Irina Shayk doesn’t regret her time with Bradley Cooper.
The 24-year-old model is on the cover of the new British Vogue, and in the issue she opens up about her relationship with the “A Star is Born” director.
“I think in all good relationships you bring your best and your worst – it’s just the nature of a human being. Two great people don’t have to make a good couple,” Shayk says.
She continues, “I think we’ve been very lucky to experience what we had with each other. Life without B is new ground.”
While the former couple co-parent their daughter Lea De Seine, Shayk has had to adjust to being a single mother.
“It’s hard to find a balance between being a single mom and being a working woman and provider. Trust me, there are days I wake up and I’m like, ‘Oh my god, I don’t know what to do, I’m falling apart,’” she says.
Shayk and Cooper were together from 2015 until they split up in 2019.
Also in the interview, Shayk opens up about growing up with low confidence.
“I always felt like I was born in the wrong body. I felt I was supposed to be a boy,” she reveals. “I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because my father always wanted a boy.”
Asked at what age she was when she had those feelings, Shayk says, “Fourteen. When my father passed away, I thought, ‘Since I’m a guy, now it’s my time to take care of the family.’ I said to myself I would never get married. Of course, later on in life I outgrew that, and I love being a woman. But I remember that feeling.”
Read the full feature in the March issue of British Vogue available via digital download and newsstands Friday, Jan. 31.