Admittedly, I don’t really “get” the friendship between Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett. It just seems bizarre. Gaga is crazier than a craphouse rat and Bennett is a classic. Where those two meet in the middle, I’m not sure, but they’ve become absolute best of friends, hanging out together in NYC and recording a jazz album together that’ll be out later this month.
The pair covered the new Parade magazine and were interviewed inside, and while the actual interview is way too long to paste, here are some highlights.
ON HOW CELEBRITY CULTURE HAS CHANGED SINCE TONY BENNETT BECAME A STAR
LG: It’s changed a lot. Celebrity culture now is a culture of humiliation. For young people it’s cool to not care and to be rude and crass. That’s not the way to act…. We’re all being poisoned by what we watch, listen to, read. Everyone’s using the headline that’s going to get them the most clicks. They don’t care about doing the right thing. It’s all about scandal, and selling, and celebrity. When young people finally realize this is happening, there is going to be a revolution. I really hope that this album can be part of that. We say, “You can listen to timeless, beautiful music that’s honest and authentic.”
LADY GAGA ON WHETHER SHE WANTS TO START A FAMILY
LG: I thought I did, because I was feeling kind of finished with all of the chaos of my life. But then I started to spend a lot more time with Tony, and everything just became simpler, more pure, and more perfect. Now I think I’m going to take a lot more time before I have kids and settle down. I just want to sing.
ON WANTING TO GIVE UP
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.
Okay, so these two are clearly soulmates. It’s weird and I don’t get it, but they seem to really love and vibe off each other, so good for them. Maybe Lady Gaga can stay in the jazz world and out of my eardrums permanently. I think that would work!
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