The singer/actress sat down with Oprah Winfrey for the December issue of Elle magazine. Among the many topics discussed during the sit-down was Gaga and Coopers' performance of "Shallow" at the 2019 Oscars. The onstage chemistry between the co-stars, who were both nominated for A Star Is Born, immediately ignited dating rumors; however, Gaga said the intimate duet was nothing more than an act.
"Quite frankly, I think the press is very silly. I mean, we made a love story," she explained. "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."
She continued: "... When we talked about it, we went, 'Well, I guess we did a good job!'"
Rumors of a Gaga-Cooper romance were fueled back in June, after Cooper had ended his relationship with Irina Shayk. Many suspected the relationship became strained due to Cooper's connection with his costar. It's worth noting Gaga had previously shut down these rumors days after the 2019 Oscars, during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
"First of all, social media, quite frankly, is the toilet of the internet," Gaga said when asked about the relationship "controversy." "And what it has done to pop culture is abysmal. And yes, people saw love. 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."
You can read Gaga's full interview with Oprah on Elle's website.