What really happened between Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana?

Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds, as well as Chris Pratt and Emily VanCamp, weren’t the only actors who dated and later became part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper — who portrays Gamora and Rocket in Guardians of the Galaxy — dated PopSugar for about a year. The two met while filming The Words and started dating from there.

“I’ve always said that when you watch movies and a love story falls short of what you had in mind, you know as an actor, as a filmmaker, that ninety percent of the time it didn’t work out, it’s because there wasn’t any chemistry , they didn’t develop a friendship, they didn’t feel safe, they didn’t communicate properly,” Saldana told The Hollywood Reporter in 2012. “Bradley is very dedicated and openly professional. We didn’t care where the camera was. It was like we were both part of this in-depth conversation.”

According to Us Weekly, the ‘Avatar’ actor and the ‘A Star is Born’ director have been in a pretty serious relationship, even considering marriage, for three months. So what really became of their short-lived romance?

Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana have split twice

Zoe Saldana could be considered the queen of rebounding. Before being linked to Bradley Cooper, she was engaged to actor Keith Britton and split after 11 years of dating. Lute! News, Cooper initiated the first breakup. “He left her, he just doesn’t want to be in a relationship right now,” a source told the media outlet. The two actors had “issues” after their reconciliation, so a split was inevitable, according to Us Weekly.

“Zoe had planned to spend the holidays with Bradley and his family in Europe,” a source told Page Six in January 2013. “They all wanted to go to Paris, but it didn’t work out between them.” However, Saldana was undeterred by the final split and ended up celebrating the New Year in Miami. When she was seen partying with friends, an eyewitness said, “If Zoe was upset about breaking up with Bradley, she didn’t show it.”

Saldana isn’t the one to be kind to her ex-boyfriends, especially when they don’t respect her. “There’s a reason you’re called an ex,” she told Marie Claire in 2014. “I took you off my list. But it seems Cooper isn’t one of the most disrespectful exes on Saldana’s list.

Reunited as Guardians of the Galaxy

Although Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper ended their relationship, the two actors were working together in Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy when Deadline announced Cooper’s engagement in August 2013. According to the Daily Mail, Saldana and Cooper looked “happy” and “relaxed” on the red carpet at the premiere of the first film in Los Angeles. That’s when Saldana switched to Marco Perego, and the two tied the knot in the summer of 2013, according to Bustle.

“I was finally able to spend time out of a relationship, and while it was only a short time, it was beautiful,” Saldana told Vogue in 2014 of her marriage to Perego. “Where I lost that fear of being alone… That’s when I met my partner when I was in a really beautiful place in my life. It was like I found all my answers with him, not with him.”

Around the same time, Cooper moved on with Suki Waterhouse. According to In Style, the two met at the Elle Style Awards and hit it off at the after-party. In July 2022, it was revealed that Cooper is now dating Huma Abedin, and the two are reportedly “perfect for each other” because “they are interested in power as well as politics and human affairs,” a source told Page Six. Meanwhile, the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie is set for a May 2023 release date. Both Saldana and Cooper are said to be there.