All the Sweet Things Bradley Cooper Said About Irina Shayk and Their Family Ahead of Split

PEOPLE.com | 6/7/2019 | Staff
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Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk have always kept their relationship private, but in the months before their split, the actor and director opened up about the profound impact both Shayk and their young daughter have had on him.

During a February conversation with Oprah Winfrey, the Academy Award-nominated star, 44, explained that having a family “changed everything” for him.

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“Our daughter, she’s incredible,” he said of 2-year-old daughter Lea De Seine during a chat for Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square, adding that he sees a lot of his late father Charles, who died in 2011 after battling with lung cancer, in his baby girl.

“I can’t believe I’m gonna admit this, but I had moments when … I was in the room with her, I would say, ‘Dad?’” he shared. “There are some moments where she looks just like my father.”

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Cooper, who spent years jumping from one project to the next, has also credited becoming a father with helping him slow down and appreciate the present.

“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,” Cooper told NPR last September. “Then this story came to me, A Star Is Born, and then I spent the next four years doing that. And the one thing that I know in the future is: It’s worth all the time to dedicate, even if one piece of art comes out of it in a half a decade, that would still be incredible as long as I can feel like it’s the movie I wanted to make, which is this movie.”

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