It was reported this week that Tony Bennett has been living with Alzheimer’s after having kept it a secret for four years. Incredibly, during his private battle, he recorded a new album with his close friend, Lady Gaga.
The record will be a follow-up to their 2014 album Cheek to Cheek, and was recorded between 2018 and 2020.
Tony Bennett’s private battle with Alzheimer’s
The news was revealed in a profile on Bennett written for AARP Magazine, which reported that the album has been delayed due to Gaga’s packed schedule as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. It is finally due to be released in the US spring of 2021.
Bennett’s son, Danny, has said part of the reason his family chose to go public with Bennett’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis was because they knew he wouldn’t be able to promote the record.
Lady Gaga supports family’s decision to go public
Speaking about the moment he told Gaga about their decision to go public, Danny said:
“I wanted to check with her to make sure she was cool, because she watches his back all the time. She was like, ‘Absolutely, it’s just another gift that he can give to the world.’ ”
Tony Bennett’s wife talks about his Alzheimer’s
Meanwhile, Tony’s wife, Susan Benedetto, spoke to CBS This Morning about her husband’s diagnosis on Monday. She explained why the family had chosen to keep his health battle a secret for so long.
“He always likes to say he’s in the business of making people feel good. And so he never wanted the audience to know if he had a problem,” she said.
“But, obviously, you know, as long, you know, as things have progressed, it becomes more and more obvious when you interact with Tony that there’s something up. And so it just seemed like now was the right time.”