News of Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk’s split has been buzzing throughout Hollywood for the past several days.
The couple split after four years together. They share a 2-year-old daughter, Lea De Seine. Because of the very private nature of the couple’s relationship, it was hard to see signs leading toward the breakup. Now a source is telling People that the process of creating A Star Is Born contributed to the relationship’s demise.
Bradley began working on A Star Is Born in March 2016. A few months later, his life would be changed further with the news that Irina was expecting their first child.
She didn’t announce the pregnancy until the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show later that year. Lea De Seine was born in March 2o17. A month later, principal photography on the film began. Raising a newborn while pouring yourself into the biggest project of your life couldn’t have been easy on either Bradley or Irina. The source told People that Irina felt Bradley was “emotionally absent” during this time.
Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk always maintained their privacy in their relationship. It’s for that reason that many were surprised to learn that the couple had split after four years together.
Irina once spoke about her decision to keep the details of their life together private. This past February, she told Glamour UK: “I have a lot of friends who share a lot of their personal life on Instagram or social media, very publicly. I admire it and I think it’s great – but I think it’s all about personal choice. Because my work requires me to be out there, I just decided my personal life will be quiet. That’s why it’s called personal, because it’s something for you and your family, and I feel happy with it.”
Neither Bradley nor Irina have commented on the news of their breakup. Those closest to them maintain that they’re committed to figuring out co-parenting of their 2-year-old daughter, Lea De Seine.
Last year was a tremendous one for Bradley. He made his directorial debut with A Star Is Born, and the Oscar buzz was almost immediate.
Bradley made sure to thank Irina for dealing with the long, intensive process around the film. When accepting a BAFTA for the film earlier this year, he said, “Most of all I have to thank Irina for putting up with me, for all the music I was trying to make in our basement for a year. Thank you very much.”
A source close to Bradley and Irina is now telling People that the film may have caused some strain on their relationship. “Bradley was emotionally absent during the long time filming A Star Is Born,” the source revealed.
The timing makes sense. Principal photography on A Star Is Born started one month after Irina gave birth to their daughter, Lea De Seine.
Bradley talked about how he tackled the intensive creative process and how his family made him realize the importance of slowing down. In September, the actor told NPR, “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.”
Bradley then added, “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.”
The stress of the film caught up with the couple when Irina reportedly tried to end the relationship close to the time of the film’s premiere. Cosmopolitan reports that they were “advised against it” because it could overshadow the release.
The couple hoped to work things out when the activity around the film settled down. Bradley reportedly dedicated all of his time to being with his family.
Sadly, it wasn’t enough. “They tried to save the relationship but it had changed,” the source explained to People.
The couple realized they were staying together for their daughter’s sake, which isn’t what either party wanted. Ultimately, this led to their split.
Irina has stayed busy since the news broke. Her Instagram shows her traveling in Iceland. There’s no word on Bradley’s whereabouts just yet.