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Tony Bennett reveals he's been battling Alzheimer's

music news 02/02/2021

Tony Bennett has revealed that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Diseas four years ago.

In a new interview with AARP, the singer and his wife shared the heartbreaking news. Bennett can still recognise family members thought he is often disoriented of his surroundings.

The signs were evident during recording sessions with Lady Gaga back in 2018 when the pair were working on a follow-up album of standards to 2014's 'Cheek to Cheek'. Interviewer John Colapinto described the raw footage of the sessions, two years after the diagnosis, when Bennet's "words are halting; at times, he seems lost and bewildered. Gaga, clearly aware of his condition, keeps her utterances short and simple. "You sound so good, Tony," she says. "Thanks," is his one-word response. As the writer notes, "The pain and sadness in Gaga's face is clear at such moments–but never more so than in an extraordinarily moving sequence in which Tony sings a solo passage of a love song. Gaga looks on, from behind her mic, her smile breaking into a quiver, her eyes brimming, before she puts her hands over her face and sobs."

The decision to reveal Bennett's condition was made jointly by Bennett's wife, Susan and their oldest son, Danny. You can read the full story on AARP here.