Bradley Cooper is glad the paparazzi are leaving him and Suki Waterhouse alone.

The 'American Hustle' actor has been romancing the British model since meeting her at a party in London in February 2013 and is relieved people have respected their privacy so far.

He told France's Gala magazine: ''I don't know why, but up until now the paparazzi have mostly left us alone. We've not been hounded like wild animals. I appreciate that. I hope it lasts!''

The 39-year-old actor is extremely close to his mother, Gloria, who moved into his Los Angeles house a few years ago following the death of his father, and says being the ''baby'' of the family has worked in his advantage.

Bradley said: ''She is a very big part of my life. To be honest, I'm the baby of a Catholic family from Philadelphia and I definitely made the most of the situation. My parents, who come from Ireland and Italy, were much more strict with my older sister. I was able to do what I wanted, no one really set any rules for me.''

The handsome star also admitted he is a pro in the kitchen and loves cooking for his family.

Asked about his secret talent, Bradley replied: ''Being a good chef. I owe it to my grandmother. From the age of 15, and for a few years after that, I worked in a restaurant. I love having my family over for dinner and making lovely meals for them. I'm especially good at cooking turkey!''