Who is Val Mercado? Ever since the model was spotted out with rapper Tyga, her name has been popping up everywhere as his potential new love interest. While Tyga and Kylie Jenner have yet to announce they have parted ways, they have been spotted out separately for the last few days, and when Tyga was seen with Val Mercado, he had a big smile across his face.
On January 22, the Daily Mail shared the latest photos of Val Mercado, which featured the 23-year-old social media sensation (Val Mercado has an impressive 1 million followers on her Instagram account, and an additional 78,500 followers on her Twitter page) partaking in a photoshoot in Miami, Florida, where she was joined by two other females, both of whom were wearing swimsuits.
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According to an Us Weekly report, Jenner and Tyga haven’t been seen together in 10 days, since they were spotted seeing a movie in Los Angeles on January 13. And just days ago, seemingly after Val Mercado’s Miami photo shoot, he was seen with Val Mercado in a Beverly Hills parking garage.
In addition to modeling, Val Mercado seems to have a talent for singing, as well, and according to an E! News reports, she often shares beauty tutorials on YouTube. Val Mercado was also once named as Maxim magazine’s Instagram Girl Of The Week.
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Just hours after Tyga spent time with Val Mercado, Jenner seemed to make a statement in regard to where she stood with the rapper when she was seen at the Nice Guy in West Hollywood with a few girl friends. Although Jenner didn’t exactly say she and Tyga were broken up, nor did she speak of Val Mercado, her outing seemed to prove a recent report by Hollywood Life to be true.
“The pair, which at one time were inseparable, have been spending less and less time together,” a source close to Jenner and Tyga told the outlet on January 20. “They used to be together seven days a week and now she has told him to stay away! He is lucky if he gets to see her every other week.”
In addition, said the source, Jenner had been favoring time with her friends, as opposed to time with Tyga.
“[Kylie Jenner] sends his calls to voicemail and rarely texts with him. And the decision to stay away from him is even easier for Kylie when he spends his nights at strip clubs like he did this week,” the source explained. “With the success of her lip kits and Instagram account, [Kylie Jenner’s] empire is growing daily and she is becoming secure enough to be alone for a while.”
On January 23, a new report surfaced on Radar Online regarding Tyga’s time with Val Mercado, claiming Jenner felt he was making a mockery of their relationship.
“Tyga will do anything for attention and his is clearly not getting it at home, so of course he is going to go and find it elsewhere,” the source told the outlet. “Everything that he does lately is to try and make Kylie jealous and this is a really obvious, yet pathetic, attempt.”
Meanwhile, Val Mercado is steering clear of the drama with Jenner, and while she’s been on social media, both Instagram and Twitter, in the days since her outing with Tyga, she hasn’t posted or said anything about their possible romance, or about Jenner, who has also not spoken publicly of Val Mercado.
[Photo via Val Mercado/Instagram]