It used to be that first came love, then came marriage. These days, the trajectory of a modern celebrity relationship is typically along the lines of “first comes unnamed sources quoted saying so-and-so are hanging out and keeping it casual but really really like each other, then comes grainy paparazzi snaps of public displays of affection.” Gigi Hadid and Bradley Cooper are now at that second stage of courtship, and were photographed holding hands while out and about in London Thursday.
The two have been romantically linked since October 2023, but this is the first PDA the public has seen from the couple. Cooper has a 6-year-old daughter with ex-girlfriend Irina Shayk, and was previously married to Jennifer Esposito for less than a year, from 2006 to 2007. He is 49. Hadid, 29, also has a 3-year-old daughter, whom she shares with her ex-boyfriend Zayn Malik, a former member of bygone boy band One Direction. Cooper received a Best Picture and Best Actor nomination this week from the Academy Awards for Maestro, which he directed in addition to taking the starring role.
Of course, Hadid and Cooper have been previously spotted out and about together, having dinner or just walking around or boarding a jet with suitcases in New York City, as they were Tuesday, but this is the first documented bit of affectionate physical contact we’ve seen between the two, their hands linked as they strolled the streets of London, both bundled up and wearing sunglasses despite the winter gloom.
And those unnamed sources, they’re all about the match: “Their relationship is on steroids,” a source told Page Six back in November, saying that “they are together every day.” Might we see Hadid filling a seat at the Maestro table come Oscar night? Only time will tell.