From the outside, Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk looked like a picture perfect couple who had it all. They were both famous and successful in their own right, were madly in love, and welcomed a beautiful baby daughter that they both loved and cherished. It really looked like life couldn’t get better for this ridiculously beautiful and photogenic pair.
However, what fans got to see from the outside only told one part of the story. Apparently, Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk weren’t doing so great behind closed doors and it was only a matter of time before they pulled the plug on their relationship. Here are 10 co-parenting rules that Brad and Irina should keep in mind for their daughter.
10 Keep It Positive
It might be very tempting to drag the other person through the mud, especially after a bad break up. But that’s the last thing that Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk want to do, especially for their young daughter Lea De Seine Shayk Cooper.
If anything, they should work on keeping things positive, at least for Lea’s sake. That means no trash talking, no pointing the finger at the other parent or worse, going against their wishes. As difficult as it will be at times, Bradley and Irina still need to work together as co-parents if they want to successfully raise their daughter.
9 Stay Friends – No Matter What
This might be very hard not only for Bradley and Irina, but for many other couples who have gone through a terrible breakup. Yes, you need to keep things as positive and smooth as possible but yes, you also have to work on maintaining some sort of relationship, even if it is just a friendship. As a matter of fact, a lot of separated and divorced couples find that they work better with their ex as friends than as partners. And who knows, that might be the case between Bradley and Irina. At least, that’s what our hope is for them.
8 Respect Each Other’s Privacy
As many of his fans know, Bradley Cooper is a fiercely private person. He doesn’t like to talk about his personal life and he certainly doesn’t like it when other people ask him about it, either. That’s why Irina needs to keep a few things in mind going forward. (And if you follow her on IG, she never comments about her private life anyway.)
For the sake of consistency, she shouldn’t open up too much about their daughter or put her in the spotlight, especially if it’s going to upset Bradley. Sure, Irina might also have her own goals in mind, but the two need to do what’s best for Lea and put her needs as a priority over their own.
7 Embrace The Changes
A lot of people will agree that separating and starting new lives is never easy, regardless of who you are or what your background might be. But for Bradley and Irina, they should consider embracing the changes. If anything, Bradley will always put his daughter first in his life. He’s already admitted that fatherhood has changed him in so many different ways. “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,” Bradley said, according to Huff Post.
6 Staying True To Yourself
While a lot of people seem to get lost or caught up in all of the changes, a lot of health professionals will agree that it’s important to stay true to one’s self. Sure, being a parent is very important, but don’t forget about yourself, your needs, and your own life!
Thankfully, this is something that Bradley does quite often. He credits both of his parents for being such important people in his life and for giving him a great foundation during his childhood. “My dad works his way into my life every day,” Bradley said, according to Huffington Post. “Luckily, thank God, I still dream about him — he comes into my dreams.”
5 Work As A Team
Sooner or later Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk are going to have different partners in their life. After all, they are two of the most beautiful people in the celebrity world. And while there might be some people that will come and go in their lives, both Bradley and Irina have to remember to work as a team. Why? Because they will always have one person who will connect them for the rest of their lives: their daughter Lea. And that’s a fact that’s not going to change anytime soon, either. They have to continuously be on the same page at all times.
4 Don’t Forget To Communicate
A lot of working and busy parents get caught up with their lives, both professionally and personally. They tend to forget that they still need to communicate with their ex, especially when it comes to making important decisions in their child’s life.
What’s more, you don’t want to leave your ex hanging or out of the loop when it comes to important things like school matters, extra-curricular activities, or holidays and vacation schedules. Bradley and Irina will have to try their best to keep their personal grievances for one another aside and talk about what matters the most: their daughter Lea and her day-to-day life.
3 Have The Same Goals
Throughout Lea’s ages and stages, Bradley and Irina will have to remember to have the same parenting goals. They need to talk–whether it’s on the phone or in-person–about what they want for their daughter, how they plan on raising her in two separate houses and what they can do to make sure that Lea feels loved and supported at all times. Bradley once said (via Huff Post): “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.”
2 Have The Same Rules And Guidelines
With the above being said, Bradley and Irina should also think about having the same rules for Lea in both of their houses. In other words, if one parent says that there’s no electronics or screen time on certain days, the other parent should follow suit.
And if one parent decides to punish the child by taking away a certain toy or giving them a chore, the other parent should also comply, too. Spitefulness never gets anyone anywhere. Again, communication is the key and the more you talk to your ex, the happier everyone will be at the end of the day.
1 Remember That You Are Still A Family
Even though Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk pulled the plug on their relationship, they should still act like a family for their daughter Lea. That means having family dinners and outings or at least letting Lea know that she can count on both of her parents at the same time.
It might take a little effort to make it happen, but it’s possible. A happy family doesn’t mean one, nuclear family. A happy family means having two parents who are committing to giving their children the most love they possibly can. And from what we can tell, Bradley and Irina are on their way to making it happen.