Lady Gaga Breaks Her Silence On Passing Of ‘Real True Friend’ Tony Bennett: ‘I Love You’

Lady Gaga has broken her silence on the passing of her pal, Tony Bennett, more than one week after his death. On Monday, the “Applause” singer took to Instagram to share an intimate photo of herself embracing the 96-year-old and wrote a moving tribute. “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 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. 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,” she said. The powerhouse pair became close friends before the “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” musician died on July 21. they bonded in 2011 at a charity event where she sang “Orange Colored Sky.” No cause of death has been revealed, but the musical icon was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016. “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. I’ll never forget this experience. I’ll never forget Tony Bennett.” Gaga continued. The duo later went on to make two jazz albums together. Tony made his final public appearance with the Grammy winner, in August 2021when they teamed up for their concert “One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga” at Radio City Music Hall. “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,” the 37-year-old concluded the post.