Helix Piercings Are Going to Be Everywhere This Summer

You’ve probably seen a helix piercing around. Whether you’re looking for a dainty or bold statement, they’re always perched toward the top of the ear and an easy way to switch up your look. And like the lobe, they’re on their way to becoming a classic. 

Maybe you’ve been thinking about getting a helix piercing for a while to complete your earscape. Maybe this is the first you’re hearing of it, and you want to know what’s so hot about this placement. Either way, we’ve got you covered. Read on to learn what, exactly, a helix is and whether or not piercing it is actually more painful than the rest of the ear. Most important, you’ll learn about essential aftercare from the team at Studs, the millennial’s go-to jewelry brand and piercing studio. Find out everything you need to know about helix piercings, below. 

What is a helix piercing?

You may seen some piercings placed in slightly different locations along the ear and wonder if they all qualify as the helix. The answer is: yes. “A helix piercing is any piercing along the upper and outside cartilage ridge of the ear,” says Studs piercer Shannon Freed. “Anatomically, the helix describes the area of the ear.” However there are names for those different placements. A flat helix lays on the flat part of the inside of your ear, while a forward helix is on the cartilage closest to your face. A snakebite piercing on the helix is when you have two piercings along the ear close to each other.

So whether you’re piercing the top end or somewhere just above the midpoint of your ear—if it’s middle, then it’s a “midi”—you’re still apart of the helix-adorned club.

Do helix piercings hurt? 

Let’s get real about helix piercing pain. Does it actually hurt more than the lobe? “Pain tolerance varies, but generally, your helix will hurt more than your lobes as it is less fleshy,” says Freed. Cartilage tissue is thicker, which can require more force to pierce through resulting in a bit more pain. But the pain is temporary, and your beautiful new piercing is forever. 

How long does a helix piercing take to heal?

“Healing is subjective and is dependent on factors such as your overall health, sleep and stress levels, and your aftercare regimen,” says Freed. Makes sense, as our bodies react and recover from physical stressors at different rates. But if you’re looking for an average estimate, Freed says at least two months. “The initial healing time for a helix piercing is two to four months. For the piercing to be fully healed, it takes six to nine months. Healing timelines will vary based on your specific piercing and your body, but you’ll know your ear is healed once any discharge, swelling, redness, flaking, or soreness stops.”

What about aftercare?

As your new helix piercing heals it should feel less painful. Proper aftercare is key to making sure your new ear piece not only looks great but feels that way too. Freed’s recommendation is to try keeping your hands off of the fresh piercing as much as possible. “Don’t touch or twist,” Freed says. “And spray saline front and back no more than twice a day. You’ll also want to be careful of snags and sleeping on the piercing, as this disrupts the healing process.”

When you are cleaning, it’s important to stick to saline solution. The salt helps to pull out excess discharge while increasing blood circulation. You’ll want to avoid rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or ointments as they can dry out and further irritate your piercing which will extending the total healing time.  

What should I do about infected helix piercings?

“Some people confuse irritation with infection! While some irritation is common, with the right aftercare, there shouldn’t be much infection,” says Freed. “It’s totally normal to experience slight bleeding, ‘crusties’ (dead skin cells), swelling, tenderness, itching, bruising, or soreness. These symptoms will typically only last a few weeks.” But if you experience any symptoms outside of these, Freed recommends checking in with your doctor.

What’s the average cost?

If you’re ready to take the plunge on a helix piercing, plan to spend around $30 on the piercing itself plus the cost of jewelry. Because you’ll want to pick from precious metals like solid gold or titanium, budget at least another $30 for the pretty stuff. If you’re in need of a little inspiration for your new ear bling, scroll on.

Seeing Stars

A classic helix piercing gets a twist with this starbust stud and connecting chain. The final look: a celestial arrangement you’ll dream about. 

In Full Bloom

If you prefer a stud over a hoop but want something a little more eye-catching, a flower earring like this lotus one is the perfect balance. 

A Royal Affair

This colorful snakebite piercing is elegant with a little edge. Dress it up or down depending on your mood.

Miiriya Is Amazon Meets Etsy for Black-Owned Businesses

Shopping from Black-owned businesses just got a lot easier, thanks to the app Miiriya. While we understand the convenience of Amazon and the popularity of Etsy, those retail sites don’t let potential customers purchase exclusively from Black-owned brands. Enter: Miiriya, which gives these companies a platform to sell their fashion, beauty, and lifestyle products in an easily accessible way for consumers.

