West had his eye on Shayk even before the spring: He cast the then-relatively unknown model in his music video for “Power” in 2010, the same year she got a shout-out in his song “Christian Dior Denim Flow.” Two years later, she walked in his runway show during Paris Fashion Week.
The rapper’s suitor approach to Shayk jibes with how he pursued his now-estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, back in the day.
“I met him, I think, in 2002 or 2003,” Kardashian, now 40, told Ryan Seacrest during the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” 10th anniversary special, which aired in 2017. “He was recording a song with Brandy, and I was her friend. I vividly remember hanging out with him, and then they did a video together, so I’d see him a few times. He was asking his friends: ‘Who is this Kim Kardajan?’ He didn’t know what my name was.”
The two kept in touch, and West kept asking about Kardashian until he finally invited her to Paris — ironically, for the same show Shayk walked in. Their relationship blossomed from there, and they married in 2014.
Kardashian filed for divorce from West in February. The estranged couple share four children: North, 7, Saint, 5, Chicago, 3, and Psalm, 2.