DAYS after the demise of legendary singer Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga took to her social media account to pen a heart touching note on his demise. The Hold My Hand hitmaker shared a picture with Tony and called him her “true friend.”
Taking to Instagram, Lady Gaga wrote, “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.”
She went on to talk about how their relationship was “real” and wrote, “We transported ourselves to another era, modernized the music together, & gave it all new life as a singing duo. But it wasnt an act. Our relationship was very real. 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. “Straight ahead,” he’d say.”
Recalling Tony and his achievements, the singer added, “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.”
Gaga also shed light on their huge age gap and wrote, “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 called losing Tony “painful” but also “really beautiful” and wrote about him suffering from Alzheimers. “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,” she added.
“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. I’ll never forget this experience. I’ll never forget Tony Bennett,” Gaga wrote.
In a message to her fans, Gaga added, “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,” her note concluded.
Tony Bennett was suffering from Alzheimer’s from 2016. The singer passed away on July 21, 2023 at the age of 96, just 2 weeks before his 97th birthday.
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