September 11, 2014


Lady Gaga Almost Quit Music Ahead of Tony Bennett Album

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

At SXSW in March, Lady Gaga vowed to John Norris that she'd quit music if pushy industry folk wouldn't allow and support her for being herself. Turns out she was a lot closer to that reality than we probably realized. The ARTPOP star told Parade she was on the verge of retiring before meeting her unlikely new jazz partner Tony Bennett.

"Six months ago, I didn't even want to sing anymore," Gaga told the mag when asked about recent problems including a hip surgery and splitting with her longtime manager. "I was so sad. I couldn't sleep. I felt dead."

Gaga indicated that perhaps her old management team wasn't supporting her for the right reasons. "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."

Luckily, the 88-year-old crooner came in to Mother Monster's life just in time.

"Then I spent a lot of time with Tony," she added, referring to the recording of their jazzy Cheek to Cheek album. "He wanted nothing but my friendship and my voice. It meant a lot to me...Working with Tony has reaffirmed everything I knew but that you start to forget when your life changes and it gets really noisy. For ­Tony, it's all about great music."

Now, Gaga is back on her music track with the well-received duets of "Anything Goes" and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," along with their uber-anticipated Cheek to Cheek LP due out September 23. 

Don't scare us like that again, okay Gaga?