Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett wowed fans after “Nature Boy,” another track off their jazz album, Cheek to Cheek, was released.
Gaga is doing well after suffering severe depression earlier this year, and credited Tony Bennett for “saving her life” when she was emotionally bruised and felt totally hopeless.
“I was so sad,” said Gaga, who overcame bulimia and anorexia. “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. I tell Tony every day that he saved my life.”
Lady Gaga went into a deep depression several months ago after having a series of nasty disagreements with her managers and assistants over money, her work schedule and other personal issues.
She said the situation got so bad she couldn’t get out bed most mornings and even thought of giving up singing altogether.
Fortunately, the pop star was able to turn to Bennett, 88, for advice, since the legendary singer has weathered a brush with bankruptcy, two divorces and numerous disagreements with record executives during his long, storied career.
Gaga said Bennett’s sage advice provided much needed perspective and made her realize she didn’t want to throw away her career because of minor snags.
Despite all the problems he has endured during his life and career, Bennett told Gaga he never considered giving up singing. “Tony said, ‘I’ve never once in my career not wanted to do this,’” she recalled. “It stung.”
The blonde pop icon now calls Bennett her role model, and the two recently collaborated on Cheek To Cheek.
Battled Bulimia, Anorexia: ‘I’d Rather Be Fat Than Shallow’
Gaga also made headlines after slamming fat-shaming weight bullies. The controversy erupted after she posted a photo of herself on Instagram. Several people commented that she looked as if she had gained weight. She responded by tweeting, “I’d rather be fat than shallow.”
Gaga’s throngs of fans immediately joined in, condemning the fat-shaming and weight bullying. The songstress then launched a “body revolution” on Instagram, writing: “Proud at any size, because the inside is what really counts. Plus, it’s all how you pose! Just ask the supermodels!”
This isn’t the first time Gaga has responded to mean-spirited comments about her weight.
In 2012, Gaga made news after gaining 25 pounds. After being called fat by tabloids and Internet trolls, the singer to respond with a blog post where she revealed she had suffered from anorexia and bulimia for more than a decade. “Bulimia & Anorexia since I was 15,” she wrote. “My weight/loss/gain since i was child has tormented me. No amount of help has ever healed my pain about it.”
The 5-foot-1 Gaga, who admits she diets and works out obsessively to stay rock-star skinny, said she has learned over the years to embrace her body, no matter what her weight or size, and encouraged her fans to do the same. She added that her fiance, actor Taylor Kinney, prefers her curvier.