Bradley Cooper says learning to live with his mother has been complicated

The 38-year-old actor's mother Gloria Cooper moved in to his Los Angeles home more than two years ago, after the death of his father Charles from cancer, and although they struggled to cope initially, he believes living in such close quarters has helped them get through their grief because they have a great relationship.

The 'Silver Linings Playbook' star, who brought Gloria as his date to the Oscars this year, told the May issue of Details magazine: "Let's face it: It's probably not easy for her, by the way, to be living with her son. It's life. 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.

"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 'Hangover 3' star, who is dating British model Suki Waterhouse, 20, also revealed that his father's death has made him realise that life is short.

He explained: "'Oh, right, I'm going to die too.' Here it is. It's not in a book. It's not in a movie. It's not in a story that was told to me. It's not driving by an accident or watching it on TV. It's someone you love dying in front of you. I was like, 'Okay. This is death. And this is going to happen to me one day.' There was a huge freedom that came with that."