"She's a cool chick. We can hang, and she can roll with the punches," Cooper said about his mother.
Bradley Cooper's character in A Star Is Born sings loudly into the mic, “It takes a lot to change a man, hell, it takes a lot to try." In his own life, Cooper has tried and succeeded. He is not just a star but also a loving son. He lost his father to lung cancer but this loss brought him even closer to his mother, Gloria Campano. The actor started to spend more time with her, the pair even traveled to Europe together and then he invited her to live with him at his home in Los Angeles.
Bradley said of the move, “We’re surviving. Both of us. Let’s face it, it’s probably not easy for her, by the way, to be living with her son,” adding “It’s life.” Cooper previously told the Los Angeles Times, "My family is very close, and my dad dying was brutal for all of us. It was a schism, and its aftershock has not stopped. And we need each other. So here we are … it's not like I live in a compound and she's in the guesthouse. No, she's in the next room." He added, "But here's the thing, she's a cool chick. We can hang, and she can roll with the punches."
In a conversation with Anthony Ramos for Interview magazine, the actor discussed his efforts to protect his nearly 80-year-old mother from COVID-19. "I’m with my daughter and my mother and my two dogs, and we have not left the house. My mother is going to be 80, and she has a colostomy bag, so I can’t let anybody in the house," he said. "And I can’t leave the house, because if she gets it, it’s over." He continued, "We live in a little townhouse, thankfully there’s a backyard." Cooper also noted how he's also trying to entertain his daughter. "I’m running a one-man preschool. We get up, we do swim class in the bathtub."
The actor had also spoken about the grief of losing his father to cancer to the New York Times, “It’s a new reality,” he said of life after his father’s death. “Everything, everything. It’s not even one thing, it’s a whole new world." As per PEOPLE, he often works with Stand Up 2 Cancer and other organizations working towards finding the cure for the disease.
He gave an emotional speech in April 2016 at the Parker Foundation’s launch of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy about caring for his father during his illness. “I just want to tell you about my father Charles J. Cooper, he passed away from lung cancer in 2011,” Cooper began. “I was in a very lucky position because I was able to put everything on hold in all aspects of my life and completely focus on taking care of him.”
Bradley Cooper revealed an emotional memory about the moment that his father died: "When he took the last breath I honestly felt like it went into me." https://t.co/gS0dTtTzXc— USA TODAY Life (@usatodaylife) February 6, 2019
Even with the vast resources at his disposal, the Oscar nominee described the process of treating his father’s cancer as “just simply overwhelming, incredibly stressful, complex and all-consuming.” He continued, “I can’t even imagine how much more difficult it is for those patients and the families that are less fortunate than I was that simply can’t afford to pay for both treatment and rent," reported PEOPLE.
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