“I mean, we made a love story.”
- In her new cover story with ELLE, Lady Gaga looks back at her Oscars performance with Bradley Cooper and the speculated romance between her and her costar.
- Gaga called the dating rumors “very silly,” and emphasized that as performers, she and Cooper “wanted people to believe that we were in love.”
- Oprah Winfrey, who conducted the interview, said Cooper told her that if the rumors were true, “he never would have been able to look [Gaga] in the eye sitting at that piano.”
Almost nine months after Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper delivered the most talked-about performance at the Academy Awards, the pop star reflected on the frenzy surrounding the pair’s onstage chemistry. And she did so with an interview conducted by Oprah Winfrey for ELLE magazine.
Fans may recall that the duo, who costarred in A Star Is Born, brought the movie’s hit song, “Shallow,” to life with a stunning, intimate performance at the Oscars this past February. The set was stunning, but viewers seemed more interested in whether a real-life romance had sparked between Gaga and Cooper, who, at the time, was still with model Irina Shayk.
Winfrey had actually spoken to Cooper about the speculation between him and Gaga. She told the singer during their interview, “We were talking about all the rumors 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.” Gaga agreed.
“He said his Catholic guilt would have never let him be able to look you in the eye at that piano,” Winfrey continued.
“Quite frankly, I think the press is very silly,” Gaga responded, pointing to how much media attention the rumors received.
She added that the love viewers saw on-screen during their performance of “Shallow” at the Oscars was intentional. It was part of the act. “I mean, we made a love story,” Gaga said. “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.”
If the public’s reaction to Cooper and Gaga’s set has taught us anything, it’s that their plan worked. “In truth, when we talked about it, we went, ‘Well, I guess we did a good job!'” Gaga said.
The singer, who won the Oscar for Best Original Song that night, also reflected on her big moment onstage with Cooper on Instagram, posting days after the ceremony, “Nothing could be more special than sharing this moment at the Oscars with a true friend and artistic genius.”