After years of friendship and months of flirty behavior, the rapper, 34, and Kim Kardashian have finally promoted their relationships to the next level, a source confirms to the reporters.
“They’ve been friends for years,” the source explains of the two, 31, who were seen getting cozy during Paris Fashion Week last month. “Kim is ready to give it a try now.”
“Kim and Kanye have now just started dating,” another source close to the situation confirmed. The new couple is keeping things “light” for the moment, but “they’re seeing where it goes,” the insider added.
The source added Kim (currently locked in a bitter divorce battle with Kris Humphries) is currently staying in the Big Apple because of a Friday guest-hosting gig on TODAY. “But she’s hanging out with Kanye a lot.”
According to US Weekly, on Wednesday night, the pair was spotted going on a movie date in NYC to see The Hunger Games.
“Their night continued with a visit to “Sleep No More,” a popular interactive theater experience loosely based on Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” the insider revealed.
The twosome reunited over lunch Thursday afternoon with four other friends at Serafina Restaurant on the Upper East Side. “They were just giggling and having a nice time,” an eyewitness assured.
Kardashian, 31, and West, 34, haven’t been shy about their admiration for one another. The rapper has made several appearances on Kardashian’s E! reality shows, while Kardashian has shown her support by attending West’s presentation at Paris Fashion Week last month.
As the New York Daily News writes, in his new song, “Thera Flu,” the rapper professes his love for Kardashian while also taking a dig at Humphries, who plays for the New Jersey Nets, owned by good friend Jay-Z:
“I admit I fell in love with Kim/’Round the same time she fell in love with him/That’s cool, babygirl, do your thing/Lucky I ain’t had Jay drop him from the team.”
Last month, Kim managed not to reveal any information of the Kanye rumors with vague non-answers when asked by Ryan Seacrest on his syndicated radio show.
“I’m really not dating right now at all, I’m really just focusing on work,” Kim told Seacrest. “I know I always say this, but I’m trying to just get through my situation and just have fun.”
Earlier this year, model Amber, West’s ex girlfriend, accused Kim of having an affair with Kanye before they split in 2010 while Kim was seeing NFL player Reggie Bush.
She said of Kardashian: “She was sending pictures, and I was like, ‘Kim, just stop. Don’t be that person.’ I thought at least she’d be woman enough to respond to me. She never responded. It’s very important that us women stick together and we don’t f**k each other over like that.”
“But I want to thank her. Because if she was never a homewrecker, then I never would have met Wiz, and I wouldn’t be as happy as I am now,” Amber added.