Not so long ago, Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk were happily raising a daughter together. They’d been a couple since 2015. But in 2019, not long after Cooper’s smash hit movie A Star is Born, suddenly they split. What happened to drive them apart? Well, there was plenty of speculation, and eventually Shayk spoke to the media herself.
News of the split broke in the summer of 2019 after a lot of conjecture in the press. But the incredibly private couple still didn’t speak about the matter themselves. That was left to anonymous sources who revealed the details to news outlets. They explained that Cooper and Shayk had simply grown dissatisfied with each other.
Shayk has made it very clear how important privacy is to her in the past. “Because my work requires me to be out there, I just decided my personal life will be quiet,” she told Glamour magazine in 2019. “That’s why it’s called personal, because it’s something for you and your family, and I feel happy with it.”
Nonetheless, the world desperately wanted to know every detail about the model’s relationship with the mega-famous film star. And the media had picked up on several tantalizing pieces of information at the beginning of their liaison. For example, both halves of the couple had been dating other people just before they got together. Cooper had been seeing Suki Waterhouse, while Shayk was with Cristiano Ronaldo.
So, although the pair may have wanted to keep things on the down-low, the paparazzi certainly didn’t. And whenever the couple went out in public, the cameras appeared to be not far behind. Snaps were taken of the pair holidaying together and kissing in the street. At one point, Shayk was also pictured with Cooper’s mother, which demonstrated that her new boyfriend had introduced her to his family.
Then, at the end of 2016 it was reported that Cooper and Shayk were having a baby together. This revelation came just after she’d appeared at a Victoria’s Secret fashion show. A source informed People magazine, “Looking back, some of her outfits were less revealing in the stomach and seeing the news after the show, it made sense.”
According to that same source, Cooper became protective of Shayk while she was pregnant. “He has been spotted dropping her off at the airport with kisses as she is about to take off for another job,” they said. “They are just a very sweet couple.”
The baby arrived in March 2017. Her proud parents named her Lea De Seine Shayk Cooper. “Bradley and Irina love each other so much, and this is not gonna be the only kid,” an anonymous source revealed to E! News. “There will be a few more after this one. Both families are very happy.”
Moreover, Cooper clearly very much enjoyed being a dad. In September 2018 the actor told NPR’s Morning Edition, “I guess having a child, and having a family of my own – which is a miracle and something I’ve always dreamt of – has opened me up even more, I guess, to the day, and to be present.”
So, all seemed well. But then in late 2018 came A Star is Born. Cooper both directed the movie and starred alongside Lady Gaga. The film was a huge success – indeed, it achieved eight Oscar nominations including Best Picture. And many people noticed that the chemistry between Cooper and Gaga, both of them in relationships with other people at the time, was intense.
Cooper and Gaga also sang the praises of each other in interviews. Talking to Time magazine that year, Cooper said of his leading lady, “I love her so deeply. It’s because we were at our most vulnerable together.” And for her part, Gaga revealed, “From the moment we met, I felt a kindred spirit in him.”
This certainly caught the attention of Twitter users, and people began not-so-quietly “shipping” the A Star is Born actors. And social media went wild when Gaga split from her fiancé, Christian Carino, in February 2019 just before the Oscars ceremony. Had she left him in the hopes of being with Cooper?
Gaga’s representatives tried to throw cold water on that story, however. A source told People magazine, “It just didn’t work out. Relationships sometimes end… There’s no long dramatic story.” But this did little to stop the Cooper-Gaga speculation juggernaut. So when Gaga got A Star is Born tattoos later on that month, people thought she was really hinting at her love for Cooper.
Then came the Oscars ceremony – and things became really crazy. Cooper and Gaga performed the A Star is Born song “Shallow” live on stage, and their chemistry was sizzling. What’s more, Shayk was there in the audience watching it all. Fans subsequently took to social media to talk about what they were convinced was a love triangle.
Indeed, tweets about the performance came pouring in. A fan wrote, “Why yes I did scream ‘KISS!’ from the balcony of the Dolby Theatre.” Another tweeted, “I’m awkward, but I’m not ‘Bradley Cooper’s baby mama sitting in the front row at the Oscars watching her boyfriend and Lady Gaga eye **** each other’ awkward.”
And yet the actual situation didn’t seem to be all that awkward, from an outsider’s point of view at least. Videos of the “Shallow” performance show Shayk standing up to applaud Cooper and Gaga along with the rest of the auditorium. If she was annoyed or jealous, she certainly hid it well. In fact, she even gave Gaga a hug.
In addition, Gaga herself insisted that nothing romantic was going on, either onstage or anywhere else. While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in February 2019, she said of the performance, “Yes, people saw love. And guess what? That’s what we wanted you to see! This is a love song, ‘Shallow.’ The movie, A Star Is Born, it’s a love story.”
“From a performance perspective, it was so important to both of us that we were connected the entire time,” Gaga continued. “I mean, look, I’ve had my arms wrapped around Tony Bennett for three years, touring the world. When you’re singing love songs, that’s what you want people to feel.”
Other sources also insisted that nothing was going on between Cooper and Gaga. For example, in April 2019 an insider told People magazine, “Since the awards season ended, Bradley spends every day with his family. Most days, Bradley and Irina take Lea out for activities together. Sometimes they just stroll on the beach.”
