Lady Gaga opened up to Oprah about her relationship with Bradley Cooper in A Star is Born, her new mission as an artist and more for Elle’s December cover story, out Wednesday (Nov. 6).
“Quite frankly I think the press is very silly,” the superstar told Oprah regarding the rumors that swirled around her and Cooper in the wake of the Oscar-winning musical. “I mean, we made a love story. For me, as a performer and as an actress, of course we wanted people to believe that we were in love. And we wanted people to feel that love at the Oscars. We wanted it to go right through the lens of that camera and to every television that it was being watched on. And we worked hard on it, we worked for days. We mapped the whole thing out–it was orchestrated as a performance.”
During the interview, Gaga also looked back on her infamous meat dress moment from the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, and how her perspective on her artistry has evolved since then.
“Well, the meat dress, quite frankly, I didn’t think it was going to be as shocking to everyone as it was,” she said of the moment, which she used to make a statement about the military’s anti-LGBT don’t ask, don’t tell policy. “But that’s just me. I have a sort of eccentric brain, so for me, I was like, ‘Of course this makes sense.’…For me that wasn’t shocking; it was shocking to the world.”
However, Gaga explained that her mission in life, and as a performer, is no longer to simply shock or “bemuse” people into a “state of confusion where they can’t look away.”
“And I have to say,” she continued, “it was quite recently — after doing A Star is Born, and working with Bradley Cooper, and my experience even with winning an Oscar — I sort of just went to myself, ‘You have a much greater mission on this earth than to freak the hell out of people. Your mission is to give people a form of love through your art that lifts them up.’
After Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper sent the internet into a frenzy with their steamy Oscars performance, Mother Monster appeared on Wednesday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! to set the record straight on those romance rumors.
When Jimmy Kimmel asked her about the speculation, the nine-time Grammy winner gave a giant eye roll and let her expression say it all.
“First of all, like, social media, quite frankly, is the toilet of the internet. What it has done to pop culture is just, like, abysmal,” the singer said. “Yes, people saw love and—guess what—that’s what we wanted you to see.”
Gaga then reiterated the award-winning number they performed, “Shallow,” is a love song and that their film, A Star Is Born, is a love story. She also explained how Cooper planned out their entire performance—from their walkup together and the piano rollout to the camera shots and the lighting.
“I knew that he had the vision for how it should go,” she said.
In addition, the Ally character said it was important to both celebrities to be “connected the entire time” for the performance.
“Look, I’ve had my arms wrapped around Tony Bennett for three years touring the world,” she said. “When you’re singing love songs, that’s what you want people to feel.”
Kimmel then jokingly asked Gaga if she was having an affair with the 92-year-old crooner.
“No!” Gaga said before shutting down the romance rumors once and for all. “No, I’m an artist, and I guess [Cooper and I] did a good job. And, fooled ya!”
The late-night host seemed to understand where she was coming from.
“You know what? I fall in love when I look at him,” he quipped. “It’s really hard not to look into those eyes and just get lost.”
In addition to addressing the romance rumors, Gaga brought out her Oscar and reflected on her win for Best Original Song.
“I swear, when we won, it was like my whole artistic journey flashed before my eyes,” she said. “I instantly saw myself sitting on my stoop of my studio apartment in New York City, on the concrete, with my keyboard next to me, trying to figure out how I was going to lug my keyboard, again, up my walk-up. It’s incredible. This was hard work. I said it in my speech and I’ll say it again: If you work hard and you don’t give up, you can do anything.”
She also spoke about A Star Is Born returning to theaters with additional footage and received a special surprise from Kimmel in honor of the movie’s album going platinum.