After days of breathless innuendo and whispers, Lady Gaga visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night (Feb. 27) to dispel the rumors that her steamy, much-talked-about duet with A Star is Born co-star/director Bradley Cooper on the Oscar-winning hit “Shallow” at Sunday night’s Academy Awards was anything but make believe.
“We were watching it at home and wondered, ‘What’s going on between these two?’ And it caused this big controversy because you had such a connection with Bradley, that instantly, and I guess this is a compliment, people started saying, ‘Oh, well they must be in love,'” Kimmel said. Gaga, who brought along her Oscar for best original song in her giant leather purse, rolled her eyes and said there was a very simple explanation for the smoldering sensation.
“First of all, social media quite frankly is the toilet of the internet and what it has done to pop culture is just, like, abysmal,” Gaga said. “And, yes, people saw love, and guess what? That’s what we wanted you to see. This is a love song, ‘Shallow.’ The movie, A Star is Born, it’s a love story.” She explained that the other reason the connection seemed so real was because that’s how Cooper wanted it.
While Gaga — rocking platinum hair and a sparkly, partially nude black dress — is typically very controlling when it comes to her stage show, for the Oscars she said she surrendered that control to Cooper, who had very specific ideas for how every frame should look and feel. “We worked so hard, we worked all week on that performance,” she said, reminding viewers that Cooper directed the movie, as well as all the musical moments and the pivotal “Shallow” scene, which is why she trusted his vision for how the Oscars performance should unfold.
“I knew that he had the vision for how it should go,” she said, explaining that every aspect of how the Oscars performance came off was Cooper’s doing. “The way that it was shot, the way they pushed the piano out — you saw them put the piano together — us walk up on stage, no intro, that was all him.” She also said the Cooper requested that the audience be lit a certain way, which necessitated Gaga calling her longtime lighting director to come in and work some magic.
“From a performance perspective it was so important to both of us that we were connected the entire time,” she said, noting that she’s had her “arms wrapped around” 92 year-old Tony Bennett for three years while touring the world and there’s obviously nothing going on there either. “When you’re singing love songs that what you want people to feel… I’m an artist and I guess we did a good job. Fooled ya!”
A Star is Born will return to theaters for a special one-week engagement with 12 additional minutes of footage starting Friday (March 1).
Watch Gaga talk about the Oscar’s performance and practicing her Oscar acceptance speech her whole life on Kimmel below.