Lady Gaga assured America — and really, Bradley Cooper’s longtime girlfriend Irina Shayk — that she is not actually “in love” with her “A Star Is Born” co-star and director. It’s called acting, kids.
“We were watching it at home and were like, ‘What’s going on with these two?!?” Jimmy Kimmel remarked Wednesday of Gaga and Cooper’s sensual “Shallow” performance days earlier at the 91st Oscars.
That wasn’t just you, Kimmels.
“First of all, social media, quite frankly, is the toilet of the internet,” Gaga said of the instant conspiracy theories about her relationship with Cooper. “And what it has done to pop culture is just, like, abysmal.”
“Yes, people saw love, and guess what — that’s what we wanted you to see,” she continued. “This is a love song, ‘Shallow.’ The movie, ‘A Star Is Born,’ is a love story.”
Gaga then explained how intricately Cooper laid out each moment of their beautiful live duet. The man is a pro.
“I’m an artist and I guess we did a good job,” Gaga said a little later, adding that she spent years on tour with her arm around Tony Bennett, who is 60 years her senior. “Fooled ya!”
Watch her appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” via the video above.
An extended version of “A Star Is Born” enters theaters on Friday — it runs for just one week.