The name Miiriya is a word from the African language of Bambara/Dioula, which is founder Lamine Loco’s native language. It means “thoughts” and “ideas” or “philosophers” and “thinkers.” The app lets vendors sign up without transaction or listing fees. The vendors receive 100 percent of their earnings; so when you shop, the money is going straight to these small businesses.

“My goal for the site in the community is to run this website in a socialistic way, like Wikipedia and PBS,” Loco writes on the website. “There absolutely no fees for vendors, and all money made from the site will be seeped back into solving different issues in our community. In the future, I plan to have optional donations where the public and vendors can participate, and this website will be used to fund issues we always have to beg to be solved. I plan to put things like community fridges in front of businesses and houses, where people who are hungry in the community can just open them and not have to go without food.”

Loco continues, “I also plan to use any funds to fund the community’s healthcare, education, and more. I want to run this in a different way than other businesses, where the main goal is to make sure no one is left behind. I want to reach a point where if we see someone on the street who is struggling/homeless, we take them off the street, and better their lives. I’d like us to reach a point where we’d fund ourselves so we don’t have to rely and beg outside sources that continuously give us crumbs over the span of decades. Please let someone know this app exists.”

Adele’s Next Album Is Reportedly Coming ‘Soon’

Grab the tissues, because another Adele album is reportedly on the way. And if it’s anything like 19, 21, or 25, it’s going to have us scream-cry-singing in the car for at least a year. Here’s everything we know about the singer’s rumored fourth record.

It’s in the works. A source that spoke with E! revealed that the British songstress “has been very busy focusing on herself this last year…and has spent months in the studio recording her new album.” Yessssss.

It’s about heartbreak. Since she released 25, Adele has split from her husband Simon Konecki, with whom she shares one son. And of course, all that heartbreak will become fodder for her music. “We’re going to hear about her divorce,” the source said, “and what she’s been going through.”

But Adele herself is staying positive. In addition to dealing with her divorce and recording new music, Adele has spent much of the past few years working on herself mentally and physically. “Adele has been hardcore working out five days a week,” says E!‘s insider, adding that the singer is “in such a great place right now mentally and physically.”

When she’s not at the gym, the singer is apparently spending time with her new(ish) beau, rapper Skepta. The pair were first linked in 2020, and E!‘s source says that while “it isn’t serious between them,” they have still “kept in touch and go on dates from time to time. There’s chemistry there but she has had a lot going on this year and wants to stay focused.”

It’ll be out…soon. “The album is going to be released very soon, and she is excited for the world to hear it,” says the insider, though “album’s coming” is a tune we’ve heard from singers before. Fingers crossed, though—we could really use a Sour for grown-ups!

Are Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller the Next A-List Exes To Get Back Together?

While the world has been distracted by the rekindled spectacle of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, Angelina Jolie and her ex-husband Jonny Lee Miller have also hung out…twice. The pair met on the set of 1995’s Hackers and got married in 1996—they split up a year later in 1997, and finalized their divorce in 1999. In the decades since, they’ve both gotten hitched and had kids with other partners before becoming single again. Uh, sounds familiar!

On June 11, the Lara Croft star was spotted entering Miller’s Brooklyn apartment building carrying  an expensive bottle of wine, as seen in pictures published by Page Six. Then on June 15, Jolie was spotted entering the building again, this time bringing something much more precious than a bottle of wine: her son Pax. Mother and son spent about an hour inside, per The Daily Mail.

At an event in 2005

James Devaney, Getty Images

Not to push the comparison too far, but just like Ben and Jen, Angie and Jonny have said really nice things about each other in the press since their split. Not even so much “nice” as “seems like they wish they could have stayed married.”

“He deserves more than I am prepared to give at this time in my life, but there is a very good possibility that we could get married again some time in the future,” Jolie told a reporter at the time of the split, according to The Daily Mail. In a different interview, the Mail reports, Miller said, “there are no regrets and no bitterness.”

In addition to 17-year-old Pax, Angelina Jolie shares her five other children with Brad Pitt; the two are currently in a legal battle over their custody agreement. Miller has one son with ex-wife Michelle Hicks. But in a way, we are all the children of turn-of-the-millennium Hollywood couples. We were raised by them and we will always love them. Together or apart. But ideally together.

