In a candid conversation with Emma Stone during Variety's "Actors on Actors" series aired on December 8, Bradley Cooper, the renowned 48-year-old actor, shared a heartwarming insight into his life as a father. Cooper, who co-parents his 6-year-old daughter Lea De Seine with ex-partner Irina Shayk, disclosed his efforts to minimize smartphone use in her presence, even when faced with her profound, existential questions.
Recalling a recent interaction, Cooper mentioned how Lea, curious about life's mysteries, asked, "So what happens after, when you die?" His approach to parenting shone through as he chose honesty over convenience, responding, "You know, I actually don’t know.
Because I just always tell her the truth."
Lea's Google Query
Lea's innocent belief in the omniscience of technology surfaced when she wondered if Google had the answers. Cooper, amused and perhaps a bit startled by her suggestion, recounted this to Stone, who reacted with surprise and curiosity.
Stone inquired if Cooper had resorted to Google for answers, to which he replied in the negative, emphasizing their father-daughter time spent getting ice cream instead. Cooper's commitment to being present for his daughter was further highlighted when Stone pointed out the easy internet access through smartphones.
"Yeah, I don’t like to be on my phone around my daughter," he affirmed, a statement that earned him praise from Stone, who is also a parent. Irina Shayk, 37, mother to Lea and Cooper's ex-partner, has expressed high regard for Cooper as a father.
In a November interview with Elle, she lauded him as the ideal father for Lea, attributing their effective co-parenting to mutual effort and commitment. "It always works because we make it work," Shayk stated. Despite their split in July 2019 after a four-year relationship, Shayk and Cooper have successfully navigated co-parenting without a nanny.
Shayk revealed their dedication to giving Lea a well-rounded upbringing, involving her in their lives and routines, from gym visits to fashion fittings. Both Cooper and Shayk have since moved on in their personal lives. Cooper has been recently linked with model Gigi Hadid, while Shayk was reportedly dating Tom Brady in the recent past. Despite their breakup in October, the two were seen together on December 8 in Miami, indicating a friendly rapport.