Actor and director Bradley Cooper welcomed a baby girl with his girlfriend, Irina Shayk, in March 2017.
Irina and Bradley started dating in April 2015, just a month after Bradley split from Suki Waterhouse. In November, Bradley moved into Irina’s home. Then, two years after they originally started dating, Irina and Bradley had their baby girl, Lea.
The happy parents stayed pretty quiet about life with their little one, but while promoting A Star Is Born, Bradley opened up about his experience with fatherhood.
When asked about how becoming a father has affected his career, Bradley told NPR:
“Well, I’ve been opened up to a world of children’s music, that’s for sure.… I spent about 15 years going from movie to movie to movie. And then I hit 39 and I stopped and I said, ‘What do I really want to do?’ I want to tell Joseph Merrick’s story in The Elephant Man. So I did that for a year.
“Then this story came to me, A Star Is Born, and then I spent the next four years doing that. And the one thing that I know in the future is: It’s worth all the time to dedicate, even if one piece of art comes out of it in a half a decade, that would still be incredible as long as I can feel like it’s the movie I wanted to make, which is this movie. So I guess having a child, and having a family of my own — which is a miracle and something I’ve always dreamt of — has opened me up even more, I guess, to the day, and to be present.”
And after winning the Director of the Year award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Bradley explained that “everything is different” since he became a dad — in the best way, of course!
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