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Irina Shayk opens up about marriage, motherhood after split with Bradley Cooper

The Russian model shares her ideas about parenting in her first feature since she and Cooper announced their split in June.
/ Source: TODAY

Irina Shayk may have just gone through an emotional breakup with actor Bradley Cooper, but you'd never know it from her new interview with Harpers

In her first feature since the couple announced their split in June, the famously private Russian model, 33, never speaks about the relationship. Instead, she opens up about how important it is for her to be her authentic self with 2-year-old Lea de Seine, the daughter she and Cooper, 44, share.

Irina Shayk graces the cover of Harper Bazaar's summer digital edition.Zoey Grossman/Harpers Bazaar

“You have to be really truly yourself for your kids, otherwise you're living in a lie. Tell me one reason why, just because you're a mother, that you need to wear a longer skirt. No! I don't believe in that," she shared.

Being a great mom means making time to do the things you love, said the model.

"Why should you have to change who you are and how you feel just because you become a mother?" she added. "I really believe if you love something, you can prioritize your time. (Motherhood) is just an addition to your life.”

Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper began dating in 2015, and they welcomed a child together, daughter Lea de Seine, two years later.George Pimentel / WireImage

In her native Russia, Shayk grew up watching mothers juggle a lot.

"Women are the ones who can handle everything. Woman can raise the kids, women can do the job, and when she's back, she can cook and clean and do the heavy work too!" she shared.

In Russia, said Shayk, "Women are the ones who can handle everything."Zoey Grossman/Harpers Bazaar

"We never had men around. You have to learn how to put a nail in the wall, how to hang the curtains. I know everything about how to plant potatoes and cucumbers because in Russia, it’s how you survive the winter," she added.

Though she and Cooper never wed, Shayk said the idea of walking down the aisle appeals to her.

“Do I believe in marriage?" she said. "Yes, of course. I'm not the kind of person who is against it."

The famously private model may not like the public's obsession with her love life, but she understands it. "It's curiosity," she said.Zoey Grossman/Harpers Bazaar

As for the public's obsession with her private life, Shayk understands it.

"I think it's just human beings: if you cannot have it, you want to have it," she said. "There's a curtain there, you want to open the curtain. It's curiosity, I guess."