Watching his father die in his arms changed his life in an instant, said the actor: "It was instantaneous."
The pain of losing a loved one can take a heavy toll on people and can leave a void that can rarely be filled. It was no different for Hollywood superstar Bradley Cooper. The actor lost his father to cancer in 2011 and life has never been the same for him. He knew his mother would be devastated and in a terrible place. Gloria Campano had been together with her husband for years and now she was alone. Coper knew he had to help his mother and be there for her. The Hangover actor moved in with her and the pair healed together. They were each other's support system during the dark period. "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. It’s life," said the actor, reported Los Angeles Times. They also spent the initial period of the pandemic together.
He said it was important for everyone to stay close during hard times. "Right now, two years after my father’s death, this is where we are. 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." He added that his father's death had only brought him and his mother closer. "Right now, two years after my father’s death, this is where we are. 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." He's happy to be there for his mom. "I love having her. I wouldn't have it any other way," he told Esquire.
His father's loss was harder to take because of the close bond they all shared. It hit Cooper harder, having been there at his bedside when his father died. "He was cradled [in my arms] and when he took his last breath, I honestly felt like it went into me and I’ve never seen anything the same since," said Cooper, according to USA Today. The actor said he felt his whole life change in that one instant. "It’s a new reality. Everything, everything. It’s not even one thing, it’s a whole new world. And it was instantaneous. It wasn’t like, months later. It was like, his last exhale, and I was holding him, and it was like, everything changed," he revealed, reported The New York Times.
The Silver Linings Playbook actor has since grown close to his mom, checking on her multiple times a day. He said they had become "best friends" as a result. A source close to the Independent revealed that the actor often has his mother over, with her staying for a whole two years at his place in LA. "Since the death of his dad in 2011, Bradley is so close to Gloria – she’s genuinely his best friend," said the insider. "He phones her multiple times every day but he would much rather have her under the same roof. She moved in with him at his place in LA for a solid two years," added the insider. They also added that the actor is aware of his Mom aging, and the need to spend time with her. "Bradley is increasingly aware that she’s getting older and he wants her to move in with him... to help cut back on all the exhausting plane journeys," said the insider.
Cooper has also appeared at various red carpet events with his mother, including the 91st annual Academy Awards in 2019. His mother also stayed with him while they quarantined together when the pandemic hit. "I'm with my daughter and my mother and my two dogs, and we have not left the house," said Cooper, reported Harper's Bazaar. Cooper said it was important to protect his mother more than ever because of the nature of the virus. "My mother is going to be 80, and she has a colostomy bag, so I can't let anybody in the house. And I can't leave the house, because if she gets it, it's over," said the actor. It's not clear if his mother is still staying with him, but what Bradley Cooper has done for his mom, and the lengths he has gone to protect her just shows what a great son he has been.