Kanye West’s Dating History: From Sumeke Rainey to Irina Shayk

Los Angeles: American rapper Kanye West and reality star Kim Kardashian got separated earlier this year after seven years of marriage. While papers of their divorce are yet to be sealed, the ‘Power’ singer seems to have moved on already. West has been out and about in the city with Russian-born model Irina Shayk and the new couple has everyone’s eyes on them. 

While Kanye has now eyes set on the A-lister, let us take you through a timeline of his dating history. 

Sumeke Rainey

Before making it big in the music industry, Kanye was dating his high school sweetheart Sumeke Rainey. On the 2004 song Never Let Me Down from his debut album The College Dropout, Ye talked about marrying Sumeke as he rapped: ‘Nothing sad as that day my girl’s father passed away / So I promised to Mr. Rainey I’m gonna marry your daughter.’ 

However, the high-school romance of the two came to an end after Kanye became the next big thing in Hollywood. 

Alexis Phifer

Kanye dated designer Alexis Phifer in 2002 and announced split in 2004. However, the couple reunited in 2006 and ended up getting engaged subsequently that year. Citing a conflict, the couple announced separation in 2008. 

Brooke Crittendon

Kanye dated Harlem Nights actress Brooke Crittendon in 2006, during a split from Alexis. Brooke later told The Sun of their relationship: ‘I was very naive. I was a normal girl and in my life you meet a guy, you go on three dates and that’s your boyfriend. But he was a superstar and it got too much for me to handle.

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Amber Rose

West began dating Philadelphia stripper-turned-model Amber Rose from 2008-2010. The extremely public relationship garnered attention and criticism alike. Later, Rose claimed that West broke up with her due to his interest in Kim Kardashian and ended up calling the reality star a “homewrecker” in 2012. She also said that she felt bullied by the Yeezy designer.

Selita Ebanks

From walking the red carpet beside West to starring in his music video Runaway, Selita Ebanks also counts as one of Kanye’s exes. 

Kim Kardashian


Kanye and Kim met in 2003 but chose to remain just friends while dating other people for several years. The pair dates quietly before going public with their relationship in 2012. After the birth of their first daughter North, West popped the question to the new mom in October 2013. The couple tied the knot on May 24, 2014. 

Irina Shayk

West is currently reported to be dating Irina Shayk following split from Kardashian.“Kanye and Irina are seeing each other. It’s casual at the moment, but they are into each other,” a source told Page Six. 

Shayk has appeared in rapper’s 2010 music video for “Power” and walked for his Paris Fashion Week in 2012. 

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