Is Bradley Cooper forcing Lady Gaga to use her real name in A Star Is Born? A new report claims they're feuding over the film's credits. Gossip Cop, however, knows the truth.
As Gossip Cop has reported, Cooper is both directing and starring in the highly-anticipated remake alongside Gaga. Now months and months after the singer-actress was cast in the co-leading role, the National Enquirer is claiming she and Cooper are at odds... over her name. The supermarket tabloid writes in its new issue that even though the actor-turned-director "handpicked" Gaga be in the movie, he "suddenly ain't gaga" over her anymore.
A so-called "on-set spy" alleges to the gossip magazine that both stars were initially "thrilled" to team up on the project, but now "Cooper suddenly had the chutzpah to insist to his shocked star that she MUST drop her 'Lady Gaga' stage moniker and use her real name," Stefani Germanotta, to give the movie "credibility." The publication's source asserts Gaga was "livid" and "raging" over the demand, refusing to give up her "brand."
"Incredibly, Bradley still thinks he can change her tune and they're battling back and forth," adds the outlet's alleged tipster. And that right there is a major clue that this quote was made up. Real people don't refer to someone by their last name in one sentence and then their first name in the next. This "spy," who Gossip Cop doubts actually exists, unnaturally went from "Cooper" to "Bradley."
That's not the only reason Gossip Cop is suspicious of this story. Last September, the tabloid ran a piece claiming Irina Shayk was upset about Cooper and Gaga's on-screen chemistry. The magazine alleged the co-stars were "steaming up the set together" and possibly sparking a romance. But at the time the article was published, production hadn't even started.
In fact, shooting only began this very month, long after that obviously fabricated tale was published. Now once again, the National Enquirer is twisting the truth to match its own fictional reality. Gaga will indeed be credited as "Stefani Germanotta" in A Star Is Born, as announced when the first set photo was released this week (see above). But that decision has nothing to do with Cooper forcing the singer to do so. Rather, Gossip Cop is informed by a contact, she genuinely wants to use her birth name to distinguish this acting project from past endeavors.
"I am so excited to star in my first movie alongside someone I'm so lucky to call my friend," Gaga wrote on Instagram on Monday about Cooper, with whom she is clearly not feuding. She further said, "I always wanted to be an actress on the big screen. The story of 'A Star is Born' is so special and I'm so grateful to Bradley for making my dream come true." And using "Stefani Germanotta" in the credits is part of that dream. It's as simple and non-scandalous as that.
Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.