Bradley Cooper talks about being a dad - and it's absolutely adorable
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By Practical Parenting team
January 16 2019
Bradley Cooper is no stranger to the spotlight and has taken on many roles including actor, Hollywood hunk and most recently director. But it’s only now that the star has given us the first glimpse into his role as dad.
The father-of-one shares a daughter, Lea, with international supermodel and Victoria’s Secret runway model, Irina Shayk. The pair started dating in April of 2015 and became happy parents almost two years later.
Since baby Lea was born in March 2017, both Bradley and Irina have remained very private about their daughter choosing not to share pictures on social media or talk about her openly in the press.
While promoting A Star Is Born, which Bradley both directed and starred in alongside Lady Gaga, he shared a snippet of his life.
Bradley touched on the ways that becoming a father has affected his career when asked by NPR replying,
“Well, I’ve been opened up to a world of children’s music, that’s for sure.… I spent about 15 years going from movie to movie to movie. And then I hit 39 and I stopped and I said, ‘What do I really want to do?’ I want to tell Joseph Merrick’s story in The Elephant Man. So I did that for a year.
“Then this story came to me, A Star Is Born, and then I spent the next four years doing that...So I guess having a child, and having a family of my own — which is a miracle and something I’ve always dreamt of — has opened me up even more, I guess, to the day, and to be present.”
He also gave a glimpse into how he feels about raising his daughter, “Here's the other thing that connected Stefani [Germanotta, Lady Gaga's given name] and myself right away, is that we were very, very loved as children. And when I meet people that have had that similar upbringing, I can just see it in them. And that's the thing I want my daughter to have — I just always want her to feel loved.”
He added, “Everything is different when you’re a dad.”