Critics are unsure if the rumored relationship between Kanye West and Kim Kardashian is real. Having grossed millions from her 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries, many think that Kardashian is using this relationship to redeem her public image. Sources have said that Kanye and Kim have scheduled the paparazzi to come take pictures of them together. The Huffington Post reports:

They’re hot and heavy, but are they for real? Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s whirlwind romance went surprisingly public last week, and has some celebrity experts scratching their heads about whether this pairing is the result of true love, or just a calculated publicity stunt timed to help Kanye sell singles and Kim revamp her public image.

“I certainly hope Kim and Kanye’s whirlwind dating isn’t merely a ploy to drum up publicity. But it does seem like it’s already driven a tremendous amount of interest in Kanye’s semi-leaked new single, ‘Theraflu,’ in which he raps about falling for Kim and then disses [her ex-husband] Kris Humphries. In which case, the relationship is already proving lucrative publicity-wise,” Hollywood Life Editor-in-Chief Bonnie Fuller told The Huffington Post.

Over the weekend, sources told Hollywood Life that Kanye and Kim actually orchestrated the paparazzi shots that first revealed their romance and have since chronicled their every move. Sources close to Humphries also labeled the couple’s purported love a “showmance.”

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