Having your relationship play out in the public eye is hard for anyone and undoubtedly piles on the pressure, but it's hard to ignore the endless rumors surrounding Bradley Cooper's love life since the release of his Oscar-nominated movie A Star is Born co-starring singer, Lady Gaga.
While the musical love story has been a box-office success, it seems that since its debut, Cooper's relationship with his supermodel girlfriend, Irina Shayk, has been put to the test with fans insisting, or at least, hoping, that "Bradga" (that's Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's "ship" name) is a thing.
Last week there was another major development in the saga as Cooper and Shayk have finally buckled under the pressure, and there have been plenty of reactions on Twitter today about who may be to blame. And now Gaga's ex-fiance has stormed back onto the scene, stirring the pot even more.
So, let's start with introducing the trio...
via: GettyBradley Cooper made his acting debut in the classic '90s series, Sex in The City starring as "Jake" and has since propelled into Hollywood stardom, starring in smash-hits including The Hangover Part 2, several Marvel films and, of course... A Star is Born (which was also his directorial debut).
Next up is Irina Shayk...
via: GettyShayk is a Russian supermodel who entered the global modeling radar in 2007, when she became the exclusive contracted face of Intimissimi lingerie.
Finally, we have Lady Gaga.
via: GettyThe singing sensation, whose real name is "Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta," burst into the charts in 2008 with her single, "Just Dance". Known for her outrageous fashion and endless support for the LGBTQ+ community, the Italian-American singer has quickly become one of the icons of this generation.
Cooper and Shayk first sparked relationship rumors in 2015 after the supermodel split up with a very famous soccer player...split from soccer star, Cristian Ronaldo.
Cooper had also just split up with a very famous face...
via: GettyCooper broke up with actress and model, Suki Waterhouse, shortly before hooking up with Shayk.
They quickly came notorious for their major PDA...
But it wasn't long before the pair hit a rocky patch...
via: GettyEven though the couple was yet to make it official, rumors already began to surface in early 2016 that the couple had broken up. However, it turned out that all was well, as an insider denied the speculation, telling E!: "They are still very much together."
The couple ignored rumors, making their relationship red-carpet official in March 2016.
via: GettyThe couple looked very loved-up as they made their first red-carpet appearance at the L'Oreal Red Obsession Party in Paris.
The pair have always kept things relatively private...
They welcomed their first child in March 2017, a pregnancy that they'd managed to keep low-key.
Shayk kept her pregnancy private - even managing to hide it while making her Victoria's Secret Fashion Show debut.
Apparently, none of the other people working on the runway knew either, according to what a source told People.
The couple welcomed their baby girl, Lea De Seine Shayk Cooper, in March 2017.
The couple rarely make red-carpet appearances together.
via: GettyThis picture, taken at the 2018 Met Gala, was the last time that the pair graced the red-carpet together until the A Star is Born awards season stint, but we'll get into that later...
Then, enters Lady Gaga...
Bradley chose Gaga for the film for a very good reason...
Despite having met Gaga briefly in 2016, it was at a benefit concert where the songstress performed Édith Piaf's "La Vie en Rose" that inspired the actor to cast Gaga for the role of Ally and write the song for the movie. However, Cooper admits that, beforehand, he didn't have much knowledge of who Gaga was as an artist: "I was at a cancer benefit with my mother. I really did not know Lady Gaga’s music," he told W magazine. Cooper was so starstruck by Gaga's performance that the very next day, he requested to formally meet her to discuss his upcoming movie. “I called her agent the next day and said, ‘Can I go to her house and meet her right away?’ I drove to Malibu, and we sat on her porch, and the next thing I know, I'm eating spaghetti and meatballs," Cooper said.
This isn't the first time that Lady Gaga has branched into acting...
via: GettyThough some questioned Cooper's choice of Lady Gaga for the movie, the singer has actually branched out into acting before, most notably starring as the countess in Ryan Murphy's American Story Season 5. But, starring alongside Cooper in A Star is Born marks the singer's box office debut.
If you somehow haven't watched the film, here's a brief summary.Bradley's version of the film is actually the third remake. Centering around the themes of love, addiction, and co-dependency, it features Cooper starring as Jackson Maine and Gaga as Ally. After Maine discovers Ally as she performs "La Vie En Rose" (ironically, the same way Cooper met Gaga) in a drag bar. The pair then develop a truly breathtaking romance, having us all invested in their evolving romance. Fans couldn't get enough, with the movie becoming an instant hit.
But the movie fuelled romance rumors between Gaga and Cooper.
As Lady Gaga and Cooper made multiple appearances to promote the film, they looked very close...
via: GettyFans were quick to suggest that they were romantically involved. Bradley's supermodel girlfriend was also notably absent for most of the red-carpet segment of the events - creating speculation that their relationship was on the rocks.
