On paper, they appear to be Hollywood's Golden Couple. For months, fans have berated the pair to bring their on-screen romance to fruition.
But alas, Hollywood doesn't have a gleaming history of fidelity.
In 1963, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton made the art of cheating seem somewhat romantic. Meeting on the set of Cleopatra, Burton and Taylor fell in love, despite both being married at the time (Burton to actress Sybil Williams and Taylor to Eddie Fisher). They left their respective spouses and wed a year later, only to divorce, get back together and divorce again.
Claire Danes and Billy Crudup fell in love while playing romantic leads in 2004's Shakespearean drama, Stage Beauty, despite Crudup having been married to Mary Louise Parker for eight years (while she was also 7-months pregnant with their son). Meanwhile, Danes was dating (and living with) Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee.
For 6 years, Kate Hudson had been the picture of bohemian wedded bliss with Black Crowe’s singer Chris Robinson. But it all went out the window when she was cast alongside Owen Wilson in 2006’s You, Me, and Dupree. Hudson and Wilson’s initial affair lasted only 6 months, but it was enough to spur a divorce.
In 2005, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt starred alongside each other in the Doug Liman thriller Mr & Mrs Smith, and fell helplessly in love. Brad eventually left his wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie. The two later wed and went on to share six children, only to announce their separation in 2016.
It's important to note, none of the above examples lasted.
In Brad and Angelina's case, the entire world took animosity on Jen's behalf. But, in Cooper and Gaga's case, the public seems to be almost fanatical in its intensity for the two to engage in an affair. The public would be naive to assume its persistence wouldn't have an effect on the actor's real-world relationship.
Although, it would be naive of me to suggest Gaga and Cooper aren't fuelling the fantasy in a mere act in itself - boosting the popularity and cult-status of Cooper's film A Star Is Born. Cooper's adaption invites the audience to feel like we’re not just watching scenes but hanging out in them, right along with the characters, sharing their space and emotions, which we can't help, in turn, relate to the actor's real selves.
What should be taken out of this, is respect for the pair bringing to life two characters who convinced us so whole-heartedly of their love that we can't help but pour it into the real world.
But, let's not unfairly punish Cooper and Gaga's personal lives for the sake of a happy ending for Jackson and Ally.
Watch below: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper perform 'Shallow' live on stage.
This article originally appeared on marie claire Australia.