24 Very Good Anti-Prime Day Sales You Need on Your Radar

Savvy shoppers may be ready to go all-in on the best Amazon Prime Day deals of 2021 (ICYMI: it’s happening on June 21 and 22 this year), but plenty of other retailers are bringing the heat wit hsome serious anti-Prime Day discounts of their own. If you aren’t a Prime Member—or simply don’t feel the need to shop from Bezos & Co.—we found two dozen sites with equally tempting markdowns.

From Net-a-Porter and Nike to Walmart and Target, the competition is fierce—and there’s a ton of fashion, beauty, and home essentials up for grabs, so make sure to check out all the offers before you hit the checkout button. (Curious minds can compare them against the best Amazon Prime Day deals 2021 Glamour editors will be shopping next week.) Ahead, 24 excellent sales to shop that aren’t on Amazon right now.  

Best Competing Amazon Fashion Deals 2021

Even though Shopbop is technically owned by Amazon, the multibrand retailer is having a seasonal sale of its own, featuring pretty dresses, beach cover-ups, and swimsuits up to 70% off. IFYKYK, but Prime members can score free two-day shipping as well on any Shopbop order. 

Lea Dress Sundress

$152$122

Shopbop

Reina Olga Luca Bikini Set

$165$116

Shopbop

Give your summer wardrobe a boost by shopping Net-a-Porter’s end-of-season sale with up to 50% off designer clothes, accessories, and shoes. 

LoveShackFancy Cotton Midi Dress

$575$345

Net-a-Porter

Peony One-Shoulder Floral Print Swimsuit

$200$140

Net-a-Porter

Matches Fashion has so. many. good. deals happening right now on luxury designers—we’re talking up to 60% (!!) off dresses and sandals as well as fall staples if you’re already prepping your return-to-work wardrobe.

Zimmermann Poppy Floral-Embroidered Midi Dress

$1,050$630

Matches Fashion

Gianvito Rossi Beaded Suede Sandals

$945$378

Matches Fashion

High-five for another epic summer sale, this time over at Moda Operandi. The online retailer’s curation of dresses is *chef’s kiss* good, but if you’re set on floaty pieces for the season, check out its designer deals on bags, shoes, and more currently marked down by 50% off.

Agua by Agua Bendita Miel Dahlia Cotton-Poplin Midi Dress

$550$385

Moda Operandi

Cloe Cassandro Lea Printed Silk Midi Dress

$515$309

Moda Operandi

Elevated slippers are our kind of vibe (hello, beaded fringe)—and Birdies has some seriously cute styles for both indoor and outdoor wear. PS: Did we mention that Meghan Markle’s a fan of the brand?

Birdies The Songbird

$120$95

Birdies

Birdies The Songbird

$140$95

Birdies

It’s not like we ever need a reason to shop at Nordstrom, but in case you do, its Half Yearly Sale just got replenished with fresh styles. Run—don’t walk—to checkout.

Remain Birger Christensen Gladys Back Cutout Cotton Blend Shirt

$220$132

Nordstrom

Reformation Monte Crop Tank & Ankle Joggers

$198$119

Nordstrom

Sneakerheads, take note: Nike is offering 40% off styles that rarely get marked down, meaning now’s your chance to update your rotation of workout shoes with a limited-edition pair, or to snap up some comfy walking sandals for quick errands. 

Nike Air Zoom Winflo 6

$90$65

Nike

Nike Asuna

$45$34

Nike

Denim cutoffs, colorful rompers, breezy blouses—Madewell has a little something for everyone. This week’s deal to take advantage of? 30% off with the code SUNFUN. 

Madewell Relaxed Denim Shorts in Cedarcroft Wash

$72

Madewell

Madewell Linen-Blend Puff-Sleeve Tassel-Tie Jumpsuit

$138

Madewell

From workout shoes to bright leggings at 50% off, the Adidas sale section is looking mighty fine.

Adidas Ultraboost 21 Shoes

$180$144

Adidas

Adidas Designed 2 Move Aeroready Dance 7/8 Tights

$45$32

Adidas

Sleeper, a.k.a. the brand that brought you feather pajamas, is now offering 50% off on any second item you buy from its “Athpleasure” collection. Meaning you can mix and match sweat short (or pant) sets with slippers for the perfect for staying in and going out look. 

Diana Athpleasure Sweatsuit with Shorts in Blue

$220

Sleeper

Manon Mules with Detachable Feathers in Mint

$290

Sleeper

Best Competing Amazon Beauty Deals 2021

From NuFace’s hyped skin-care tool to EltaMD’s bestselling sunscreen, Dermstore carries some of the best beauty products in the game. On June 21 and 22, the retailer will be offering 20% off select products with the code OHJOY. Start building your carts, ASAP.

