Lady Gaga Opens Up About Her and Bradley Cooper's Oscars Performance

"Of course we wanted people to believe that we were in love."

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We all saw it—Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's undeniable chemistry while singing "Shallow" at the 2019 Oscars (opens in new tab) for their award-winning film, A Star Is Born. Even before we witnessed Cooper stare at Gaga longingly while she played the piano, fans were convinced the two had a relationship off-screen. Gaga's breakup from her fiancé Christian Carino (opens in new tab) after the film was released didn't help. Neither did Cooper's divorce from longtime girlfriend and the mother of his daughter, Irina Shayk.

In the December/January issue of  (opens in new tab)ELLE (opens in new tab), Gaga still finds herself explaining that Oscars performance with Cooper...this time to Oprah. Referring to Cooper, Oprah says, "He said his Catholic guilt would have never let him be able to look you in the eye at that piano. How did you feel about all of that at the time? You handled it so well."

Gaga replied, "Quite frankly, I think the press is very silly. 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."

She continues, "In truth, when we talked about it, we went, 'Well, I guess we did a good job!'"

Make of it what you will...

Read Gaga's full ELLE interview here (opens in new tab).

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