After years of fans believing that A Star Is Born co-stars were romantically involved, Bradley finally addressed the rumors himself in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, November 17. While discussing the Oscar performance of Shallow, Bradley confirmed they were definitely acting.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper sparked dating rumors in 2018 when their movie A Star Is Born hit theaters. However, it was clear the co-stars had a close bond, with Gaga admitting that they had an “instant connection that came the second that I saw him.” However, there’s a simple reason why it looked so unclear, “He had conceived the performance to unfold like a scene from the movie in part to help manage his own fears about singing live,” according to the outlet.
Meanwhile, Bradley shared, “Just from a personal standpoint, it reduces the anxiety level.” As he noted, “They kind of fall in love in that scene in the film. It’s that explosive moment that happens to them on a stage in front of thousands of people…It would have been so weird if we were both on stools facing the audience.”
Though the rumors spread all around, Lady Gaga has long maintained they weren’t actually romantically involved. “Yes, people saw love, and guess what that’s what we wanted you to see,” the 35-year-old singer told Jimmy Kimmel in 2019. However, she knew very well that the rumors were only fueled by their intimate performance of Shallow at the Oscars the same year.
If still there’s a space for rumors then just know that Gaga later doubled down on her denial as well. “Quite frankly, I think the press is very silly. I mean, we made a love story. For me, as a performer and as an actress, of course, we wanted people to believe that we were in love,” the House of Gucci star told Elle in November 2019. “And we wanted people to feel that love at the Oscars. We wanted it to go right through the lens of that camera and to every television that it was being watched on.”
Although, singer lady Gaga revealed that Bradley had planned out the entire concert in extreme detail, “I knew that he had the vision for how it should go.” However, when the movie came out, Bradley was in a relationship with Irina Shayk, but news of their split spread in June 2019. As for Gaga, she and her fiancé Christian Carino reportedly called it off in early 2019, with her also confirming the breakup in June 2019. She’s now dating Michael Polansky, a math star, who is on the board of San Francisco’s Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy.