Almost four months ago, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performed their song Shallow at the Oscars. Cooper sang with his arm around Gaga, and she nuzzled into his neck. Their faces were close, their eye contact electrifying.
It was the culmination of months of what fans perceived to be very real sexual tension between the lead actors of A Star is Born – who convincingly played love interests Jackson and Ally in the film.
For some viewers, the chemistry made them “uncomfortable”, given Lady Gaga had just split with her fiance, and Cooper was reportedly in a happy relationship with model Irina Shayk.
Watch the performance below. Post continues after video.
Then, days after the Oscars performance, the rumours were shut down.
Speaking to Jimmy Kimmel, Lady Gaga said, “First of all, social media quite frankly is the toilet of the Internet and what it has done to pop culture is abysmal.
“And people saw love, and guess what, that’s what we wanted you to see. This is a love song, the movie is a love story.”
Now, Bradley Cooper and his partner of four years Irina Shayk have broken up, and what happened four months ago seems even more significant.
News: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk have broken up
Anybody who watched the Oscars: pic.twitter.com/AzWfhFbE5l
— Media Critic (@critical_media) June 7, 2019
Lady Gaga checking Bradley Cooper’s relationship status online and seeing that he’s now single pic.twitter.com/PHQ23Ip5pn
— Boston Gay Boy ????️???? (@BostonGayBoy) June 7, 2019
star is born stan twitter on their way to ship lady gaga and bradley cooper now that he and irina have called it quits pic.twitter.com/W39ijK7piO
— A.J. (@ajhisnandez) June 7, 2019
lady gaga & bradley cooper are both single just 4 months after they eye fucked at the oscars how convenient pic.twitter.com/FdE7LUpKQp
— kels (@tmylmgaga) June 7, 2019
All of a sudden, people are searching for Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s Oscars performance, looking for clues that perhaps we were right all along: the chemistry between the stars was real, and it’s just taken a few months for their real lives to catch up.
Ahead of the Oscars, Mamamia’s Laura Brodnik wrote that the drama around Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga – including Lady Gaga’s curiously timed break up, was all part of the marketing campaign for the film.
“A Star Is Born’s slightly lower budget could be traced back to the idea that their campaign is based on their publicly endorsed and sweeping “narrative” style plan centred on the star power and “relationship” between Lady Gaga (real name Stefani Germanotta) and Bradley Cooper,” Brodnik wrote.
“You see, along with spending big bucks on trade advertising and swish events, the best way for a movie star to secure themselves an Oscar is to structure a compelling or favourable public “narrative” around not just their name but also the road they had to walk in order to bring their movie role to life.”