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18 January 2019, 16:37
A Star is Born was undoubtedly one of the best movies of 2018.
Not only were the songs stunning, but the performances of its leads Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga were fantastic.
Plus, because Bradley and Gaga choosing to sing live instead of pre-recording the songs, it made for an even more emotional punch.
There was one scene in particular that left everyone in tears, where Gaga performed 'I'll Never Love Again'.
A new featurette for the movie – titled The Road To Stardom: Making A Star Is Born – was released earlier this week, and it sees Gaga revealing the tragic reason the scene was so moving.
Just before she was due to record the song, Gaga was given the sad news that one of her best friends, Sonja Durham, had passed away with stage four breast, brain and lung cancer.
Speaking about the moment, she said: “I remember that day very unfondly, in a way. I actually left the set."
After speaking to Sonja’s husband and deciding it’s what she would have wanted, Gaga decided to carry on with filming, and asked the extras in the audience to help her get through by using it as a tribute to Sonja.
She told the extras: “If you could help me today, and really think of not just Sonja but how it feels to lose someone, think of her husband maybe, for me. I think that energy will penetrate this room. I think she'll hear it.”
Not long after Sonja died, Lady Gaga posted a moving tribute on Instagram:
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I don't know how to put a price on a friendship. I'm not even sure how you can assess the size of its meaning, only really your heart truly knows and it's too special for words. I feel two competing feelings. Firstly, that I will live everyday with more passion, more determination, more compassion and more giving than ever before. Because that's who she was, and it's what drew us to each other, and I know it's what she always wanted for me. She had this incredible way of releasing me from the anchor of my own sadness that held me back, she loved me fearlessly while I learned how to cope with fame and stay inspired no matter how scared I was. She knew all I cared about was the music. She made that ok. The other feeling I have is that of being robbed of the last 10 years of my life, friendship and career with her. Like someone took her from us, and with that taking took all the good times. I know that's not true, and I know that I have those memories forever, I'm just in shock that I will never have new ones with her. I'm in shock that I won't see her again until I pass too. I vow to be a little stronger everyday for her because that's what she would have wanted, I vow to be stronger for anyone who's lost somebody to cancer. I'm a part of that family now. I vow to be a warrior for her and be a voice for cancer patients so the world can continue to improve the dialogue and the fight. I loved her. I still love her. And I love so much her husband Andre, stepson Sante, and friends. I made them some food yesterday. I will keep cooking. Cooking my soul until it understands this. Last thing I told her, "Go find Joanne, Sonj." Somehow I think she did. @sonjad7777 #sonjadurham #grigiogirls