by Michelle Ruiz – Vogue
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The 2019 Oscars are over, and yet many fans are still desperately clinging to the magic and mystery of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s relationship, as memorialized forever in their outrageously sensual performance of “Shallow” from A Star Is Born. Though Cooper and Irina Shayk are together and have a child, plenty of fans have declared themselves impregnated by this duet; watching it again (and again) seems like the only natural thing to do.
And yet, there is a deep sense of sadness that belies the performance for Ally and Jackson fans, because—grab some tissues—this is it. Saying goodbye to the Oscars and to awards season also means letting go of the undeniable chemistry between Gaga and Cooper, which is just too much to bear. Feel free to hold on for a little while longer, however, with this retrospective of Gaga and Cooper’s most tender awards season moments:
That time, at the Toronto Film Festival, when Cooper ceremoniously lifted Gaga’s black Armani Privé veil on the red carpet.
Serving matrimonial vibes. (Apologies to Shayk, but the A Star Is Born fandom’s irrational desire to ship these two is all-powerful.)
That other time at the Toronto Film Festival, when Cooper caressed Gaga’s shoulder before rising in a standing ovation in her honor.
At this very event, Gaga went on to declare of Cooper—possibly for the first time in public—what became her awards season mantra: “There could be 100 people in the room and 99 don’t believe in you, just one—and it was him.” (We’ll even miss that.)
When they each came to the SAG Awards with their own dates, but . . .
She only had eyes for him? “The second that I saw him, I was like, ‘Have I known you my whole life?’ ” Gaga told Vogue as the October cover star. “It was an instant connection, instant understanding of one another.”
When they rode around Hollywood on his motorcycle.
Okay, so this was pre-awards season, back in 2016, when they were just getting to know each other for the film, and it was still confounding to people why Gaga and Cooper would even be hanging out. Little did we know what awaited a mere two years later! Excuse me for reading sexual undertones in the vintage Huffington Post headline: “Lady Gaga reached the edge of glory on the back of Bradley Cooper’s motorcycle.”
Alas, nothing can compare to the truly (and quite literally) golden performance of “Shallow” at the Oscars.
Suffice it to say, we’ll always remember them this way.