The love story between Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk has been through more twists and turns than a Six Flags rollercoaster ride – but it appears the pair have finally reached the point of smooth sailing, as they confirmed to the world this week that their romance is back on, following a three-year split.
After months of speculation and rumors about their reignited relationship, Bradley, 47, and Irina, 36, finally made clear their true feelings for one another when they were spotted enjoying a romantic stroll through New York City together on Monday.
To the casual observer, the pair looked like any other loved-up couple out for a walk with their pets – but to fans of the duo, the outing marked the confirmation of what many have suspected for months on end: the on-again-off-again couple is on, once again.
From cozy appearances at events to suggestive Halloween outings, there have been no end to the hints of a rekindled romance between actor Bradley and his model girlfriend Irina, who first began dating back in 2015 – although they would end up keeping their relationship a closely-guarded secret for a year.
To many, it seemed like a picture-perfect match made in Hollywood heaven between the handsome actor and the former Victoria’s Secret model – and when they welcomed daughter, Lea, into the world in 2017, it seemed as though their romance was sealed.
But hearts were shattered (and no doubt some celebrations were held) when it was revealed two years later that Bradley and Irina were both back on the market after breaking up in June 2019.
After months of speculation that they were back together, Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk appeared to confirm their romance was back on as they packed on the PDA during a romantic stroll in New York City on Monday
The couple first started dating in 2015 and welcomed a daughter together in 2017, but rumors that he was having an affair with Lady Gaga erupted in 2019 after they performed together at the Oscars and got cozy on stage
But it seems that they have now put whatever caused the breakup behind them. As the couple finally confirms that their romance is back on, FEMAIL has taken a look back at what led to the reconciliation
From how they first fell in love to how the romance got derailed to how they found their way back to each other after three years apart, here’s everything you need to know about Bradley and Irina’s rollercoaster ride love story
To make the break-up all the more dramatic, it came amid furious speculation over Bradley’s clear-for-all-to-see chemistry with his A Star Is Born co-star Lady Gaga.
The pair sparked a frenzy with their incredibly intimate February 2019 Oscars performance, which saw them gazing into one another’s eyes during a rendition of their hit Shallow – all while Irina watched on from the audience.
Even comedian David Spade weighed in on the frenzy surrounding the duo’s steamy performance, sharing a snippet from it on his Instagram account, and writing: ‘Is there any chance these two aren’t f**king?’
Lady Gaga was quick to shut down the rumors, insisting that the pair had simply ‘fooled’ the world with their incredible acting skills, and going on to describe Bradley as a ‘dear friend.’ The actor would eventually deny the romance rumors himself – although not until 2021, when he reiterated what his co-star had said: it was all an act intended to bring the A Star Is Born story to life on the Oscars stage.
Still, when Bradley and Irina went their separate ways just months after the now-infamous performance, rumors began flying that her beau’s close bond with Gaga may have played a role in the decision to end the relationship.
‘The rumors about Bradley and Gaga having a love affair didn’t help especially with his constant travels [promoting the film],’ a source told People after news of Bradley and Irina’s split was made public.
But it seems that they have now put whatever caused the breakup behind them. As the couple finally confirms that their romance is back on, FEMAIL has taken a look back at what led to the reconciliation. From how they first met and fell in love to how the romance got derailed amid the Lady Gaga affair rumors to how they found their way back to each other after three years apart, here’s everything you need to know about Bradley and Irina’s rollercoaster ride love story.
How it all started: Irina and Bradley start dating in 2015, but wait an entire year before going public
Cooper and Shayk dated for four years before ultimately calling it quits in 2019. They are seen together in February 2019
Sealed with a kiss: They confirmed their relationship in 2016 by making their red carpet debut and sharing a kiss at Paris Fashion Week
Cooper was fresh off of his relationship with Suki Waterhouse when he was spotted with Irina for the first time in 2015. The two were seen leaving a Broadway show together and were also caught mingling at events in NYC.
But it wasn’t until a year later that they’d confirm their relationship. They officially made their red carpet debut in May 2016, sharing in a romantic smooth on the Paris Fashion Week red carpet.
After that, their relationship moved pretty quickly – as Irina revealed she was pregnant that November. And just one month later, she sparked engagement rumors after she was seen wearing a huge emerald on her ring finger.
