Olivia Harvey
Updated Nov 07, 2019 @ 9:14 am

In a recent interview with Oprah for ELLE Magazine, Lady Gaga finally revealed her true feelings for her A Star Is Born costar Bradley Cooper. Yes, she loves him, as she has previously stated. But no, she’s not in love with him, as we all were kind of led to believe. Cooper and Gaga’s chemistry in the film, plus that sensationally romantic performance of “Shallow” at the 2019 Oscars made it look like the costars were harboring some fairly serious feelings toward one another. But according to Gaga, they’re just really good actors.

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“We were talking about all the rumors about you guys last year,” Oprah said during the interview. “[Cooper] said if they had been true, he never would have been able to look you in the eye sitting at that piano.” Gaga responded, “Absolutely. Absolutely.”

She called the media “very silly” for falling for their trick and reporting on a potential relationship brewing between them. Their feigned romance was merely a marketing tactic that worked really well.

“In truth, when we talked about it,” Gaga continued, speaking about the media storm following their performance, “We went, ‘Well, I guess we did a good job!'”

Sadly, the pair did such a good job that the media actually spun the story that Gaga was the main culprit in the dissolution of Cooper’s marriage to Irina Shayk in June. Obviously, this sexist plot turned out to be wholly untrue.

In reality, filming A Star Is Born was less about retelling a love story for Gaga and more about rehashing the pain of her early career. “The character of Ally stayed with me for a long time. I had to relive a lot of my career doing that role,” she told Oprah.

We’ll admit that we, too, fell down the slippery slope that is desperately wanting two of our favorite romantic leads to fall in love. What can we say? We’re former Twi-hards. But now, having heard the truth from Gaga’s lips, we have learned our lesson. Things are not always as they appear.