After speculation about a budding relationship began to circulate, model Irina Shayk has allegedly begun distancing herself from rapper Kanye West.
The two have been seen together on a number of occasions, including on a trip to France, where West was celebrating his 44th birthday.
Shayk, 33, was formerly in a relationship with Bradley Cooper, with whom she shares a 4-year old daughter, Lea. Shayk mentioned at the time wanting more commitment from Cooper but appears now to be focusing on herself.
In regards to her alleged connection with West, “She likes him as a friend, but doesn’t want a relationship with him,” a source told Page Six.
The statement came shortly after Shayk turned down an invitation from West to attend a couture show in Paris with him.
“She doesn’t want the association that they are dating, which is what would have run in the press if she showed up [in Paris with him],” the source added. “It would have been another month of news saying that they are dating.”
The source also went on to explain that Shayk is “happy being single.”
“She doesn’t want to be linked with anyone right now,” the source concluded. Despite this, another source alleged that the two had been privately dating for a number of weeks back in June, but clarified that the relationship was “casual.”
The two have already been friends for a number of years. In the past, Shayk modeled for West’s brand Yeezy, and appeared in the music video for his 2010 hit “Power.”
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