Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper gave a very intimate performance of their Oscar winning duet "Shallow" at this year's Academy Awards. The Internet, of course, was freaking out about the performance.
Lady Gaga finally addressed her duet with Cooper for the first time, sharing a touching tribute to her A Star Is Born director and co-star on Twitter and Instagram: "Nothing could be more special than sharing this moment at the Oscars with a true friend and artistic genius."
Gaga ultimately won the Oscar for Best Original Song that night, and gave an emotional shout-out to Cooper in her speech: "Bradley, there is not a single person on the planet that could have sung this song with me but you. Thank you for believing in us."
During a press conference backstage after winning her Oscar, Gaga revealed Cooper gave her some important advice ahead of their performance: "Bradley said to me yesterday, right before we did our last rehearsal for this performance of 'Shallow': 'Let's just drop a little bit of joy.' And I said, 'Okay.' And it turns out, joy did a lot for me."
Gaga and Cooper have had an incredible working relationship, with Cooper telling Time, "I love her so deeply. It's because we were at our most vulnerable together." Gaga echoed his sentiment during a press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival, revealing, "I don’t know that I've ever had a closer artistic relationship than I have had with Bradley, a closer exchange."
And while it might appear that Gaga has it all, with not just her music career, but now an acting career as well, she said appearances can be deceptive.
"People see what they see on the outside, and in some shape or form we become archetypes,” she said, "I was so determined to live my dreams but there was so much in the way. There were so many things that I didn't anticipate, things that broke me, that tortured me.” When she is all dressed up, things might seem perfect, but "the truth is this is very, very hard work and it is not for the faint of heart."
For Gaga, winning an Oscar also wasn’t the simple, straightforwardly dreamy moment you might have expected it to be. It actually made her look back on all the hard things she’d had to overcome. “When this Oscar was handed to me tonight,” she said, “I looked right in the eyes of it and I saw a lot of pain. I saw all the things I’ve been through.”
As for what she wants to do next, Gaga’s plan is simply to “continue to be myself. I want to continue to fight for what I believe in and do my best."
Lady Gaga gave an intimate performance at the Oscars 2019.