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If you’re like us, you probably cried your eyes out in 2018 when the third iteration of A Star Is Born was released. You might have also believed that stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper were madly in love.
Well, in the years since, the two have adamantly denied that they were an item. Still, anyone with eyes could see that the pair had seriously hot chemistry. Now, in an interview this week, Cooper is speaking out about what really was going on between the two stars.
Notably, Cooper told The Hollywood Reporter that he instantly found Gaga “so terribly charismatic and beautiful.”
“When I met her, I thought, ‘If I can just harness that … then it’s just for me to mess up.’ But then, when we started working together, I realized, ‘Oh, oh, the sky’s the limit in terms of what she’s able to do and her commitment level,’” he recalled of their early interactions.
That said, he insists that all of their perceived romantic love for one another was purely acting. Now, you may remember the duo giving the performance of their lives at the 2019 Oscars when they sang Shallow. There was note-belting, snuggling, and longing stares all over the place.
Cooper says that those moments were all on purpose, sharing with the magazine that he and Gaga had planned to treat the performance like a scene from the movie to help manage their anxiety levels throughout.
"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," Cooper explained.
For Gaga’s part, she’s spoken candidly before about the public’s response to her and Cooper’s chemistry. In an interview with Elle in November 2019, she said, “I mean, we made a love story,” and emphasized that, as an actress, “of course we wanted people to believe that we were in love."
"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,” she said at the time.
Perhaps in another life, these two were madly in love and had many, many children. In this one, the story is clear: They’re just friends.