Lady Gaga shuts down the still-happening rumors that she’s with Bradley Cooper

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It’s a little bit crazy to me that the biggest story coming out of the Oscars – and pretty much the only story days later – is about Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper and whether they’re in love with each other. Just yesterday, someone yelled at me for…suggesting that Bradley and Gaga are professionals who have a professional relationship, and for not seeing some epic love-story and romantic chemistry between them in the film or in life. I still say that Bradley and Gaga had a million times more chemistry in their live performance at the Oscars than they did in A Star Is Born. That’s my opinion. If you want to believe ASIB is the greatest love story ever, well…*mutters in deep-throated Jackson Maine gibberish*

Anyway, Lady Gaga appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night and she said everything I’ve been saying: they have a professional relationship. The energy they had together on the Oscar stage was on purpose, because it’s a love song duet. Here’s the video:

Yeah. They’re not in love with each other. They had to pretend to fall in love on-screen, and they’re both talented enough to fake chemistry live on stage, especially since (as Gaga says) they rehearsed the hell out of that performance. She clearly has a lot of professional respect for Bradley. Why isn’t that a simple, nice story? Two professionals get along. But people are still trying to make this into something. Enter Page Six:

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga seem way closer than a traditional director-and-star couple, as their on-camera chemistry in “A Star Is Born” has continued to sizzle off-screen. Cooper wanted to make their characters’ love affair as palpable as possible, multiple sources said. But it’s led to a close friendship, sparking rumors about the reasons behind Gaga’s split with her agent fiancé, Christian Carino.

“Hollywood is buzzing that Gaga fell for Bradley during preproduction and filming, creating the intense emotional energy you see on-screen and at the Oscars,” said a source, adding how “vulnerable” Gaga is. “He wanted an authentic love story on-screen.”

At a starry CAA party Friday, Cooper and Gaga seemed “very, very close . . . even though her ex-fiancé [Carino] was there — in the same room — but keeping his distance. Gaga and Bradley were cozied up on a sofa . . . [They] were inseparable, and people definitely thought it was weird. There was no sign of his model girlfriend Irina Shayk,” a separate insider said.

But another guest insisted, “Bradley and Gaga were both there and hanging out, but they were not ‘together,’  ” as in a couple. Despite their steamy Oscars performance, sources close to the stars have denied any off-stage relationship. Another source said, “Some in the industry believe Bradley may be working the situation for public attention,” but that “Gaga is an artist; she naturally goes into character to perform a song from the movie.”

A source told us of Shayk, “Irina is not happy with all the attention that the performance onstage generated. But she feels confident that nothing ever happened between Gaga and Bradley. They had chemistry during the movie shoot. But that’s that. She feels confident in her relationship for now.”

[From Page Six]

I just… don’t believe that Gaga even “fell” for Bradley at any point. I think he wanted to play Svengali on and off screen and she let him. They used each other professionally and it worked out really well. Please let this story be over now.

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  1. Case says:

    She’s much sweeter, normal and more likable when she’s not accepting awards, eh?

    • xdanix says:

      Maybe some of that comes from the pressure being off now that she’s won? I sometimes think some of the more over the top stuff comes from her just… being nervous, or uncomfortable in her own skin in some situations. I know she’s “Lady Gaga” and she’s this huge star and everything, but from a lot of what I’ve read and seen and her documentary… I actually think in a lot of ways she’s not a confident woman.

  2. Michael says:

    There is something about Bradley Cooper that I just do not like. I love his voice acting in Guardians of the Galaxy but I have never warmed to him as an actor. I used to feel the same way about Kevin Spacey long before the scandals broke. Not saying there is scandal with Cooper but there is something that feels fake about him

    • Case says:

      I feel the same way. I absolutely adore Rocket and Bradley does a great job voicing him, but I just don’t get what people see in him as an actor or personally. I don’t find him attractive or likable.

    • Leah says:

      I completely agree. One thing, though: one of Bradley’s early breakthrough roles was Will Tippin on Alias with Jennifer Garner, Michael Vartan, Victor Garber and other really talented people. I have never liked any other character he played as much as I loved Will. I could see falling for Will quite easily, he was warm, caring, smart, funny—all convincingly so; personality traits I haven’t seen from Bradley in much the same way since. Highly recommend a watch.

      • Jerusha says:

        He was cute and appealing. I really liked that character and him. Not surprised when Sydney got with him once:

    • mx says:

      Yep, same. I just don’t get it.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Yeah the douche vibe is strong with this one.

