Former Spice Girl Mel B has her say on Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's steamy Oscar performance
The 2019 Oscars, which took place this past weekend, was not a ceremony you could describe as "boring". The first Oscars to not have a host since 1989's dumpster fire of an awards show featuring Snow White and Rob Lowe's substandard singing voice, there were spills, thrills, twists and turns last Sunday.
But as the dust settles on the 91st Academy Awards, there's only one thing people were talking about: the off-the-charts chemistry between A Star Is Born co-stars Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, as they performed what turned out to be the winner for Best Original Song, Shallow.
Now, anyone who saw the film will not be surprised that the chemistry between this pair extends beyond the big screen. But despite the swirling rumours and Lady Gaga's called-off engagement with Christian Carino, Lady Gaga's been pretty insistent that nothing's going on, going on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to clarify that.
You're no fun, Gaga. No fun at all.
But even so, celebrities are still turning up in their droves to give their own take on the budding romance that never was, and this week, it's the turn of former Spice Girl Melanie Janine Brown, who we all know as Mel B. Asked by Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain about her take on the whole escapade, Scary Spice admitted the entire thing made her a little bit "uncomfortable".
"I felt so uncomfortable for Bradley's girlfriend, oh my gosh," Mel B said, and when Morgan added "It was the look of love, wasn't it?", Mel B replied: "It really was and that's the whole gossip. That's the whole thing." She did admit, though, that the entire escapade could have all been for show.
"But I would like to think it was part of the whole performance, because there's a women's code and hopefully that's not ... hopefully it's only professional."
For the sake of Irina Shayk (Bradley Cooper's long-term girlfriend), I hope you're right, Mel, and it's a sentiment echoed by its own way by Lady Gaga on Jimmy Kimmel last week. "People saw love, and guess what, that’s what we wanted you to see," she said of her Oscar-nominated performance.
"This is a love song, Shallow," Gaga explained. "The movie, ‘A Star Is Born,’ is a love story. We worked so hard, we worked all week on that performance. Bradley, who — and you know, I never relinquish control about a live stage performance and I’ve done a million of them — but he directed this film and he directed, obviously, the musical moments in the film."
"From a performance perspective, it was so important to both of us that we were connected the entire time. Look, I’ve had my arms wrapped around Tony Bennett for three years touring the world. When you’re singing love songs, that’s what you want people to feel."
Well, Lady Gaga, it sounds like you know what you want from this A Star Is Born rumour storm, and Mel B certainly hopes it doesn't go any further.