Lady Gaga Said Her Oscars Performance With Bradley Cooper Was “Orchestrated” To Make It Look Like They Were In Love

Lady Gaga Said Her Oscars Performance With Bradley Cooper Was “Orchestrated” To Make It Look Like They Were In Love

I’m sure I don’t need to remind you of the whole thing that was Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, and their insane chemistry while promoting A Star Is Born earlier this year.

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The whole thing culminated in a performance of “Shallow” at the Oscars which left people freaking out, and that’s honestly putting it mildly.


It seemed like everyone got involved, including Bradley’s ex-wife Jennifer Esposito, who commented her amusement on an Instagram post from David Spade who questioned whether there was any chance Bradley and Gaga “aren’t fucking”.

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She later defended the comment, explaining she just thought the joke was funny and never intended to be shady.

But L. Gaga herself made her opinions on the matter very clear when she was asked about it during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

And during a new cover interview with Elle, Gaga opened up about public reaction to that Oscars moment, saying she thought it was all “very silly”.

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The interview was a conversation with Oprah, who said she had spoken to Bradley about the rumours. According to Oprah, Bradley said if the rumours had been true, “he never would have been able to look [Gaga] in the eye sitting at that piano”.

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And Gaga agreed, saying they worked “for days” on the performance to make viewers believe they were in love.

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“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,” Gaga said. “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,” she went on.


“We worked hard on it, we worked for days,” Gaga explained. “We mapped the whole thing out — it was orchestrated as a performance.”

Well, it certainly worked!

You can read Lady Gaga’s full Elle magazine interview here.

Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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