Lady Gaga paid tribute to singer Tony Bennett in a lengthy heartfelt post. Bennett, who passed away on July 21, was very close to the “Bloody Mary” singer. The late singer’s family revealed he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2016 and has eventually lost his battle against the disease. Moreover, Gaga also shared her experience of seeing him battling with the ailment. On July 31st the singer-actress shared a post in her Instagram honoring her late friend.
Lady Gaga said to Tony, she got to live my life in a time warp
The “Star is Born” wrote in her Instagram with a picture of hugging the late singer, “I will miss my friend forever. I will miss singing with him, recording with him, talking with him, being on stage together. With Tony, I got to live my life in a time warp. Tony & I had this magical power. We transported ourselves to another era, modernized the music together, & gave it all new life as a singing duo. But it wasn’t an act. Our relationship was very real.”
They first collaborated in 2011 with his 2011 Duets II album and later in 2014’s Cheek to Cheek. Moreover, also in the 2021 Love for Sale album by which he got his last Grammy.
“Sure he taught me about music, about showbiz life, but he also showed me how to keep my spirits high and my head screwed on straight,” the 37-year-old shared, “‘Straight ahead,’ he’d say. He was an optimist, he believed in quality work AND quality life. Plus, there was the gratitude…Tony was always grateful. He served in WWII, marched with Martin Luther King Jr., and sang jazz with the greatest singers and players in the world.”
“I’ve been grieving the loss of Tony for a long time. We had a very long and powerful goodbye. Though there were 5 decades between us, he was my friend. My real true friend. Our age difference didn’t matter– in fact, it gave us each something neither of us had with most people. We were from two different stages in life entirely–inspired,” the singer continued.
“Losing Tony to Alzheimer’s has been painful but it was also really beautiful. An era of memory loss is such a sacred time in a persons life. There’s such a feeling of vulnerability and a desire to preserve dignity. All I wanted was for Tony to remember how much I loved him and how grateful I was to have him in my life. But, as that faded slowly I knew deep down he was sharing with me the most vulnerable moment in his life that he could–being willing to sing with me when his nature was changing so deeply.”- Gaga added.
“I’ll never forget this experience. I’ll never forget Tony Bennett,” she concluded her long post. “If I could say anything to the world about this I would say don’t discount your elders, don’t leave them behind when things change. Don’t flinch when you feel sad, just keep going straight ahead, sadness is part of it. Take care of your elders and I promise you will learn something special. Maybe even magical. And pay attention to silence — some of my musical partner and I’s most meaningful exchanges were with no melody at all. I love you Tony. Love, Lady.”