Lady Gaga sheds light on her collaborator and friend Tony Bennett’s Alzheimer’s

, Lady Gaga sheds light on her collaborator and friend Tony Bennett’s Alzheimer’s, The Habari News New York

Lady Gaga has shed light on her friend and collaborator Tony Bennett‘s ‘heartbreaking’ Alzheimer’s battle.

Speaking to Zoe Ball on her Radio 1 show on Tuesday morning, The House Of Gucci star, 35, reflected on the pain of watching his battle and spoke of how they recorded their duets album after her was diagnosed with the condition. 

It was revealed in February that Tony, 95, has the progressive neurologic disorder and had been secretly living with the disease since 2016, yet the news did not stop the release of his new music and performances with Gaga. 

, Lady Gaga sheds light on her collaborator and friend Tony Bennett’s Alzheimer’s, The Habari News New York

, Lady Gaga sheds light on her collaborator and friend Tony Bennett’s Alzheimer’s, The Habari News New York

Her love: Lady Gaga has shed light on her friend and collaborator Tony Bennett’s ‘heartbreaking’ Alzheimer’s battle

While blazing the promo trail for Ridley Scott’s House Of Gucci, Gaga appeared on the radio show on Tuesday where Zoe played her duet I’ve Got You Under My Skin. 

Radio legend Zoe then asked the star: ‘How is Tony? You said you always wanted to work with him and he’s a magic man isn’t he?’

Giving candid insight into her friend’s health, Lady Gaga replied: “Tony is one of my most favourite people on the whole planet and I love him with all my heart. I love his family with all my heart, I love his wife, Susan, with all my heart…

‘I can’t tell you how much I learned from him and what it’s like to sing with a legend for so many years. I’ve sung with Tony for almost ten years, and it’s heartbreaking to watch what he’s going through having Alzheimer’s.’

, Lady Gaga sheds light on her collaborator and friend Tony Bennett’s Alzheimer’s, The Habari News New York

, Lady Gaga sheds light on her collaborator and friend Tony Bennett’s Alzheimer’s, The Habari News New York

Tough: Speaking to Zoe Ball on her Radio 1 show on Tuesday morning, The House Of Gucci star, 35, reflected on the pain of watching his battle and spoke of how they recorded their duets album after her was diagnosed with the condition

She then gave advice to those living with loved ones with the disease, saying: ‘Also I wish to say to anybody that’s listening that knows somebody with Alzheimer’s or dementia that’s dealing with that in their lives…

‘If you are with that person that you love, play some music from their childhood and I promise you that they will come to life in a way that is not expected, and not everyone you know, every case is different and everybody’s different…

‘But they’re still there and my heart goes out to you and this album (Love for Sale) was made while he had Alzheimer’s and we sang it while he had Alzheimer’s and he were still able to do it, I am just floored by him.’ 

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain, in which build-up of abnormal proteins causes nerve cells to die. 

, Lady Gaga sheds light on her collaborator and friend Tony Bennett’s Alzheimer’s, The Habari News New York

, Lady Gaga sheds light on her collaborator and friend Tony Bennett’s Alzheimer’s, The Habari News New York

Support: Tony opened up about his condition for the first time in a Twitter post, where he said ‘life is a gift, even with Alzheimer’s’, and thanked his wife Susan and his family for their continued support (pictured with Susan in 2019)

His diagnosis was revealed in an interview published on AARP in February.

Although he was diagnosed four years ago, the article revealed that Tony began showing real signs of decline two years later, in 2018, when he began to record the follow up to his 2014 Cheek to Cheek album with Gaga. 

, Lady Gaga sheds light on her collaborator and friend Tony Bennett’s Alzheimer’s, The Habari News New York

Susan told the publication: ‘There’s a lot about him that I miss. Because he’s not the old Tony anymore … But when he sings, he’s the old Tony.’

She added that they kept it secret because ‘he always like 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.’

, Lady Gaga sheds light on her collaborator and friend Tony Bennett’s Alzheimer’s, The Habari News New York

, Lady Gaga sheds light on her collaborator and friend Tony Bennett’s Alzheimer’s, The Habari News New York

Bennett was born Anthony Benedetto in New York in 1926 and shot to fame in the 1950s as a crooner, pictured in an undated photo from the late 1940s

WHAT IS ALZHEIMER’S?

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain, in which build-up of abnormal proteins causes nerve cells to die.

This disrupts the transmitters that carry messages, and causes the brain to shrink. 

More than 5 million people suffer from the disease in the US, where it is the 6th leading cause of death, and more than 1 million Britons have it.

WHAT HAPPENS?

As brain cells die, the functions they provide are lost. 

That includes memory, orientation and the ability to think and reason. 

The progress of the disease is slow and gradual. 

On average, patients live five to seven years after diagnosis, but some may live for ten to 15 years.

EARLY SYMPTOMS:

  • Loss of short-term memory
  • Disorientation
  • Behavioral changes
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulties dealing with money or making a phone call 

LATER SYMPTOMS:

  • Severe memory loss, forgetting close family members, familiar objects or places
  • Becoming anxious and frustrated over inability to make sense of the world, leading to aggressive behavior 
  • Eventually lose ability to walk
  • May have problems eating 
  • The majority will eventually need 24-hour care   

 Source: Alzheimer’s Association

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