Baby on board: Irina and Bradley welcome their daughter Lea in March 2017
Irina revealed she was pregnant in November 2016 and the two welcomed their daughter, Lea, into the world in March 2017. The family is pictured in August 2018
She flashed the large emerald once again during a rare red carpet appearance at the Met Gala in 2018, but it appears that those rumors never amounted to anything since the pair never ended up tying the knot during their four-year relationship.
The two welcomed their a baby girl, who they named Lea, into the world in March 2017. And at this point of their relationship, it became clear that they preferred to keep the details of their relationship private from the rest of the world.
However, in September 2018, Bradley gave a rare glimpse into his life as a parent, telling NPR that it was something he ‘always dreamed of.’
‘I guess having a child, and having a family of my own — which is a miracle and something I’ve always dreamt of — has opened me up even more, I guess, to the day, and to be present,’ he gushed. ‘That’s the thing I want my daughter to have — I just always want her to feel loved.’
Trouble in paradise: Bradley sparks cheating rumors after cozying up to his A Star is Born costar Lady Gaga during saucy Oscars performance
Engaged? Irina sparked engagement rumors after she was seen wearing a huge emerald on her ring finger in December 2016 and once again at the Met Gala in 2018 (pictured above)
But many fans couldn’t help but notice the chemistry Bradley shared with his A Star Is Born costar Lady Gaga when they performed at the Oscars together. Both later denied that anything had happened between them
Around this time, Bradley shot into the spotlight with his performance in A Star is Born alongside Lady Gaga. Irina was fully supportive of Bradley’s role in the movie, and she was spotted supporting him at the Golden Globes red carpet in 2019.
He also commended his girlfriend at the 2019 BAFTAs, saying during his acceptance speech: ‘I also need to thank Irina for putting up with me while I was trying to make music in our basement for a year.’
But many fans couldn’t help but notice the chemistry he and Lady Gaga had in the film as love interests – which seemed to trickle over into their real-life appearances together.
Their performance was so believable that many suspected something was going on behind-the-scenes, especially after they hit the stage at the Oscars to perform Shallows together, and were caught starring romantically into each other’s eyes, and all while Irina was in the audience, just meters away.
However, both of them denied that anything was going on –
Irina also gave the performance a standing ovation, and around the same time as the Oscars performance, she opened up about why she made the decision to keep her private life under wraps, during an interview with Glamour.
‘Because my work requires me to be out there, I just decided my personal life will be quiet,’ she told the outlet. ‘That’s why it’s called personal, because it’s something for you and your family and I feel happy with it. I have a lot of friends who share a lot of their personal life on Instagram or social media, very publicly. I admire it and I think it’s great — but I think it’s all about personal choice.’
Meanwhile, Lady Gaga fired back at rumors of a romance between herself and Bradley during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, insisting that the intense chemistry was all a calculated act.
‘That is what we wanted you to see,’ she declared when asked about the pair’s sizzling display at the Oscars. ‘This is a long song. It is a love story and we worked so hard. I knew he had the vision for how it should go.’
The songstress then further dispelled rumors by highlighting her previous work with musical legend Tony Bennett.
She said: ‘I’ve had my arms wrapped around Tony Bennett for the last three years. It’s what you do when you sing love songs.’
It’s over: Bradley and Irina officially call it quits months later
Even so, Bradley and Irina officially called it quits in June 2019. And it eventually came out that the speculation about Bradley and Lady Gaga played a huge role in their split. They are seen months before the split, in January 2019
Despite Gaga’s denial that anything had gone on between herself and Bradley, just months after their Oscars performance, Irina and the actor split.
Their break-up came in June 2019 – with sources at the time revealing that the endless speculation and rumors about Bradley and Lady Gaga had taken a serious toll on the romance.
‘The movie had a major impact on Bradley and Irina’s relationship,’ a source told Us Weekly at the time. ‘Even though there was nothing romantic between Bradley and Gaga, the noise was difficult for Irina to deal with.’
‘The rumors about Bradley and Gaga having a love affair didn’t help especially with his constant travels [promoting the film],’ an insider added to People.
The source added at the time that Bradley had a ‘huge and overwhelming connection to Gaga,’ although they noted that any suggestion of a romantic relationship between the pair was ‘premature.’
Other insiders claimed that the pair had been leading ‘totally separate lives’ in the lead-up to their romance ending, with one telling Page Six that the couple had struggled ‘to make a life together outside of [their daughter Lea]’.
