Bradley Cooper and A Star Is Born co-star Lady Gaga set tongues wagging in 2019 when the pair performed a very steamy and intimate performance on stage at the Oscars
Both stars shocked viewers with an exceptionally intimate performance together at the 2019 Oscars – with Bradley’s partner at the time in the audience.
The A Star Is Born co-stars took to the stage at the swanky awards bash to give an intimate rendition of their movie’s smash hit song, Shallow.
Bradley, 46, and Lady Gaga, 35, grew close during the filming of the 2018 romantic movie, where Lady Gaga – real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta – played a young singer who found fame and love with Bradley’s character, a star struggling with alcoholism.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Bradley acknowledged the slew of rumours about the pair’s relationship following their intense performance at the Academy Awards in 2019.
The Hangover actor explained how the stars opted to play out the performance like a scene from their popular movie in a bid to help conquer his fears of singing live.
“Just from a personal standpoint, it reduces the anxiety level,” he told the publication.
“They kind of fall in love in that scene in the film. It’s that explosive moment that happens to happen 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.”
The star – who shares a daughter with ex Irina Shayk – then went on to praise his former co-star, as she attracts Oscar buzz for her role in new movie, House of Gucci.
Bradley defended the Poker Face singer against critics who claimed at the time she was a product of ‘stunt casting’ and lauded her as “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 told the publication.
At the time of his performance at the Oscars, Bradley was in a relationship with the mother of his child, model Irina.
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Shortly after the stars finished their intimate rendition on stage, the Russian model was straight on her feet to give the duo a standing ovation.
The star, 35, was also snapped embracing Lady Gaga after her duet with her then-boyfriend Bradley.
Irina and Bradley split in 2019 after four years together but rumours have been rife the former couple have recently reunited.
The pair – who share four-year-old daughter Lea – have been pictured walking arm-in-arm together New York, just weeks on from the model being rumoured to be dating Kanye West.
Irina spoke about her relationship with her ex and co-parenting their child together during a candid chat with Elle magazine earlier this year.
“I never understood the term co-parenting. When I’m with my daughter, I’m 100 percent a mother, and when she’s with her dad, he’s 100 percent her dad,” she told the publication in March 2021.
“Co-parenting is parenting,” the mum-of-one defiantly added.