Isabel Jones
Sep 14, 2018 @ 3:15 pm

Though Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk are without a doubt one of Hollywood’s highest profile couples, they’re also one of the most private.

The actor-cum-director and Victoria’s Secret model began dating in 2015 and welcomed a daughter named Lea in March 2017.

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Now that Bradley’s passion project and directorial debut A Star Is Born is approaching its national release date, the 43-year-old is opening up about another one of his passion projects: baby Lea.

“I've been opened up to a world of children's music, that's for sure, ” Cooper told NPR, addressing how the birth of his daughter has affected his career.

“I spent about 15 years going from movie to movie to movie,” he continued. “And then I hit 39 and I stopped and I said, ‘What do I really want to do?’ I want to tell Joseph Merrick's story in The Elephant Man. So I did that for a year.

Then this story came to me, A Star Is Born, and then I spent the next four years doing that. And the one thing that I know in the future is: It's worth all the time to dedicate, even if one piece of art comes out of it in a half a decade, that would still be incredible as long as I can feel like it's the movie I wanted to make, which is this movie. So 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.”

Cooper’s artistic achievement was no doubt enriched by his co-star and creative confidant Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta), who the Hangover alum admits he “knew nothing about” before they collaborated on the film.

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“I couldn't believe how comfortable she made me feel, and how present she was,” he says of his and Gaga’s first encounter.

Aside from their creative synchronicity, Gaga and Cooper bonded on another level: “We were very, very loved as children,” he said of both himself and his co-star. “And when I meet people that have had that similar upbringing, I can just see it in them. And that's the thing I want my daughter to have — I just always want her to feel loved.”

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