Lady Gaga hasn’t always loved the music industry and although she was lucky enough to find success early on in her career, she admitted that there was a time when she was fed up with everything and ready to quit. Luckily, Tony Bennett stepped in and stopped her and she says that he saved her life.
She recently told Parade, “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 said.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 19, 2014
Gaga said that things were so bad that she didn’t even want to sing anymore and was ready to leave the music industry for good. Tony offered some advice to her and convinced her to stick it out and work through her problems.
“The other day, Tony said, ‘I’ve never once in my career not wanted to do this.’ It stung. Six months ago I didn’t feel that way.
“I tell Tony every day that he saved my life.”
— Tony Bennett (@itstonybennett) September 13, 2014
Gaga said that Tony’s advice turned out to be correct and that she is glad she didn’t walk away and stuck it out. She said that Tony still helps her work through her issues and offers his wise advice anytime she needs help or inspiration.