Bradley Cooper shared with Oprah Winfrey on her segment, Super Soul, that having his first child (daughter Lea de Seine Shayk Cooper) has been a life-changing (and amazing) experience! He welcomed Lea with his long-time girlfriend, Irina Shayk.
Cooper also divulged on Ellen that he often sees his own father in Lea, making their relationship feel heartfelt. He explained, "I can't believe I'm going to admit this, but I had moments when … I was just in the room with her I would just say 'Dad?' "There are some moments where she looks just like my father. I watch too many movies." These remarks precipitated roars of laughter from the audience. This is definitely a treat for fans who know the actor from The Hangover as a generally private man.
Cooper playfully shares that fatherhood allowed him to embrace his childlike self without any fear or judgment. He loves that he can play with toys or watch cartoons endlessly, and it not be weird or a waste of his time. At 44, he fancies being introduced to a world of children's music. One sure fire way the proud dad has discovered to make his daughter laugh is to “dance goofily.” Once considered to be one of Hollywood's most eligible bachelors, Cooper still oozes charm- perhaps even more so, now that he’s a dad.
In a conversation with NPR's Morning Edition (in September of 2018) about how welcoming his daughter changed his work, he shared, "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."
Although Cooper and his girlfriend Shayk are irresistibly private, “they are very active with [Lea],” explains a source to People. “They go for neighborhood walks, visit the farmer’s market, play on the beach, or take Lea to a toddler class.” For the stunning couple, co-parenting is more important to them than getting married at this moment. They're completely focused on their daughter, and are more than happy to do so.
Cooper and Shayk came out on the red carpet as a couple at the L'Oreal Red Obsession Party during Paris Fashion Week in March 2016, having started dating in April 2015 on a date to the Broadway show Finding Neverland. Then, in November 2016, the world discovered that Shayk was pregnant with the couple's first baby. This was after she was photographed on the Victoria's Secret runway wearing ensembles that covered her midsection to reveal less than her fellow models.
People reports that despite Bradley Cooper gleaning incredible professional success as of late (especially with A Star is Born earning more than $400 million as a box office hit), his family and life at home is his true priority.
“Bradley is like a changed person,” the same source explained to PEOPLE. “Becoming a dad seems to be such a positive experience for him.”