As awards season for the film kicked off, the rumors ramped up even more.
via: GettyThe film received several nominations and awards, including an Oscar, but cinema aside... even though the pair's on-screen romance was strictly fictional, fans couldn't help but notice the off-screen chemistry between the pair.
Gaga even pulled Bradley on stage at her Las Vegas Engima show.
"That was terrifying, I just had to like, Zen out and just pray that I wouldn't ruin her show. Because, think about… https://t.co/F9H6AQ2tGE— Gaga Media 〄 (@Gaga Media 〄)1549240857.0
Now, let's talk about that, let's just say, intimate, Oscar's performance.The pair intimately performed "Shallow" during the Oscars in February while Bradley's girlfriend helplessly watched.... awkward.
The performance was so intense that Gaga had to speak out...
❤️ u Jimmy! Tune in tonight! https://t.co/dMlEzdEMr4— Lady Gaga (@Lady Gaga)1551328870.0
So, where did this leave Bradley's girlfriend?
Gaga and Cooper haven't been spotted together since awards season drew to a close. But, Cooper and Shayk were left "questioning" their relationship.
via: GettyThe pair haven't hit the red carpet together since the Oscars in February.
Apparently, the couple have been going around in circles.E! News two days ago that the two were unsure whether they should stay together and that while they do want to stay together for their 2-year-old daughter, neither of them is happy. The couple struggled to reach a solution - spending time apart as a result. "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," the source said.
Despite being reluctant to split, it seems like the couple have called it a day...
via: GettyReports surfaced today that the pair have officially ended their four-year relationship, despite "trying out different arrangements and trying to find their way".
They are now trying to work out how to co-parent their daughter... but the burning question is, why have they gone their separate ways?Lea De Seine. But, Shayk hinted that there may be issues last month...
The news comes shortly after Shayk walked the Met Gala red carpet solo.
via: GettyThere was no sign of Bradley at this year's Met Gala, with Shayk attending on her own.
The question that everyone's asking is... did Lady Gaga have something to do with the couple's split?
via: Getty ImagesPeople have been quick to chime in with their theories as to why Cooper and Shayk's relationship headed to a close - the most popular theory being that Gaga had something to do with it. But, the singer reportedly had "nothing to do" with the pair's recent relationship struggles.
Fans have reacted to the news on Twitter...
Page Six reports Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk are hanging on by a thread Lady Gaga: https://t.co/pFwW6Ep7c3— Devyn Doyle (@Devyn Doyle)1559619618.0
One Twitter-user said that they saw the split coming after that Oscar performance.
News: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk have broken up Anybody who watched the Oscars: https://t.co/AzWfhFbE5l— Media Critic (@Media Critic)1559879688.0
The Lady Gaga jokes just keep on coming...
lady gaga at bradley cooper's door the moment she realized that him and Irina shayk broke up https://t.co/lj3EANubOX— fan account🤷🏽♂️ (@fan account🤷🏽♂️)1559876265.0
People are willing Gaga and Cooper to get together.
*Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk have split.* Bradley and Lady Gaga shippers waiting to see them together like https://t.co/I9l2nUNKlq— Siobhain (@Siobhain)1559875054.0
Since the breakup, Shayk has been doing what she does best.
But let's not forget the other couple in this drama.
via: Getty ImagesMany were focused on Shayk and Cooper's romance, so it was easy to forget that up until a few months ago, Gaga, too, was in a committed relationship - she was engaged to talent agent, Christian Carino.
Fans noticed that all may not be well with the pair back in February.
Lady Gaga isn’t wearing her engagement ring at the Grammys..... https://t.co/ZgoFTHmnBY— Chlo (@Chlo)1549849690.0
Gaga confirmed the breakup soon after.
Fans of the Gaga-Cooper conspiracy theory are going to love this latest plot development.Until now, the two major players in the story have been Gaga and Cooper, with Carino and Shayk relegated to supporting roles. But it seems like the two have just stepped into the limelight.
Shayk posted an incredible breakup shot on her Insta page.
And it seems like we're not the only ones who think so.
via: Getty ImagesShayk's photo got a lot of online attention - but there was one like in particular that stood out from the rest. It was from none other than Christian Carino - that's right, Gaga's ex.
Some think that this can only mean one thing.Perhaps now that Carino has learned that Shayk is single again, he's thinking that it's his opportunity to shoot his shot with the stunning model.
Here's the evidence.
via: InstagramLook at the top of the list of likes - recognize that name?
The internet is pretty excited.Wouldn't it be the most fantastic twist if it was Shayk and Carino who ended up getting together, rather than Cooper and Gaga?
But there has been one overriding reaction.
@enews #karma https://t.co/NSdoiLnmqs— The Music 3️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ (@The Music 3️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣)1560278069.0