NuFace Mini (2 piece)

$209

Dermstore

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

$37

Dermstore

Yes, it’s Nordstrom again—and we’d be lying if we said the mega-retailer’s makeup and skincare deals weren’t hella good (and possibly even better than its clothing and accessories ones? You decide). We’ll be filling our carts with all the discounted Dior, Kiehl’s, and Jo Malone possible, thank you very much.

Dior Rouge Dior Refillable Lipstick

$38

Nordstrom

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Creme de Corps Body Moisturizer

$14

Nordstrom

Jo Malone London Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne

$72

Nordstrom

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Perfect Glow Flawless Oil-Free Foundation

$44

Nordstrom

The skincare utopia is offering 20% off trusted brands like Dr. Dennis Gross, Dr. Loretta, Aesop, and more with the code NEWBIE. Heads up: The offer is only valid for new customers.

Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel

$150

Skinstore

Dr. Loretta Tightening Eye Gel

$60

Skinstore

Wandering the beauty aisles of Target always makes for a good time, but right now, its online sale is where it’s at. Splurge on a Philips electric toothbrush—an especially good idea if you haven’t set your post-pandemic dentist appointment yet—while stocking up on top-shelf essentials like Bioderma’s micellar water since makeup is back, baby!

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 Gum Health Electric Toothbrush

$80$70

Target

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water Makeup Remover

Best Competing Amazon Home & Tech Deals 2021

If Target’s beauty deals weren’t calling your name, the siren song for its home and tech products might just lure you in. Score 30% off of everything from trusty kitchen appliances (hi, Vitamix) to supercharged vacuums.  

Vitamix Explorian 10-Speed Blender

$450$350

Target

Dyson V8 Motorhead Origin Cordless Stick Vacuum

$380$250

Dyson

You can always count on Walmart’s vast range of products to compete with the best Amazon Prime Day sales. Shop markdowns on cooking utensils, camping essentials, and tech and video games, all while supplies last.

Vitamix Explorian 10-Speed Blender

$450$350

Target

Stanley Adventure All-in-One Two Bowl Camp Cook Set

$40$25

Walmart

Dyson discounts are hard to come by, but lucky for you two we just scoped out two not-too-shabby deals: Get $50 off the popular V7 Absolute vacuum for a limited time; or snap up the Glamour Beauty Award-winning Supersonic hairdryer—a godsend for frizz—and get two free gifts with your purchase, valued at $65. 

Dyson V7 Absolute Black Vacuum

$350$300

Dyson

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

Pretty patio decor and quality kitchen goods (think small appliances like the air fryer you’ve always dreamed of buying) are yours for the taking with markdowns up to 50% off. No code needed at checkout.

Philips Essential Air Fryer

$230$150

Sur la Table

Nespresso Vertuo Next with Aeroccino 3 by Breville

$330$175

Sur la Table

We love a BB&B coupon as much as the next person—but a flash sale is even better. From June 21 to 22, load up on kitchen, bedding, and bath essentials up to 50%.

A new season calls for new bedsheets, which is why we’re super excited to see 15% off sitewide at Brooklinen. Scoop up its breezy signature set, or pick up one of its printed beach towels to pair with your favorite vacation tote. The sale runs from June 20 to June 23, no code necessary.

Brooklinen Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle

$198$168

Brooklinen

Brooklinen Scenic Beach Towel

$75$64

Brooklinen

If you’re looking to refresh your bedroom or score a last-minute Father’s Day gift, Allswell is offering 20% off all bedding, bath, and spa items with code DAD20. The discount’s good until June 20.

Allswell Crowns Textured Pillow

$42$34

Allswell

Allswell The Luxe Hybrid

$645$540

Allswell

The 4th of July is coming up…and chances are your tools could use an upgrade. Hit up OXO for all your grilling needs—the kitchen brand is slashing prices on tongs, skewers, and other sets through July 31. 

Good Grips Grilling Tool Rest

Good Grips Grilling Tongs and Turner Set

Best Buy’s summer deals did not come to play. Markdowns include everything from Google Nest displays and Apple iMacs to the usual suspects, like wireless headphones and smart TV deals.

Nest Hub 7” Smart Display with Google Assistant (2nd Gen)

$100$80

Best Buy

Apple 21.5″ iMac with Retina 4K Display

$1,300$1,000

Best Buy

Save up to $400 on mattresses with Leesa’s Summer Mattress Sale. The deals are as good as those on Black Friday, so you can rest easy. 

