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[The following contains major spoilers for A Star Is Born.]

Lady Gaga delivers a stunning performance in Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born, one imbued with grit, tenderness, vulnerability, and plenty of true-life resonance. But Gaga wasn’t just drawing upon her time show business experience when making the movie. In a new interview with Zane Lowe, she revealed that the movie’s final, gutting scene was filmed on the same day she lost her best friend, Sonja Durham, to stage IV cancer.

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The film’s denouement finds Gaga’s Ally singing a song, “I’ll Never Love Again,” in tribute to her late husband, Cooper’s Jackson Maine. Right before filming, she received a phone call. “On that day my friend Sonja — who had been battling cancer for years — her friend called me and I could hear her moaning in the background and she said she’s not doing well,” Gaga said. “And I thought she was dying so I left the set.”

“I didn’t even stop to go see Bradley,” she added. “I just got in my car and started driving and I missed her by 10 minutes.”

After spending some time with Durham’s family, they encouraged her to return to set. “She gave me a tragic gift that day and I took it with me to set and I sang that song for Jackson and for her on that very same day within an hour,” she said.

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She continued, “Bradley was so beautiful with me that day, he was so loving. He was like, ‘You don’t have to do it too many times, it’s okay.’ And, I was like, ‘All I wanna do is sing, man.’”

So, if you’re wondering why that ending hit even harder than you may have expected, there’s your answer.

Watch the full clip below.

[via Mashable]

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