Lady Gaga opened up to Oprah Winfrey in ELLE’s December issue about the Bradley Cooper dating rumors that consumed fans and tabloids for months this year. The reality is they were never romantically involved, but Gaga said that they wanted people to buy they could be with their Oscar “Shallow” performance. They purposely fed into the hype that night.
But taking a performance based on a film where they played love interests and turning it into real-life romance speculation was a little much. “Quite frankly, I think the press is very silly,” she started. “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.”
“You were orchestrating it as a performance to evoke exactly what it did,” Winfrey said.
“It did,” Gaga agreed. “In truth, when we talked about it, we went, ‘Well, I guess we did a good job!'”
Gaga called Cooper a “beautiful father” and agreed with Winfrey’s assessment that there was clear proof in the performance itself that the Cooper dating rumors were hearsay. Winfrey pointed out that Cooper “said if they had been true, he never would have been able to look you in the eye sitting at that piano.”
“Absolutely. Absolutely,” Gaga concurred, because he did, nailing the final nail in that coffin.