So why do we REALLY need the Gaga/Cooper friendship to be more than it is?
Lady Gaga and Cooper’s friendship – both on and off-screen – has been undeniably captivating.
Gaga famously told E! News: “Bradley is such a kind and loving and real person. I’m so honored to have you as my friend.” Cooper, likewise, told TIME magazine: “I love her so deeply. It’s because we were at our most vulnerable together.”
But, while their inimitable chemistry left fans overjoyed, both Cooper and Gaga have been keen to stress that their relationship is entirely platonic.
“People saw love and guess what, that’s what we wanted you to see,” Gaga said, stressing that what she was doing with Cooper in A Star Is Born was acting. As in, pretending. “When you’re singing love songs, that’s what you want people to feel.”
Well, exactly. And we should remember, too, that life is not a cheap When Harry Met Sally knockoff: men and women can actually share a friendly conversation without falling into bed together. And, in the wake of the #MeToo movement, isn’t it more wonderful to hear about a working relationship based on mutual trust and respect?
As psychotherapist Paul Hokemeyer tells Prevention’s Leah Groth: “In a world that’s become mired by sexual aggression, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s deep respect and admiration for one another is refreshing and inspirational.
“It proves that men and women can relate to each other as equals, vulnerable human beings who rely on one another for support as they grow into better, more evolved versions of their selves.”
Exactly. And isn’t it better to believe that Gaga and Cooper value each other as individuals, rather than sex objects?