Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are both featured on the newest cover of “Parade” magazine and inside the songstress credits the jazz icon with saving her from quitting music.
As you may know, the unlikely duo have recorded an album titled “Cheek To Cheek”, which is due out on September 23rd. Below is an excerpt from their shared interview with “Parade” where Gaga talks about how she wanted to give up and Tony saving her.
“Lush Life” is about loss, failure, and heartache. Did the song hit you as hard as it did because you’ve had some problems recently? [Lady Gaga had hip surgery last year and in November parted ways with her manager.]
LG: It’s heartbreaking. Six months ago I didn’t even want to sing anymore.
TB: Do you know what Duke Ellington said? He said, “Number one, don’t quit. Number two, listen to number one.”
LG: Right! The other day, Tony said, “I’ve never once in my career not wanted to do this.” It stung. Six months ago I didn’t feel that way. I tell Tony every day that he saved my life.
You felt like giving up? Why?
LG: I’m not going to say any names, but people get irrational when it comes to money—with how they treat you, with what they expect from you. … But if you help an artist, it doesn’t give you the right, once the artist is big, to take advantage of them. … I was so sad. I couldn’t sleep. I felt dead. And then I spent a lot of time with Tony. He wanted nothing but my friendship and my voice. [She begins to cry.]
TB: [quietly] I understand. [He holds her hand.]
LG: It meant a lot to me, Tony. I don’t have many people I can relate to.
You can check out the full interview here.