Well played Gaga, well played.
It's been over a year since A Star is Born was released, yet Lady Gaga is still fielding questions about rumours of a romance between her and co-star Bradley Cooper.
Despite repeatedly denying the gossip, the stars only added fuel to the fire when they brought the movie's hit song, Shallow, to life with a stunning, intimate performance at this year's Academy Awards. Many believed that the intensely intimate performance served as a confirmation that they were having an affair. Cooper was with Irina Shayk at the time and Gaga was engaged to Christian Carino. Both have since split with their respective partners.
Since then, both have stayed mum on the rumours...until now. In an interview for Elle, Gaga was asked about her chemistry with Cooper by none other than Oprah herself, who wanted to know how she felt about all the rumours that they had an off-set romance.
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Oprah raised the subject, casually mentioning she was talking to Bradley in his kitchen (because having dinner with Bradley Cooper is a completely normal thing to do) about the performance and all of the associated rumours concerning them. “We were talking about all the rumours about you guys last year. He said if they had been true, he never would have been able to look you in the eye sitting at that piano,” Oprah said.
Gaga agreed, saying that the speculation that they were a real-life item was just proof that they had succeeded in the job they set out to do with A Star Is Born. "Quite frankly, I think the press is very silly," she began.
"I mean, we made a love story. For me, as a performer and as an actress, of course, we wanted people to believe that we were in love. And we wanted people to feel that love at the Oscars. We wanted it to go right through the lens of that camera and to every television that it was being watched on. And we worked hard on it, we worked for days. We mapped the whole thing out—it was orchestrated as a performance."
Her response is similar to the one she gave when asked about the rumours back in February on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which she punctuated with an eye-roll: "Yes, people saw love, and that’s what we wanted you to see. This is a love song... It was so important to us that we were connected the entire time. I’m an artist, and I guess we did a good job — fooled ya!"
There you have it — Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga have been trolling us all...or so they want us to believe.
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