Leesa Hybrid Mattress

$1,799$1,524

Leesa

Leesa Original Mattress

$1,099$949

Leesa

Georgia May Jagger Isn’t Afraid to Play With Color

Pre-pandemic, you traveled all the time. What city or country gives you the greatest beauty inspiration? 

It has to be Tokyo [for] experimentation there and New York as well. I just seeing people’s looks on the street in Manhattan and in Tokyo, and seeing how people really embrace different styles. I love it when people really mix it up with makeup and funky hair.

 You can only use three beauty products for the rest of your life. What are they and why?

For skincare I love ISUN’s products, so any of their moisturizers. I would have to say a great mascara—Pat McGrath or Charlotte Tilbury, I like anything that’s more kind of chunky. And then our Hair Elixir, I use it every day on wet or dry hair and it’s really great—especially when I’m in LA, if you’ve got flyaways and frizz. And I don’t even blow dry it, I just kind of like twizzle my hair, and that’s my go-to quick look. 

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara

$29

Charlotte Tilbury

Pat McGrath Labs Dark Star Volumizing Mascara

$30

Pat McGrath Labs

Bleach London Hair Elixir

$16

Bleach London

ISUN Phyto-Antioxidant Moisturizing Cream

What’s the best beauty advice you ever got from your mom?

She’s very into high glamour. And even more than me, she just really embraces change. So I think it would be not to be afraid. She just did a semi-permanent red on her hair—she just goes for what she feels in the moment, it’s not about being boxed in. So yeah, just learning to embrace change. A lot of people worry about their age as far as their hair length or the kind of makeup they wear, and I always think you should just go with it and not worry about what society says. Fortunately, we’re seeing a lot of younger people that want to have gray hair, and older people that want to do funky colors. I think as women we’re told you have to act a certain way during a certain age, and I think that’s going out of fashion now.

What’s your favorite way to take a moment for yourself?

I like to walk my dog and listen to music. I guess I’m kind of boring, but I like anything in nature, or having a nice bath, something relaxing like that. 

What music are you into right now?

Well, I’ve just been listening to the new Wolf Alice album. They just did a collab with a color for us,  so I’ve been listening to that. But I always go back to old school R&B. 

If you could change one thing about beauty perceptions, either on social media or in Hollywood, what would you want to change? 

I think it it’s already changing slowly, but body positivity and embracing different looks and like natural figures, whatever it is. I just want to see everyone supporting each other and not tearing each other down, and I think that’s changing a lot in the fashion industry, and it’s really nice to see. 

Who are the women who are inspiring you the most right now?

Well, I’m biased, but I would say my business partner, Alex. She’s flown all the way here from London, and she’s pregnant, and we’re launching the business. I think that she’s a superhero. And I mean, I’m cheesy, I always say my sisters and the women in my family. I feel like everyone’s really supportive to each other. We’re this big group of women, so I love being around all of them. They’re all completely different, but we all really get along.

Bella Cacciatore is the beauty writer at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_.

Ana de Armas Has a New Man, Too

As the Ben Affleck-Jennifer Lopez reunion continues apace, Affleck’s most recent ex, Ana de Armas, is moving on. And he’s not an actor.

De Armas is reportedly dating 37-year-old Paul Boukadakis and has been for a few months. Page Six reports that de Armas has already met members of his family, and according to their source, “Paul and Ana were introduced through friends. He is based in Austin, but splits his time between Texas and Santa Monica. He has been spending a lot of time with Ana before she left the US to film her new movie.”

Being introduced by a friend is a classic—some might say even old-fashioned—meet cute, especially when you consider that Boukadakis is an executive at dating app Tinder. The VP, who has also acted in and produced short films, was apparently a founder at a company called Wheel, which Tinder bought a few years back to “add video collaboration” to its offerings. Not entirely sure what that means, though we can guess why de Armas might not be so keen on using dating apps herself, especially ones with video. Just before he got back with Lopez, Affleck sent a video to a match on Raya, and her TikTok about it went viral

Though de Armas hasn’t spoken publicly about her new relationship, she did seemingly confirm in March that she was not back together with Affleck. The two actors met on a movie set in early 2020 and spent most of the pandemic together in Los Angeles, but split amicably in early 2021.

And now, she’s back on set with a whole host of hunks. She’s the lead in the Russo Brothers’ upcoming spy thriller The Gray Man, which also stars Regé-Jean Page, Ryan Gosling, and Chris Evans. It’s good to be Ana de Armas.

