Lady Gaga Breaks Silence With a Heartfelt Farewell to Tony Bennett
In a touching tribute filled with memories of their cherished friendship and collaborative journey, Lady Gaga pays homage to
In a touching tribute filled with memories of their cherished friendship and collaborative journey, Lady Gaga pays homage to the late Tony Bennett, reflecting on their shared experiences and the singer’s final years grappling with Alzheimer’s. On Instagram, she penned a heartfelt message, “I will miss my friend forever – miss singing with him, recording with him, talking with him, and being on stage together.” Their bond extended beyond mere performance; it transported them to an enchanting time warp where they modernized music, breathed new life into it, and mesmerized audiences as a dynamic singing duo. Their connection was profound and authentic, not just an act.
Tony Bennett passed away this month at at 96 years old, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. However, Gaga reveals that she had been “grieving the loss of Tony for a long time” as Alzheimer’s gradually took its toll. Gaga’s foremost wish was for Tony to remember how deeply she loved him and how grateful she was to have him in her life. Even as his memory slowly faded, she recognized that he shared with her the most vulnerable moments of his life, willingly singing with her as his nature underwent profound changes. The experience left an indelible mark on Gaga’s heart, ensuring that she will never forget Tony Bennett.
Their collaboration began with the 2014 duets album, “Cheek to Cheek,” and blossomed further seven years later with the release of the Cole Porter covers album, “Love for Sale.” The emotional journey they embarked upon was evident in footage capturing a tearful Gaga trying to communicate with Tony, who was showing early signs of Alzheimer’s during their sessions. In 2021, on the week of Bennett’s 95th birthday, they celebrated the album’s success with a memorable pair of shows at Radio City Music Hall.