Key Words: Lady Gaga to Oscars watchers certain she and Bradley Cooper are an item: ‘Fooled you’

It’s been nearly a week since the Oscars ceremony, and still people are wondering exactly what they witnessed in the steamy live performance of the song “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and actor/director Bradley Cooper: a duet or a declaration?

To wit, just Saturday, this:

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fans think they've spotted 'evidence' of affair

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The week’s speculation, or at least a notable proportion of it, was in spite of the artist formerly known as Stefani Germanotta’s having taken the question on directly, saying, with an eye roll, on ABC’s

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“Jimmy Kimmel Live”:

“People,” she said, “saw love, and — guess what — that’s what we wanted you to see. This is a love song, ‘Shallow,’ [and] the movie, ‘A Star Is Born,’ is a love story.”

An Elle story did some additional work on the pressing matter, addressing those — including on the set of “The View,” where one co-host insisted this sort of chemistry can’t be feigned — who might remain unpersuaded that the actors were merely acting and, further, might be concerned that a real-life romantic partner would have been made uncomfortable, at least in the moment. Not to worry, it concluded.