That source added: ‘After the lust wore off, they had very little in common.’
However, Irina insisted that the split happened on good terms, telling British Vogue in 2020: ‘I think we’ve been very lucky to experience what we had with each other.’
‘Life without B is new ground,’ she continued. ‘It’s hard to find a balance between being a single mom and being a working woman and provider. Trust me, there are days I wake up and I’m like, “Oh, my God, I don’t know what to do, I’m falling apart.”‘
Moving on: Irina and Bradley both entered into new relationships after the breakup, but neither lasted long
After the split, the exes remained close as parents and friends – and when both of the stars eventually embarked on new relationships, they were nothing but supportive of each other
Irina was rumored to be dating Kanye West in 2021, and after news of the romance hit the web, a source told Us Weekly that Bradley was totally cool with it. They are pictured together in September 2022
After the split, the exes remained close as parents and friends – and when both of the stars eventually embarked on new relationships, they were nothing but supportive of each other.
Irina was rumored to be dating Kanye West in 2021, and after news of the romance hit the web, a source told Us Weekly that Bradley was totally cool with it.
‘Bradley would be fully supportive of whoever Irina chooses to date — he just wants her to be happy,’ the insider said in June 2021.
‘Bradley and Irina are not just on good terms as co-parents, they’re also close as friends and share personal things with each other.’
As for Bradley, he sparked dating rumors with Anthony Weiner’s ex-wife, Human Abedin, earlier this year. The two were spotted in the Hamptons together in July, and a source told Page Six at the time: ‘Bradley has been quietly dating Huma for a few months now, [and] they’ve been keeping it really quiet.’
Just after Bradley and Huma’s rumored relationship came to light, he was spotted jetting off on a family trip with Irina to the Bahamas. However, an insider close to the trio told Page Six that Huma had nothing to worry about.
‘Bradley and Irina have always had the upmost respect for each other,’ the source divulged. ‘They were always better friends than lovers.’
‘Seeing each other as parents has made their respect and love for each other grow even more. Bradley and Irina want to keep going on vacations as a family and Huma respects that.’
Back together: The couple confirm their romance has reignited after fans spend months speculating that their love is back on
Fans have speculated for months now that Bradley and Irina were secretly back together, something they seemed to confirm as they wrapped their arms around one another and cozied up on Monday. They are seen together last November
By August, they were vacationing together in the Bahamas. And while they might have just been friendly exes taking their daughter Lea, five, on a trip to together, Irina captioned the gallery she uploaded from the vacation with a heart emoji
Just one month later, the two were spotted sharing a hug on the streets of New York while with their daughter
Despite both tried out new relationships, fans have speculated for months now that Bradley and Irina were secretly back together, something they seemed to confirm as they wrapped their arms around one another and cozied up on Monday.
The reconciliation rumors first started back in November 2021. The duo raised eyebrows when they were spotted linking arms while walking together down the street. And interestingly enough, their daughter wasn’t present.
They were also spotted taking their daughter to see the Nutcracker later that month. A source told DailyMail.com at the time: ‘They are a very close family. But they are not officially back together.’
However, the two only got closer since then. During the New York premiere of Nightmare Alley the following month, Bradley brought Irina as his plus-one, and he later told ET that it was ‘very special’ to have the model’s support at the event.
All smiles: The ex-couple seemed to be getting along quite well when they were dropping their daughter off at a Halloween party last week
The actor was unrecognizable as he donned a full-length furry suit and mask while joining Irina, who wowed in a racy Bettie Page look, for a night of trick or treating with their daughter
Now, the exes appeared to confirm their romance was back on as they packed on the PDA during a romantic stroll in New York City on Monday
The following March, she was spotted leaving his house. And by August, they were vacationing together in the Bahamas.
While they might have just been friendly exes taking their daughter Lea, five, on a trip to the Bahamas together, Irina sparked more rumors when she captioned a gallery of pictures from the trip with a heart emoji on her Instagram.
Just one month later, in September, the two were spotted sharing a hug on the streets of New York while with their daughter. They were also all smiles while taking their daughter to a Halloween party last Thursday.
Now, the exes appeared to confirm their romance was back on as they packed on the PDA during a romantic stroll in New York City on Monday.
Irina and Bradley couldn’t keep their hands off one another as they walked arm-in-arm, with Irina giving Bradley a cheeky pat on the posterior.
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