Lady Gaga Says Tony Bennett Saved Her Life & Helped Her Come To Terms With ‘ARTPOP’ Flopping

Mike Wass | September 11, 2014 5:15 pm

Lady Gaga tells Parade magazine that recording jazz LP Cheek To Cheek with Tony Bennett turned her life around and helped put the last year of her career into perspective. “Six months ago I didn’t even want to sing anymore,” Mother Monster reveals. The diva’s hip operation, change in management and underperformance of ARTPOP pushed her to the brink of quitting.

However, the “Applause” loving diva turned things around after meeting her duet partner. “I tell Tony every day that he saved my life,” she says. “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.” The ups and downs of the jazz legend’s iconic career also helped Gaga deal with the commercial failure of her latest album.

“People wrote a lot of things about my last album, ARTPOP, which was very controversial,” she says. “If it didn’t grab the whole world the way The Fame Monster did, that’s okay, because I know it’s good. That’s what Tony has taught me, that my intuition is right. When he talks about the 66 albums he’s put out, the peaks and valleys, and how it’s not about having a hit record — it’s the most inspiring thing.”

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