  3. Veronica S. says:

    The most I could see is her having a mild crush on him, but like…they’re adults. You can have a crush on your coworker and still control yourself. They were both in relationships at the time. I don’t know how people thought that chemistry was anything BUT acting. It was so intentionally over the top.

    • BengalCat😻 says:

      I remember as a kid watching Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers perform Islands in the Stream and thinking they had it going on. But it was a love song. ASIB is a love story, and even tho I don’t think Gaga is a great actress, it would be odd if they didn’t look like they were into eachother.

    • efffefff says:

      Agreed, Veronica. I don’t think they’re faking the chemistry. I think they have actual chemistry, (ie: a superficial crush) and they are choosing to put it to use and play it up for their artistic pursuits. And at the same time being mature adults who respect boundaries and don’t take it further than that. I think people just want some juicy drama, so they ignore that possibility.

  4. another kate says:

    I’ve been enjoying the memes, but it is very weird to me if people actually believe they’re in love. I thought it was just a joke we were all in on. Like, on Oscar night my friends and I were laughing and yelling “Kiss her!” at the end of the performance but none of us actuallllly think they’re together.

  5. Kittycat says:

    Why is she orange?
    That should be the story!

    • Myrtle says:

      I thought the biggest non-awards related story to come out of Oscar night was tone deaf Ashley Graham on the red carpet urging Jason Momoa to bust out some traditional Haka moves, just for her.

  6. xdanix says:

    I feel so sorry and annoyed for her that she was even put in the position that she had to DO this. They put on a beautiful, magical performance- one that was very obviously ONLY a performance. It was a highlight of the night- maybe THE only big highlight, apart from Olivia’s charming speech. Why couldn’t people have left it at that? Instead I can’t help thinking some of the shine has been taken off it because it’s been utterly engulfed in this storm of rumours. Nobody is talking about the fact that they did a beautiful job- only this stupidity. (And it didn’t even WORK, I’ve seen so many people on twitter claiming she’s “acting” when she says she’s NOT in love with him!! For the love of god!)

    (Also, that story about the party is a real non-story too. Bradley and Gaga did spend much of the night together, but apparently that was in part BECAUSE she ran into her ex. He was being a supportive friend, which is all either of them have ever said- repeatedly- they are to each other. And I doubt Irina was even home from Milan (for Fashion Week) to be ABLE to go the party at that point. Why can’t these stories just STOP?!)

    • Div says:

      Yes, exactly. There’s something misogynistic, in a way, that a woman wins an Oscar and all people can talk about is if she is effing her co-star when they were obviously acting or that it was “disrespectful” for them to act—mindful, of course that the design was all Bradley’s idea but they put most of it on Gaga. I’m sure they were going for “steamy duet, good job” instead of “they must be having an affair.”

      And I still saw some people acting like she still isn’t telling the truth, or is being thirsty by denying it and I’m like “wut?” How is shutting down a dumb, damaging rumor that was weirdly enough not going away being thirsty? But hopefully this shuts the story down for good.

      It’s kind of a bummer, too, since I think she and Cooper are friends, and not just colleagues. But there’s probably no way they are ever hanging out again considering this drama, kind of like how the One Direction kids said the rumors kind of ruined some of their friendships.

  7. Jess says:

    I’ve been shocked by these rumors. It was a great performance but it’s clear they were acting, nothing else.

  8. feralchild says:

    I stan Jackson and Ally, not Bradley and Gaga. They do “normcore romance novel cosplay” very well. My alternate timeline fanfic of Jackson & Ally doesn’t really need Ladley Gooper IRL.

    • Christina says:

      “normcore romance novel cosplay” !! I LOVE IT!!! That is exactly what they did! And Bradley needed the rehearsals because he’s no professional singer. She went to acting school and intended to become an actress, not a singer. That’s why she was Prince-level theatrical when she hit the scene.

      I like Cooper, but I get why people don’t think he’s “real”. I get that a lot, too. He’s got that stuff stuck to him that Ashley Jude has: attractive, tries to be likable, comes off weird. I’m socially awkward and good at it, too. I’m really being me, but many think I’m fake until they get to know me. It is what it is. When you are in the public eye, there are many more people to see how awkwardly you relate to people. IMHO, it has to do with surviving abuse; people who grow up and experienced abuse very young are people-pleasers or are defensive to protect themselves. It’s how you learned to stay safe.

  9. Traci Hytower says:

    So irina is confident in her relationship “for now”. That’s lol funny.

  10. becoo says:

    They both seem like a handful imo.

  11. 4EvaRedd says:

    He and Seacrest date young women as they both need a beard. He and Gaga performed; that’s acting. The girlfriend will be gone soon enough.