"Since the death of his dad in 2011, Bradley is so close to Gloria – she’s genuinely his best friend," a source revealed.
Some may wonder about how much of a mamma's boy Bradley Cooper really is, especially when they notice how close he is to his mother and how she is often holding on to his arm as his plus one on the red carpet.
But for the 44-year-old actor, his family is extremely important to him and he had a touching reason for why he was living with his mother, Gloria, even when he was a successful actor in his late 30s.
It was after his father died in 2011 that Cooper grew even closer to his mother through their overwhelming grief. After the brutality of his father's death, the mother and son found comfort in each other.
“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,” the actor told Details magazine a couple of years after his father's death, according to the Los Angeles Times. "And 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 went on to say, "But don’t get me wrong. It’s not without complications. It’s not like I live in a compound and she’s in the guesthouse. No. She’s in the next room. But here’s the thing: She’s a cool chick. We can hang, and she can roll with the punches. If that wasn’t the case, there’s no way."
The death of his father, after a long battle against cancer, was extremely hard on Cooper. It was in his arms that his father took his last breath. The actor has admitted that from that moment, everything in his life changed. According to Metro, when he spoke to Oprah Winfrey, Cooper said, "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."
In an interview with The New York Times, he also said, "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."
Through a difficult time, having his mother around at the time was some solace. "I love having her," he told Esquire. "I wouldn't have it any other way."
Years later, it was reported that the beloved star wanted his mother to move in with him once again. "Since the death of his dad in 2011, Bradley is so close to Gloria – she’s genuinely his best friend," a source told Grazia magazine, as quoted by Independent.ie. "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."
He could see that his mother was growing older and he wanted to be there for her. The source said, "Bradley is increasingly aware that she’s getting older and he want her to move in with him... to help cut back on all the exhausting plane journeys."
It is unclear whether he is currently living with his mother or not. But one thing that seems to be clear is how Cooper has a special place for the relationship he shares with his mother, in his life.