When we first learned that Kanye West’s first order of post-divorce business was to jump into a casual relationship with Irina Shayk, I was absolutely thrilled. Because there’s nothing I love more than seeing what genius fashion designer and control freak Kanye West does to one of his muses come Met Gala time. Would Irina show up in an ugly down-filled nylon tube gown that makes her look like a compacted small intestine? Only time would tell, but as time would tell it, I’m probably never going to get my wish because Kanye and Irina might be close to done.
The last time we checked in on Kanye and Irina’s relationship, sources were saying that Kanye “liked where things were headed.” That made it seem like things could be getting serious between the two of them. Or, at the very least, there was a heavy implication that their relationship status might merit another expensive trip to France. Page Six’s sources say that’s what Kanye was planning, but it didn’t really work out for him. Kanye recently invited Irina to attend a fashion show with him in Paris and she brushed him off. And she might have done so because she isn’t into him like that.
“She likes him as a friend, but doesn’t want a relationship with him,” says our source, explaining that the stunner said no to the trip in order to avoid the headlines.
“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 continued. “It would have been another month of news saying that they are dating.”
One source claimed that Irina and Kanye’s trip to France for his birthday last month was a totally platonic one:
Our source tells us, “She went to his birthday party as a friend. There were 50 other people there.”
I’m frankly the most shocked that Kanye has 50 people that would come to his birthday party. I guess I just assumed his nearest and dearest was a tight-knit circle that included Kanye, Kanye’s massive ego, Riccardo Tisci, Carine Roitfeld, and about half a dozen full-length mirrors. Another source adds that Irina is very happy to be single at the moment, that she has no interest in dating anyone. Irina and Kanye have reportedly been friends for years, and that they might have even dated, pre-Kim Kardashian. So it sort of checks out that maybe she was just attending that trip as a friend, considering they’ve known each other for a decade or more.
Obviously, a free trip to Paris is a free trip to Paris, which is the kind of thing to really make a person weigh out the pros and cons of it all. But I think if Irina really does want to be just friends with Kanye, turning down that trip was a smart idea. Everything I know about being a friend I learned from Dionne Warwick’s “That’s What Friends Are For.” And you can only keep smiling and keep shining so much, before you officially can’t take another minute trapped in a private jet while Kanye yells about how Walmart should have known that ugly shoes are his thing!