Lady Gaga wrote "I'll Never Love Again" as the climatic song for the 2018 A Star Is Born
movie with Nashville songwriters Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey and Aaron Raitiere. Gaga and Lindsey previously collaborated on three of the New York star's 2016 Joanne
songs, "Million Reasons
" and "Grigio Girls
It is impossible to write about "I'll Never Love Again" without giving away A Star Is Born's plotline – so be warned SPOILER ALERT!
The beautiful, haunting ballad finds Lady Gaga's character Ally singing about her late husband Jackson Maine (played by Bradley Cooper). Jackson had hanged himself in his garage and Ally picks a song that Jackson had written but never sung and performs it at a tribute concert. It is later revealed that he'd penned it as a duet with Ally.
Gaga told Zane Lowe on Beats 1 that she recorded "I'll Never Love Again" minutes after she found out her childhood friend, Sonja Durham, had passed away from cancer. Once Durham's husband had consoled Gaga, he asked her to return to her filming. Bradley Cooper was supportive about Gaga's loss and she managed to complete the scene. The singer recalled:
"[Sonja] 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."
As well as the version sung in the film, the soundtrack also contains an extended version.
For those of you who haven't seen A Star Is Born, we recommend you don't watch this song's music video until you do catch the movie. There are enough big clues in the visual about the fate of Jackson Maine to ruin the film's ending.
Molly Hocking released a cover of the song after winning the eighth series of The Voice UK. Her version, which acted as her winner's single, peaked at #73 on the UK chart.
This won the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Song Written For Visual Media.