I would have ordinarily moved on from the Oscars and all related subjects by this time (two days after the show took place), but I made several attempts yesterday to get into this thread and throw in my two cents about the Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga situation, and couldn't log on! I guess there were still too many people on this forum, even one full day after the Oscars. So, forgive me for bringing up something that has already been brought up several times in the thread, but I wanted to do it while I was thinking about it now, since I couldn't do it yesterday.
Okay... about Bradley Cooper.... If you know anything about him (if you've read his interviews or followed his career), you know he is a very private person when it comes to talking about his love life. He will even talk about what he was paid for a particular movie over talking about his romances. He does not like to talk about his romantic relationships at all. He barely even likes to talk about his daughter, because he wants to keep his family life out of the spotlight if he can. He does not like to even walk down red carpets with the women he is involved with, because he doesn't want to be asked a bunch of questions and then have everyone analyze his responses and analyze photos and make up things that they think are going on.
Since Bradley and Irina have been together -- and there have been a couple of different rumor cycles that have gone around, suggesting that they were having some difficulty at different times -- he has begun doing things like actually being seen on red carpets with Irina, going to Disneyland with Irina and their daughter and being seen by thousands of people, going to the beach with them and being seen, going on vacation with Irina, etc. I'm sure he realized that he was going to have to eventually be seen in public with his girlfriend and daughter, but it is probably making him very uncomfortable every time he does it because he is so private and worried about people misinterpreting things they see and making up nonsense.
So... taking all of that into consideration... you know that when Bradley gushes about Lady Gaga/Stefani, and talks glowingly about how he "fell in love" with her face and eyes when he first met her, and how he was "levitating" when he first saw her sing "La Vie En Rose" at a cancer benefit, he doesn't mean anything romantic by it. In fact, because he IS so private about his romantic life, IF he ever did have non-platonic feelings for Gaga, he certainly would not talk about it to journalists and entertainment reporters, and definitely not talk about it when he was already involved with another woman!!
I would imagine that now, two days after the Oscars and the now-famous "Shallow" performance (which I personally LOVED), Bradley is probably horrified that he did something that created the exact effect that he didn't want to create -- which is to get people speculating and talking, analyzing his love life, and probably spreading rumors and making up nonsense. In his mind, that performance was probably not as "hot" as it came across to the viewers. He was nervous. He probably just wanted to attempt to stay on key, not make a fool of himself, and then be done with it.
Now... all that said... do I think that Bradley and Gaga have developed a special bond and connection? Absolutely. A Star is Born -- the preparation for it, the filming of it, and the various award ceremonies, parties, film festivals, premieres and other events to celebrate it -- has taken up almost a full 3 years, from when Bradley saw Gaga sing at that benefit back in spring 2016 to the Oscars this year. They have had a lot of time to get close, because they are constantly in each other's orbit. And when they filmed the movie, they not only had to shoot intimate love scenes, but they had to be vulnerable with each other and trust each other.
So I think that Gaga and Bradley got very close, and I think they absolutely DO have chemistry both on and off screen, BUT I don't think anything romantic is going to happen between them. I think that now that the whole A Star is Born ride has mostly come to an end, they will go back to their separate lives. because they won't be forced to see each other constantly anymore -- and life will just go on as usual.
However, I will say that, no matter how gorgeous Irina is, I would not blame her at all if she were uncomfortable witnessing the connection between Gaga and Bradley, the way they look at each other in various settings, and hearing the glowing things they say about each other. No matter what a woman looks like, if she sees her man really bonding with another woman, she is going to pay attention for a minute. I don't blame Irina for wanting to sit between them at the Oscars (although I giggled and thought it was hilarious), and I don't for one second think that Irina and Gaga are pals. I'm sure Irina is very relieved that the award shows are over now!! (And Bradley is probably relieved that he doesn't have to sing "Shallow" -- in front of an audience -- ever again!)