Another celebrity couple is in our midst! The fact that Bradley Cooper dating Irina Shayk is almost confirmed is certainly exciting, especially after what feels like a lifetime of rumors, supposed breakups, and kissing pictures taken by the paparazzi. The famed actor, who is likely preparing to once again voice Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and his Russian model girlfriend have finally made a big statement about their relationship status, and it’s what everyone already expected.
The idea that Bradley Cooper is dating Irina Shayk began as far back as April of last year, when the pair had both recently ended their previous serious relationships, Shayk with soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo after five years together and Cooper with his longtime girlfriend, Suki Waterhouse, who’s also a model. Guess Bradley Cooper has a preference, huh? And she must like older men; the actor is 11 years her senior.
The first time the pair were pictured together was at a Broadway show, though sources claimed they have known each other for quite some time, as in before the dating rumors started, and that they were already accustomed to spending time together. They were later seen attending a White House dinner together, and you don’t bring just anyone to those, right? As for how they met, it was supposedly Cooper’s management team that brought the two together, though she was technically picked off a list; the team reportedly gave him a whole set of pics of beautiful women to choose from!
Further speculation would come in August of last year, when the two were spotted kissing while on vacation in Italy together. And these weren’t friendly kisses between extremely close friends: we’re talking full-on joined at the lips kind of smooching where the only way it could be more intimate is if they were naked. And if that wasn’t enough, there were also shots of the couple snuggling up together on the beach. These paparazzi shots couldn’t have made it clearer that something was going on between Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk, and yet the two still remained tight-lipped on if what was going on between the two was a summer fling or something more; for all fans knew, the two could have married at some private ceremony the night before!
Then in January of 2016, new rumors made their way to the press, only this time they were saying the celebrity couple had called it quits—and this before their being a couple was even officially confirmed! The stated reason for the split was due to Bradley Cooper’s mother, who the esteemed actor is incredibly close to; she and Irina Shayk reportedly just couldn’t get along, so Cooper ended things because he couldn’t see a relationship working without his mom’s support and approval. This came following a different rumor, which said the two were going to be moving in together soon.
However, the rumors were just that, as shown this week by the two attending the L’Oréal Red Obsession Party in Paris together. This marked their first appearance on the red carpet as a couple, where they shared some serious PDA. Given where they did it and in front of how many people—no sly paparazzi this time—it’s probably a safe bet to finally say that, yes, the rumors of Bradley Cooper dating Irina Shayk are completely (and officially) true!