Irina Shayk is a successful model and actress, who’s adorned the cover of magazines such as Vogue and Elle, as well as appeared in Hollywood films and music videos.
Although the Russian model has excelled professionally, she’s experienced heartbreak over the years, with several long-term relationships coming to an end with her high-profile beaus.
But just who is Irina Shayk? And what does the rapper’s ex Kim Kardashian think about the new romance?
Here is everything we know so far…
How old is Irina Shayk?
Irina Shayk is 35 years old.
What does Irina Shayk do for a living?
Irina Shayk is a model and actress.
She started her modelling career at the age of 19 and she hustled to get noticed. In an interview with British Vogue in January, she said she begged her agency to send her somewhere in a quest to make her big break.
“[I remember] going to my agency and saying, ‘Send me somewhere else, because I need to make money,'” she recalled. “I went to Spain and booked a catalogue for Lacoste, went to the Caribbean to shoot it, and I made, I don’t know, €4,000 [approx. $6000]? My mum cried for days. In America my first break was Sports Illustrated.”
Shayk went on to dominate the modelling world. She has featured on the cover of countless magazines, featured in advertising campaigns for La Perla, Armani and Guess, and walked the runways for Louis Vuitton, Versace and Givenchy, just to name a few.
In 2019, Shayk beat out the likes of models such as Alessandra Ambrosio and Emily Ratajkowski to be crowned Queens of Swimwear by lingerie and swimwear giant Bluebella.
All big achievements for someone who was once paid $1 a day growing up in Russia.
“I had to work picking potatoes and tomatoes because that was a way to make money in our little town,” she told Hello! in 2015. “During the summers, they paid me $20 for 30 days’ work painting the local hospital. I still work with that hospital today and it’s very gratifying to be able to give back what they gave me.”
These days, Shayk has added ‘actress’ to her resume, making her debut on the big screen as Megara in the 2014 blockbuster Hercules.
Who has Irina Shayk dated?
Irina Shayk previously dated Hollywood A-lister Bradley Cooper, although the pair called it quits on their four-year-long relationship in 2019.
Neither party cited a reason for the split and kept tight-lipped about it. But Irina did admit it took a while to find her feet following the split, especially since she and Cooper shared a four-year-old daughter, Lea De Seine.
“Life without B is new ground,” she told British Vogue in January. “It’s hard to find a balance between being a single mom and being a working woman and provider. Trust me, there are days I wake up and I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, I don’t know what to do, I’m falling apart.'”
Before dating Cooper, Shayk dated Cristiano Ronaldo from 2010 to 2015. According to rumours, the pair broke up because Shayk didn’t get along with Ronaldo’s mother, which her reps have rubbished.
“We can confirm Irina Shayk has ended her relationship to Cristiano Ronaldo of five years. She has been close with his family throughout the course of their relationship,” a rep for the model told Us Weekly at the time.
“Any negative rumours with regards to Irina and the Ronaldo family are completely false, and have not been a factor in the cause of the spilt. Irina has no further comment at the time.”
Is Irina Shayk dating Kanye West?
With Kardashian taking the time to focus on herself and her four children with the rapper, West has reportedly dipped his toe back in the dating pool again — apparently moving on with the Russian model.
Speculation of a romance was first sparked by blind tips sent to celebrity gossip account, DeuxMoi. Word on the street was the model has been “secretly dating” West amid his divorce to Kardashian.
E! News soon backed the reports, with an insider telling the outlet, “They have been seeing each other for several weeks. Kanye has been flying in and out of New York to be with her.”
Have Kanye West and Irina Shayk gone public with their relationship?
Kanye West and Irina Shayk were seen in public together for the first time in paparazzi photos released on June 9. The new couple were disembarking a private jet on the tarmac in Teterboro, New Jersey, after enjoying a romantic getaway in France for the rapper’s 44th birthday.
Although they arrived in the same private jet, Page Six reports the couple were then whisked away in separate cars.
The pair reportedly spent three nights together at Villa La Coste and were seen sightseeing in the countryside where he took photos of Shayk.
“They were taking pictures of each other and the sculptures,” an eyewitness told E! News. “They looked incredibly happy and relaxed. It was just them and a few friends.
“Kanye photographed Irina any chance he could. She loved posing for him and he got very into what he was creating with his photographs. She looks like his muse.”
How did Irina Shayk and Kanye West meet?
Shayk and West reportedly first met more than 10 years ago, on the set of the music video for his song ‘Power’.
The music video West filmed back in 2010 has since resurfaced and it shows Shayk playing his muse in the clip.
In the footage released in August 2010, West could be seen playing a god-like figure as Shayk sits on a throne in front of him as his muse or queen ad other models — Jessica White and Diandra Forrest — frolic nearby.
“Kanye and Irina have known each other for years through the fashion industry,” a source told E! News. “They were connected through their mutual friend group and [designer] Riccardo Tisci.”
Shayk also modelled for West’s label Yeezy, walking in his runway show during Paris Fashion Week in 2012.
Has Kim Kardashian spoken out about Kanye West and Irina Shayk’s relationship?
Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from Kanye West in February, but they have remained friends. While he celebrated his 44th birthday with Shayk in France, Kardashian sent her love from back home in the US.
“Happy Birthday Love U for Life!” she wrote on Instagram alongside a family photo.
According to Us Weekly, the reality TV star has known about the news relationship for a while now. And she has no objections.
“Kim knew that Kanye and Irina were dating,” said the source, who added that West has been “quietly seeing” the model for “a couple of months”.
“Kim doesn’t mind because she saw how quiet and respectful Irina was after she broke up with Bradley,” the source continued, explaining that Kardashian wouldn’t like to see her ex move on with someone “who’s going to talk to the press”.
The exes share four children together: North, seven, Saint, five, Chicago, three, and Psalm, two.
Is Irina Shayk on social media?
Yes, Irina Shayk is on Instagram under the username @irinashayk. She has more than 15 million followers on the social media platform.
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