Bradley Cooper is gearing up for fatherhood.
Cooper’s girlfriend Victoria’s Secret model Irina Shayk, is pregnant with first child for both of them.
“They both want kids one day and that’s been discussed between them,” an insider said last year, just a few months after Cooper and Shayk had started dating.
Cooper—who wasn’t too far removed from a breakup with girlfriend Suki Waterhouse—and Shayk, who was just as barely removed from the end of her five-year relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo when she started dating Cooper, have made a concerted effort to play this one close to the vest.
Irina Shayk is a Russian model who received international recognition in 2007 when she became the exclusive contracted face of Intimissimi lingerie and made her first appearance in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
She was also the first Russian model that graced the cover in 2011 and Models.com ranks her at No. 8 in the world, for her social media following.
They didn’t even walk a red carpet together until this past March, nearly a year into their relationship.
At other times, however, Cooper has spoken candidly about the importance of family to him (fairly obvious considering his two-time Oscar date, Mom) and about his desire to become a father at some point.
“I loved waking up in my family, and that’s not always the case [for others],” Cooper told Barbara Walters in 2014 when he was selected as one of her most fascinating people of the year. He has talked in various interviews about his relationship with his own father, who helped turn him onto cinema as a kid, and how Charles Cooper’s death in 2011 marked a turning point for him as far as his overall outlook on life.
“It almost did the opposite of motivating me,” Cooper told British GQ recalling the effect the loss had on him. “It was about keeping the main thing the main thing.”
About becoming a dad himself, Cooper told Details in 2013, “I really hope I have that experience in my life. I saw how much joy fatherhood gave my own dad. So I hope it’s part of my journey. You go through stages in your life, and fatherhood seems like a natural stage.”
Understandably, one of Cooper’s regrets was that his own kids one day wouldn’t get to meet their grandfather.
“I’m sorry my father won’t be around to see his grandchildren, but he knows fatherhood was something I was looking forward to,” the three-time acting Oscar nominee then told Square Mile magazine a little later in fall 2013. “That’s my next big step in life.”
“I would say I am a romantic, for sure. I think most guys are deep down,” he told the Mail Online in January 2013 about the first-comes-love part of the equation. “I look at my parents, who have been married happily since 1963, and my grandparents are the same. What guy wouldn’t want that?”
“I think the thought of a traditional family home is awesome,” Cooper added. “Traditional roles are becoming a thing of the past, but I think there is something really charming about them.”