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Unless you've been living on a remote island, you've likely heard about that Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper "Shallow" performance (opens in new tab) at the Oscars. Even before the crazy amount of chemistry that occurred on stage that night, fans have suggested that Cooper and Gaga are romantically linked (opens in new tab) outside of their A Star Is Born characters, Ally and Jackson. What didn't help those rumors? Gaga suddenly ending her engagement to fiancé Christian Carino (opens in new tab).
According to a source from US Weekly (opens in new tab), Gaga "hasn't even had time to address what has been happening between her and Christian, emotionally." She has yet to publicly comment on the breakup, and instead has been focusing on her "Best Original Song" Oscars win (opens in new tab) and the Golden Globe and Grammy nominations she's received for her role in Cooper's directorial debut, A Star Is Born. Fans began to speculate the Gaga/Carino split when she showed up to the 2019 Grammys without her (huge) engagement ring (opens in new tab), and the breakup was confirmed (opens in new tab) on February 19.
So, why did Lady Gaga and Christian Carino really break up? “It just didn’t work out. Relationships sometimes end. There’s no long dramatic story,” a source originally told People. "They just weren't going to work out in the long run." However, a source recently told US Weekly (opens in new tab) that “Chris didn’t treat Gaga very well toward the end of their relationship" and she “really leaned on” her friend Jeremy Renner (opens in new tab) “in the weeks after it ended.” She was apparently the one to end things too.
In Gaga's Five Foot Two documentary, released in 2017 (it's currently on Netflix, you can watch it here (opens in new tab)), she revealed intimate details about her relationship with ex Taylor Kinney (opens in new tab), and how devastated she was about calling off their engagement. In a heartbreaking conversation, she discussed how every romantic relationship always ended due to her partner's inability to handle her devotion to her work (opens in new tab), and how she "can never get it all right at the same time."
"I just want to make music and make people happy, and, like, I'm on tour and I have a family and I just can never get it all right at the same time. I always have a shoot...My love life's imploded."
She continued, "It's a sad day when I'm doing the Super Bowl, and I'm so excited to do it, but I can't help but realize that when I sold 10 million records, I lost Matt. I sell 30 million, I lose Luc. You know? I get the move, I lose Taylor. It's like a turnover. This is the third time I've had my heart broken like this. I'm alone, Brandon, every night. And all these people will leave. Right? They will leave. And then I'll be alone. And then I go from everyone touching me all day and talking at me all day to total silence."
Perhaps this pattern continued with Carino, giving her all to her work with Bradley during such a revolutionary time in her career.
Of course, fans continue to think the breakup has something to do with Gaga and Cooper's rumored secret romance outside of their work. (Let's all remember he's currently dating the mother of his child (opens in new tab)!).
No one can tell me Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga aren’t in love. No one.February 25, 2019
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga .... in love?February 25, 2019
Knowing how much Lady Gaga loves and appreciate her fans, there's sure to be some clarity sooner than later.
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Rachel Epstein is an editor at Marie Claire, where she writes and edits culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also manages the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game, finding a new coffee shop, or analyzing your cousin's birth chart—in no particular order.
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