I will always sort of believe that it took so long for Leonardo DiCaprio to win an Oscar because the stuffy Academy voters didn’t like the vibe from his personal life. Leo never pretended to be a family man, nor did he pretend to be interested in women his age. He was out there with the posse/wolfpack, selecting Victoria’s Secret models to date and dumping them before their 25th birthday. That didn’t “sell well” as an Oscar campaign. Part of me likes the fact that Oscar-nominated men are treated the same as women – it’s seen as a big plus when they have a loving spouse and photogenic kids. So that’s what Bradley Cooper is leaning into – he’s not a Leo D type, Academy voters. He’s a family man with a photogenic partner and an adorable blonde daughter. OSCAR, PLZ.
Although Bradley Cooper is riding a professional high — his directorial debut, A Star is Born, has earned eight Oscar nominations and more than $400 million at the worldwide box office — the 44-year-old actor’s home life is where his heart is, ever since his daughter Lea, 22 months, was born.
“Bradley is like a changed person,” a source tells PEOPLE in the new issue about how Cooper has embraced parenthood with girlfriend Irina Shayk, 33. “Becoming a dad seems to be such a positive experience for him.”
Lea De Seine Shayk Cooper was born on March 21, 2017 in Los Angeles. She is the first child for Cooper and the Russian supermodel, who have been dating since 2015. Although Cooper and Shayk are fiercely private, “they are very active with [Lea],” says the source. “They go for neighborhood walks, visit the farmer’s market, play on the beach, or take Lea to a toddler class.”
Despite the fact that Shayk has often worn a large emerald ring on that finger for more than two years, the source says that right now co-parenting is more important to the couple than getting married: “They’re focused on their daughter, and they seem happy together.”
An engagement would have done some good, but it’s too late for that now – it would be too obvious an Oscar campaign ploy. It would have been better to announce an engagement last fall. But this is fine too – Bradley’s obviously in a happy and stable relationship and there are photos of him with Lea and HE IS NOT LEO. ‘Nuff said. Well played, Bradley.