“Bradley and Irina seem great,” the anonymous insider added. “It seems Bradley hasn’t spent any time with Lady Gaga. He has been all about his family.” So, those who believed the love triangle story and were rooting for Shayk must have breathed a sigh of relief. But then June rolled around, and more news emerged.
That month, an anonymous source spoke to Page Six magazine about the high-profile relationship – and they had some shocking news to report. Cooper and Shayk were on the rocks, they said. According to the apparent insider, “Things are not good. Neither one is happy. The relationship is hanging by a thread.”
Later on that week, another anonymous source shared some more details. Speaking to E! News, they claimed, “Things get a little bit better, but then they find themselves back in the same place of questioning whether being a couple is what’s best. They want to stay together for their daughter.”
“They’ve spent time apart to test the waters and see if they are better off,” the source continued. “They have a lot invested, and it’s very difficult to completely walk away from. They are trying out different arrangements and trying to find their way. They love their little girl dearly and that’s not going to change no matter what.” No mention was made of Gaga.
Then, on June 7 the big news was finally confirmed: Cooper and Shayk had indeed split up. Neither party made a public comment about the matter, though, but anonymous sources spilled some of the details to the media. An insider told Entertainment Tonight that it had been Shayk who’d made the move, having “decided enough is enough.”
The insider also claimed that the supermodel “didn’t feel she was getting the level of commitment she wanted, and the endless fighting made their life unbearable. They are very different people, and once they realized it was the baby that was holding them together, it was time to call it quits.”
And there was more. According to the insider, Shayk and Cooper had wanted to break up at the time A Star is Born came out. However, they were “advised against it” in case their split diverted attention from the film. After that, the source said, they tried to fix the romance but found they couldn’t.
Apparently, Cooper had been working so hard he had no time for Shayk. “Irina truly had high hopes for their future together and felt once the baby was born they would find the time to marry, but that never came to fruition,” the source said. “She wanted more from Bradley in every way. But she was unhappy and felt he spent too much time working.”
Once the news hit about the breakup, people took to social media once more to voice their desire for Cooper and Gaga to get together. A fan wrote, “I wouldn’t be surprised if Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga started dating soon after Irina Shayk.” Others, though, expressed sadness about the failure of the relationship.
And Lady Gaga made her feeling about the whole situation clear when she did a concert a few days later. While performing in Las Vegas, she began to perform “Shallow.” Some fans heckled her by asking about Cooper, and she responded by announcing to the crowd, “One more thing: be kind or **** off.”
According to another source, though, A Star is Born did indeed play a part in the relationship’s breakdown – but not in the way everyone thought. “Bradley was emotionally absent during the long time filming A Star Is Born,” the insider informed People magazine. “They tried to save the relationship, but it had changed.”
Throughout all of this, however, Cooper and Shayk themselves kept true to their desire for privacy and remained quiet. Until January 2020, that is. Finally, many months after the news first broke, Shayk gave an interview to Vogue magazine and discussed her ex. For someone so reserved, this was quite a surprising thing for her to do.
Indeed, until then Shayk had essentially refused to talk about Cooper. Shortly before the breakup, for example, she’d given an interview to Harper’s Bazzar magazine. And the interviewer tried to contact the model again after the split happened. She received a reply from Shayk’s representatives stating, “Irina didn’t comment on her personal life before, nor will she ‘address recent developments’ now.”
But for Vogue, Shayk did discuss her relationship with Cooper, their young daughter, and what her life was like post-breakup. She had nothing nasty to say about her former beau, however. Shayk told the magazine, “I think in all good relationships you bring your best and your worst – it’s just the nature of a human being.”
“Two great people don’t have to make a good couple,” the Victoria’s Secret supermodel and new mom told the magazine. “I think we’ve been very lucky to experience what we had with each other.” But, using a nickname for her former boyfriend, she admitted, “Life without B is new ground.”
And Shayk also spoke about how she was handling motherhood now that she was parted from the father of her child. “It’s hard to find a balance between being a single mom and being a working woman and provider,” she said. “Trust me, there are days I wake up and I’m like, ‘Oh my god, I don’t know what to do, I’m falling apart.’”
But despite that, it seemed Shayk and her ex-boyfriend both quickly got the hang of the “uncharted territory” and the co-parenting. In March 2020 a “spy” reported to Page Six magazine that both parents and Lea were seen dining together during one of Shayk’s photo-shoots and “seemed very happy.”
And later on that month, another anonymous insider informed E! News that Cooper and Shayk were “working out how to be single parents and co-parent their daughter together.” And the source also mentioned that the former power couple still had a “strong bond” and were “good friends” who communicated well.
“They both have been working and traveling a lot so there is always scheduling to figure out,” the insider added. “They have a good system in place for Lea and they take turns with her. They also come together as a family and do things when they can.”
“They both love their daughter more than anything and they come together for her,” the source continued. “They are getting along well and everything is very positive. It’s still a transition period and they are trying to figure out how it’s going to work going forward, but they are in a good place.”
So, despite the occasional debunked tabloid rumor that Shayk wants Cooper back, that would appear to be the end of the story. And no, Cooper didn’t start a relationship with Lady Gaga once he was single. In fact, since late 2019 Lady Gaga has been dating someone else: businessman Michael Polansky. Sorry to all the shippers out there!