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Kanye West’s ex-girlfriends and dating history: Kim Kardashian to Irina Shayk

Kanye West’s ex-girlfriends and dating history: Kim Kardashian to Irina Shayk

Kanye West is a single man after seven years of marriage to Kim Kardashian. Now that the ink is drying on the pair’s divorce, the father of four has seemingly moved on with a fellow A-lister: Russian-born model Irina Shayk.

But Kardashian and Shayk are far from Yeezy’s first high-profile partners. Check out a timeline of West’s dating history below.

Sumeke Rainey

Kanye West in 2003.
West was still dating high school sweetheart Sumeke Rainey when he first entered show business.
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West’s high school sweetheart Sumeke Rainey was by the rapper’s side during his music industry come-up.

On his 2004 song “Never Let Me Down,” West rapped of promising Rainey’s father that he’d marry her. The union never came to fruition, however, and the pair split soon after he found fame.

Alexis Phifer

Kanye West and Alexis Phifer in 2007.
Kanye West and Alexis Phifer dated on and off from 2002 to 2008.
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West began dating designer Alexis Phifer casually in 2002, before breaking up in 2004, only to reunite in 2006. The second time around, West popped the question, but the couple broke off their engagement in 2008, citing a conflict with his life on the road.

Their second split also came shortly after West’s mother, Donda West, died of complications following several cosmetic surgery procedures.

Brooke Crittendon

Kanye West and Brooke Crittendon in 2006.
West dated Brooke Crittendon briefly during his year-long split from Alexis Phifer.
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The “College Dropout” artist dated former MTV assistant and aspiring actress Brooke Crittendon during his brief split from Phifer. She accompanied the rapper and his mother to the 2006 Grammys in February, but the pair split by June.

Amber Rose

Kanye West and Model Amber Rose in 2009.
Much of West’s most critically acclaimed album, “My Dark Twisted Fantasy,” was inspired by his relationship with Amber Rose.
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Following his broken engagement to Phifer, West began dating Philadelphia stripper-turned-model Amber Rose. Their 2008-2010 relationship was heavily covered by the press, as was their split.

Rose has since claimed that she and the Yeezy designer split due to West’s interest in Kim Kardashian, going on to call Kardashian a “homewrecker” in 2012.

More recently, Rose slammed the idea that she “soaked up” any positive influence from her famous ex, claiming she felt “bullied” by him.

Selita Ebanks

Selita Ebanks and Kanye West, Sept. 2010
Selita Ebanks briefly dated West during late 2010.
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Model Selita Ebanks briefly dated the musician in 2010, walking several red carpets with the Grammy winner. She also starred in his 2010 music video for “Runaway.”

Kim Kardashian

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in 2020.
Kanye and Kim married in 2014 and share four children.
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While Kanye initially met wife Kim in 2003, they chose to remain just friends while dating other people for several years. Following West’s split from Rose and Kardashian’s split from NFL star Reggie Bush, the pair dated quietly until going public with their relationship in 2012.

Soon after the birth of eldest daughter North, West proposed to the new mom in October 2013, getting down on one knee at AT&T Stadium in San Francisco.

The couple wed on May 24, 2014, in Florence, Italy. 

Unfortunately, the couple just couldn’t beat the Kardashian curse, with Kim filing for divorce in February 2021. In addition to North, the exes share children Saint, Chicago and Psalm.

Irina Shayk

Irina Shayk in New York City, June 2021.
West has seemingly moved on to another A-lister, model Irina Shayk.
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Adding another model to his dating history, West got together with Irina Shayk following his split from Kardashian, sources confirmed to Page Six.

“Kanye and Irina are seeing each other. It’s casual at the moment, but they are into each other,” one insider shared. “It’s been going on for a few weeks now.”

The couple have a professional history: Shayk appeared in the rapper’s 2010 music video for “Power” and walked in his Paris Fashion Week show two years later. West also gave the model a shout-out in his 2010 song “Christian Dior Denim Flow.”

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