Lady Gaga Finally Responds to Bradley Cooper Relationship Rumors | 22 Words

If you're a fan of celebrity conspiracy theories, we've no doubt you'll be well-versed on the saga of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. The two starred alongside each other in the smash-hit movie A Star Is Born, in which their respective characters fell deeply in love. However, some thought the level of chemistry between the pair was too good to be acting and concluded the pair were in love in real life, too.

Much of the publicity surrounding A Star Is Born has centered around the relationship of its two stars. Their real-life interactions have been carefully studied in order to find evidence of this secret relationship.

At the Oscars this week, Gaga and Cooper performed their winning song, "Shallow," to a rapt audience. However, it wasn't just the vocals that got people talking, but the electricity between the two as they sang. But now Gaga has spoken out about the rumors - and with quite a shocking response.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper starred together in A Star Is Born.

The love story between a younger, insecure woman and an older, world-weary man captured the hearts of the world, and is both commercially and critically acclaimed.

The two give absolutely stellar performances.

The soundtrack to the movie is also amazing. But one thing that really makes it stand out is the chemistry between the two leads.

The romance between Gaga and Cooper was very... believable.

Something about the way they interacted with each other on screen really captured to attention of audiences.

The experience of making the movie clearly brought the two together.

Gaga and Cooper appear to have a very close friendship, plus massive amounts of respect for each other's work. Their off-screen interactions are very cute.

Some think they're a little too cute.

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Instances like the above red-carpet kiss have got the rumor mills turning, as they have led many to believe there's something between Gaga and Cooper IRL.

They do look sort of... coupley.

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The familiarity the pair have with each other, the subtle body language indications of desire, the deep, longing looks into each other's eyes... we kind of buy it.

For many, A Star Is Born is proof enough.

While there is such a thing as good acting, many fans think the type of on-screen chemistry between Gaga and Cooper just can't be faked, and is an indication of something more.

Those who believe in the relationship stand firm.

No amount of denial on either part will convince some that Cooper and Gaga are not secretly in love with each other.

With each public appearance, more proof is gathered.

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This image from the Venice Film Festival looks particularly relationship-esque. The fixing of your partner's tie in public seems like something only a couple would do.

Public performances like this don't help.

The two sang "Shallow" on stage in Vegas - and everyone had one thought: that the two were definitely secretly in love.

There's been a couple of problems with the conspiracy theory.

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Cooper has a long term partner, Russian model Irina Shayk. They've been together since 2015 and have a daughter together called Lea. Until recently, Gaga was also in a relationship.

Gaga was engaged to talent agent Christian Carino.

But the engagement was called off earlier this month - a breakup many have attributed to Gaga's feelings for Cooper.

This image of Gaga, Cooper and Shayk went viral.

Many believe there's a look of jealousy in Gaga's eyes and Shayk and Cooper act all coupley and cute, right in front of her. And check it out - now it's Shayk fixing Cooper's tie.

Some even believe Gaga is sending coded messages to Cooper.

She recently got inked with the musical notes for G, A, G, A. However, transposed from the treble to the bass clef, these notes become B, C, B, C - which some took as an ode to Bradley Cooper.

For those who somehow missed it, the Oscars happened this weekend.

They're the biggest awards ceremony in the world, and celebrate the biggest achievements in film for the year.

A Star Is Born was nominated in many categories.

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These included Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Picture. In the end, the movie only ended up winning one, Best Original Song.

The song in question is "Shallow."

Gaga and Cooper performed the beautiful love song as a duet at the Oscars ceremony - and the public went wild for them both.

Here's the full performance, in case you missed it.

Whether you believe the rumors or not, you have to admit that this performance is pretty breathtaking. Many are calling it the highlight of the whole night.

One moment in particular tugged at peoples' heartstrings.

At the very end of the song, Gaga looks up and Cooper and smiles. Many have replayed the moment again and again, sure that this is the final proof that the two are romantically linked.

During the performance, the two got very close.

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While they started at opposite ends of the stage, by the end the two were snuggled up in extremely close quarters, sharing one piano stool.

To many, this performance signified only one thing.

They saw the longing looks and sexual tension rife in the performance as irrefutable proof that there's something going on between Gaga and Cooper behind the scenes.

In fact, the performance sparked controversy for this very reason.

Mel B, of Spice Girls fame, claimed the performance was disrespectful to Cooper's partner, Shayk, claiming Gaga was "breaking girl code."

In spite of this, Shayk and Gaga don't appear to have any beef.

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In fact, as soon as Gaga and Cooper came off stage after their performance of "Shallow," Shayk was quick to congratulate Gaga with a warm hug.

Either way, the performance has got everyone talking.

Even those who were skpetical of the relationship conspiracy theory until now have been swayed by the Oscars.

Both Gaga and Cooper have remained tight-lipped about the rumors.

They never really addressed the fact the entire world was convinced they were secretly in love - which many took as a sign that it was true. But now Gaga has broken her silence.

Gaga spoke up in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel.

And what she said was basically a straight denial of anything actually going on between the pair. She vehemently disagreed with the notion that the performance was proof of a relationship.

Here's the full interview, if you're curious.

In it, she's pretty vocal about her beliefs. “Social media, quite frankly, is the toilet of the internet, and what it has done to pop culture is just abysmal," she claimed.

And as for whether her and Cooper are in love?

Gaga says, no way. “People saw love, and guess what? That’s what we wanted you to see." Gaga said of the romantic duet.

Her explanation for the chemistry?

Just plain old good acting. "I’m an artist, and guess we did a good job. Fooled you!" she laughed with Kimmel.

We wonder if this will finally put the rumours to bed.

Somehow, we doubt it. Gaga and Cooper shippers are a dedicated bunch, and we don't imagine a simple denial will be enough to stop them believing!