Lady Gaga has hit back at rumors of a romance with her A Star is Born co-star Bradley Cooper, insisting the pair were simply acting during their Oscars duet.
The pair raised eyebrows when they performed Shallow from the movie at the Academy Awards on Sunday (24Feb19), putting on an intimate display which was watched by audience members including Bradley's longtime girlfriend Irina Shayk.
Speculation quickly began about the nature of Gaga and Bradley's relationship, and chat show host Jimmy Kimmel asked the singer about it as she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night.
"You had such a connection with Bradley that instantly - and I guess this is a compliment - people started saying, 'They must be dating. They must be in love," the presenter asked.
After a dramatic eye roll which made her feelings about the rumours clear, Gaga slammed those who had taken to social media to speculate on a potential romance, saying: "First of all, social media, quite frankly, is the toilet of the Internet and what it's done to pop culture is abysmal."
The 32-year-old singer continued to tell Kimmel that an intimate performance had been what she and Bradley wanted to convey as they took to the stage.
"People saw love and, guess what, that's what we wanted to you to see. This is a love song," she explained. "The movie, A Star Is Born, it's a love story.
"From a performance perspective, it was so important to both of us that we were connected the entire time. When you're singing love songs, that's how you want people to feel."
Stressing that the chemistry between the pair was just acting, Gaga added: "I'm an artist! I guess we did a good job. Fooled ya!"