7, Saint, 5, Chicago, 3, and Psalm, 2, a few months ago, it looks like he has happily moved on with the model. "He’s always thought [Irina] was beautiful and they’re both looking forward to seeing where this goes," an insider dished of West's newfound romance.
However, critics aren't so quick to buy the "Power" rapper's relationship with Bradley Cooper's ex, as many are dubbing their romance a giant PR stunt. "For Kanye, it’s about keeping up his image," insisted an industry insider, noting the former U.S. presidential candidate "has a stream of projects coming up" and that a buzzy new relationship is "the best way to be relevant."
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As for Shayk, it's likely she'd be more than happy to take part in the profile-raiser, according to sources. "This is excellent for her career," the source candidly dished. "She's a gorgeous girl, but the path to being a supermodel is sometimes dating someone very famous to put them over the top."
West and Shayk, 35, were previously spotted out and about in Provence, France, on Tuesday, June 8, celebrating the rapper's birthday. In a separate set of images, they were seen arriving at an airport in New Jersey after what seemed to be a very romantic getaway.
Regardless of whether or not their blossoming romance is real, the twosome received the stamp of approval from the KUWTK star — who filed for divorce from West in February after nearly seven years of marriage.
“Kim doesn’t mind because she saw how quiet and respectful Irina was after she broke up with Bradley,” the source said of the former couple, who broke up in 2019 after four years together and share 3-year-old daughter Lea de Seine.
The KKW Beauty founder "wouldn't like" to see her soon-to-be ex-husband with someone "who's going to talk to the press," the source concluded.
Still, while Shayk isn't talking to the press, she may be posing for them!