From The Straits Times    |

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You’d need to have been living under a rock for the past few months to have

1. Missed Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s newly released movie “A Star is Born”

2. Missed the Oscar (and Golden Globe) she won for her song from the movie

3. Not noticed that these two seem incredibly chummy — both on and off screen.

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After the pair performed an enchanting and intimate rendition of their smash hit “Shallow” live at the Oscars, everyone’s attention was turned onto Cooper’s girlfriend, Russian supermodel Irina Shayk, who was watching from the front row. Speculation was rife whether these two are in love in real life, with many, even celebrities, weighing in.

There’s no denying that their characters in the movie portrayed incredible chemistry, but then they’re both wonderful actors too, so we’d expect nothing less. Lady Gaga said as much in a recent interview in an attempt to dispel rumours. “People saw love, and guess what? That’s what we wanted you to see,” she said on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “I’m an artist, and I guess we did a good job. Fooled ya!”




Still, her comments did nothing to shut down the raging rumour mill. One look at Gaga’s Instagram and you’ll see Bradley is a frequent fixture. I mean, one can only stay in character for that long, right? Then there’s the fact that she split from long term partner/ex-fiancé Christian Carino just before the Oscars, sending social media into hyperdrive.

There’s also the fact that Irina, who has a one-year-old daughter with Bradley, unfollowed Gaga on Instagram before the Oscars. Watching the fiery chemistry they shared onstage must have been truly uncomfortable.

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So this begs the question: Is Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s friendship pushing the boundaries?

While it’s perfectly fine — and in fact, essential — to have friends beyond each other including from the opposite sex, how do you know if this friendship oversteps the boundary and moves into a flirty and sexual realm?

There are a few telltale signs you can keep an eye out for if you think your beau has his own co-star … if you get our drift.


1. He spends more time with her than with you

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It’s always nice to have a break from your partner and to spend time elsewhere — it makes you appreciate and miss each other more. That being said, if your beau is finding reasons to always be with one particular female over you, there could be a deeper reason behind “just hanging out”.


2. She makes contact out of hours, including weekends

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If she is a work colleague but she is always communicating with him beyond office hours and bleeding into weekends, and their conversations are not necessarily work-related, this is a red flag. It could mean they have developed a close relationship, and that she is finding reasons to keep his attention on her, past the office.


3. He responds enthusiastically

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Moving forward from above, if the communication is non-stop and he is constantly replying her with jokes, emoticons and follow-up questions, you’d know that he is as invested in the relationship as she is. It’s clear they enjoy their interaction, and do not want it to stop, even when they don’t see each other. Danger.




4. She appears all over his social media and vice versa

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Scroll through your beau’s social media feed — is her name everywhere? Does she like every post? Does she comment frequently? Worse, are her photos frequently up there? If your partner has a particular female friend who likes to leave her mark everywhere, have a think — is there a motive behind it? And does he reciprocate the attention? Often, girls who like guys try to get their attention on social media because it’s indirect flirting and can be passed off as ‘banter’.


5. His behaviour towards you has started to change since she came along

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This is a huge telltale sign that shows there’s more to the friendship than meets the eye. If it’s just platonic, there should be no impact on your eros relationship. If however, his attention is diverted onto another woman sexually, it will undoubtedly impact how he reacts and behaves towards you at home. Is he colder or less responsive? Does he spend most of his time on the phone?


6. He started to pay more attention to his looks

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Being in a long term relationship means it’s natural to reach a level of comfort where you tend to pay less heed to how you look to each other. Hanging at home means a worn t-shirt-and-shorts ensemble will do, not to mention a no makeup face. Pigging out on desserts while watching a film, instead of dressing to the nines at a fine-dining resto? Of course. But have you noticed him grooming himself a lot more? Is he suddenly into getting fit, or buying new scents and new outfits? That might mean he is hoping to look good for someone else.


7. He talks about her — a lot.

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These days, it seems he can’t stop regaling you with stories on what she thinks, what she said, and what she did. Need we say more?


It’s time to get serious and speak to your man. If you think he or she are crossing a line, sound it out with your partner and let him know your discomfort — before it’s too late.