It’s been impossible to have a conversation about the 91st Academy Awards without talking about that performance from the stars of A Star Is Born, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
The two were on everyone’s radar all night long. They sat in the front row at the Oscars, along with Bradley’s longtime girlfriend, model Irina Shayk.
When Lady Gaga and Bradley took the stage to perform “Shallow,” the internet lost its collective mind. The emotional song already holds a lot of weight in people’s hearts. Seeing Bradley and Gaga perform it together was a whole other story. The chemistry between them was palpable, and the performance definitely added more steam behind rumors that the two of them were seeing each other following the film.
It was only a matter of time before someone asked one of them to address that chemistry.
Jimmy Kimmel did just that when he was interviewing Gaga on his show. Her response may not have been what fans wanted to hear, but it was the truth we all needed.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper wowed audiences in A Star Is Born. The remake of the film follows the love story of their characters, Ally and Jackson, as one seeks the fame the other already enjoys.
From the film’s world premiere at the Venice Film Festival last August, critics have raved about the remake, and it became a hit. Award buzz began almost immediately.
As the film enjoyed its theatrical release last October, the buzz wasn’t only about the acting. People became captivated with the chemistry between Gaga and Bradley.
At the time, it was all chalked up to good acting. Gaga was engaged to her talent agent, Christian Carino. Bradley has been dating Irina Shayk since 2015.
When Gaga appeared at the 2019 Grammy Awards to perform “Shallow,” she appeared without her engagement ring. A week later, it was confirmed that she and Christian had split.
With Gaga single, the discussion of her and Bradley being an item ramped up again. Everyone was looking forward to seeing how their joint performance of “Shallow” at the Oscars would go.
Their performance was one of the truly jaw-dropping moments of the night. The two took the stage with a piano and performed the duet. They started on opposite sides, with Gaga playing the piano and Bradley across from her, but by the end of the performance, they were sitting cheek to cheek.
Many viewers were completely floored by the chemistry between the two. Despite Irina watching from the audience, people were convinced that the on-screen chemistry had followed them off-screen.
This isn’t the first time rumors of a romance with a costar have found Bradley. When he and Jennifer Lawrence costarred in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook, rumors about the two flourished, despite the fact that he was allegedly dating Zoe Saldana.
Gaga addressed the onslaught of recent rumors during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Jimmy began the interview by joking that many of the women watching were upset that their husbands never looked at them the way Bradley looked at Gaga.
As he went deeper into the reaction to the performance, Gaga couldn’t help but roll her eyes. She explained her feelings on the public’s reaction.
“First of all, social media, quite frankly, is the toilet of the internet. And what it has done to pop culture is abysmal,” Gaga surprisingly remarked. Her fan base is one of the most active and fierce on social media.
She continued by explaining it was all professionalism and just an extension of their on-screen performances. “Yes, people saw love, and guess what? That’s what we wanted you to see. This is a love song. The movie A Star Is Born is a love story.”
She explained that Bradley had creative control of the Oscar performance. The two were in agreement about the vibe they wanted to present. She noted, “It was so important to both of us that we were connected the entire time.”
So there you have it! Bradley and Gaga are simply great at what they do. For what it’s worth, Irina is a champ for understanding that and dealing with the public’s unsolicited opinions about her relationship.