Actors Bradley Cooper and Suki Waterhouse arrived for the State Dinner held in honor of French President Francois Hollande in February. (Reuters)

If you can think all the way back to February, you may recall the White House held a State Dinner in honor of French President François Hollande. You may also remember that one of the more notable guests was actor Bradley Cooper — and his very tight pants.

Cooper later acknowledged the pants were a few sizes too small, and they did not go unnoticed that night, even under some very dimmed lights. We learned this week from former Washington Wizards player Jason Collins that Cooper’s pants were a hot topic of conversation during the dinner. The star’s girlfriend, actress Suki Waterhouse, apparently wasn’t helping his cause, either. We’re told she was lifting Cooper’s coat tail to show off just how snug his bottoms were around his bum.

The pants were so “fitted” that the “American Hustle” star told Ellen DeGeneres a few days later that he showed up at the White House commando.

The reason for the sudden weight gain has to do with Cooper’s role in the upcoming film “American Sniper.” He appears to have succeeded in putting on an extra 35 pounds, and he flaunted it this week in some similarly tight shorts.