It’s been nearly a week since the Oscars ceremony, and still people are wondering exactly what they witnessed in the steamy live performance of the song “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and actor/director Bradley Cooper: a duet or a declaration?
To wit, just Saturday, this:
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fans think they’ve spotted ‘evidence’ of affairhttps://t.co/ey9yDjKCZM pic.twitter.com/txDzKHnPbd
— Mirror Celeb (@MirrorCeleb) March 2, 2019
The week’s speculation, or at least a notable proportion of it, was in spite of the artist formerly known as Stefani Germanotta’s having taken the question on directly, saying, with an eye roll, on ABC’s
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”:
“People,” she said, “saw love, and — guess what — that’s what we wanted you to see. This is a love song, ‘Shallow,’ [and] the movie, ‘A Star Is Born,’ is a love story.”
An Elle story did some additional work on the pressing matter, addressing those — including on the set of “The View,” where one co-host insisted this sort of chemistry can’t be feigned — who might remain unpersuaded that the actors were merely acting and, further, might be concerned that a real-life romantic partner would have been made uncomfortable, at least in the moment. Not to worry, it concluded.