Tahj Mowry Is Husband Material

Mowry on an episode of Full House.

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I remember going to school the first day and people were all cool with me. Like, “Oh my God. It’s him.” Then I would leave and go to work for lunch and then come back and then everybody hated me. Because they were like, “Ah, he doesn’t have to go to school.” It’s crazy when you think about it, because it’s not normal. In the regular workplace, you’ve got to be, what, 16 to work? For acting that’s nonexistent. You can be an infant. It’s crazy.

It really is. So, let’s talk about some dating questions.

The fun stuff. [Laughs.]

Yeah! What’s the biggest turn-off for you?

Oh, man. I guess not being confident, because then you constantly have to be blowing her up. I think everybody wants to be with someone who is confident in themselves. Everybody should be gassing up their significant other, but you don’t want that to become a job. Or even like…this might sound bad… [Laughs.]

That’s okay.

I’m a chill dude. I think the worst thing is trying to figure out what you’re going to do as a date. If a girl wants to do big stuff all the time instead of just, like, ordering. You know what I’m saying?

Right, like high maintenance.

Yeah. There you go. High maintenance can also be an issue.

So, what’s your type then?

Confident. God-fearing. I’m a faith person. I haven’t dated in a long time, but I do want to meet my wife someday…obviously [Laughs.] I think the main things are confidence; for her to have her own thing going as well. There’s something so sexy about a working woman. I think that’s fire.

Who was your first celebrity crush growing up?

That’s easy for me. Naya Rivera. She recently passed away, which was really, really rough. I have so much respect for her family. I still am in communication with them, so I just want to make sure I’m respectful of that and what her family is going through. She was definitely my first everything. I think subconsciously it’s why I never really date like that because no one really ever… I know someday someone might, but it’s hard to measure up to the type of girl and woman she was.

I read what you wrote about her on Instagram, and it was so beautiful. I’m sorry you experienced that loss.

The Most Comfortable Walking Sandals Ever, According to Glamour Editors

When it comes to finding the best walking sandals for women, we are firm believers that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. Ahead, our editors shared 13 pairs of their go-to sandals that will keep you blister-free, even on long-haul walks. From strappy picks for a night out to sporty sandals that will stand up tireless trekking, these are tried-and-true picks that we can personally attest stand up to walking commutes all over New York City. 

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Kanye West and Irina Shayk Are Reportedly in the ‘Honeymoon’ Phase of Dating

“Like, every single day Khloé and Tristan and I would work out at 6 a.m., the three of us, and I was third-wheeling it for a good eight months in quarantine and I was so envious of that,” Kim continued. “I was like, ‘Wow, it’s, like, the little things I don’t have.’ I have all the big things. I have the extravagant everything you can possibly imagine and no one will ever do it like that—I know that, and I’m grateful for those experiences—but I think I’m ready for the smaller experiences that I think will mean a lot.”

March 2021 

While the supposed couple don’t make headlines until June, sources tell TMZ that they’ve been together since at least March. However, sources vary. One tells E! that it’s been more like weeks. 

May 2021

Another source says they reconnected in May, not March. “Kanye and Irina connected recently when they were both in New York City,” the source tells E!. “They met up one night and had chemistry and hit it off. It’s very casual and they have only been in touch for about a month. Kanye has expressed he doesn’t want anything serious but likes Irina’s vibe.”

“They have been seeing each other for several weeks,” a separate source says. “Kanye has been flying in and out of New York to be with her.”

Irina Shayk walks in a Kanye West fashion show in 2012.

Dominique Charriau

June 2021 

Things go public! Per TMZ, the pair spend time in France, where they are spotted walking together around a luxury boutique hotel on June 8. According to witnesses, they appear to be an item.

According to reports, both Kardashian and Shayk’s ex Bradley Cooper are supportive of the relationship. “Bradley would be fully supportive of whoever Irina chooses to date—he just wants her to be happy,” a source tells Us Weekly. “Bradley and Irina are not just on good terms as coparents; they’re also close as friends and share personal things with each other.”

Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk in 2018Raymond Hall

“Kim doesn’t mind because she saw how quiet and respectful Irina was after she broke up with Bradley,” another source with Us Weekly says. 

Apparently, West and Shayk are in a “honeymoon, lovey-dovey phase right now,” another insider tells Us Weekly. “They’re getting to know each other and having a lot of fun. It’s not serious yet, but they like each other a lot.”

This post will be updated.