October 21, 2021
Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett’s wife Susan Benedetto says star ‘doesn’t know’ he has Alzheimer’s 

Tony Bennett‘s wife, Susan Benedetto, is opening up extra in regards to the singer’s well being situation. 

Bennett’s household first revealed that he lives with Alzheimer’s disease again in February, and the 95-year-old music legend took the stage one last time in August, with back-to-back reveals at New York’s Radio Metropolis Music Corridor alongside frequent collaborator Lady Gaga

Throughout Sunday’s episode of 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper sat down with Bennett and Benedetto following his remaining stage look.

“He recognizes me, thank goodness, his children, you know we are blessed in a lot of ways,”  Benedetto advised the journalist. “He’s very sweet.” 

“He doesn’t know he has it,” she added, referring to his Alzheimer’s. 

Beforehand, Benedetto said that Bennett was unable to grasp what the illness is.

In the course of the 60 Minutes broadcast, Bennett carried out a tune together with his pianist — recalling every phrase and observe with out sheet music or lyrics in entrance of him. 

“Well that was really one of the great honors I’ve ever had,” Cooper, 54, mentioned, thanking Bennett for the tune. 

“Tony likes to say he’s in the business of making people feel good, and he still is,” Benedetto commented, to which Bennett confirmed, “That’s it.” 

Dr. Gaytari Devi, who recognized Bennett with the illness in 2017, mentioned within the 60 Minutes interview that the star “knows he’s Tony Bennett and he knows how to behave like Tony Bennett.” 

“That’s an area of the brain that’s just so an innately hardwired part of his brain,” she advised Cooper. “And it’s also an area of his brain that gives them real meaning and purpose in his life, and it’s imbued with emotion.” 

She continued, “I mean that’s the other thing about music that sets it apart, is that it is a part of the brain that’s very emotional. Music is housed in different parts of the brain, including parts of the brain that deal with emotion, and therefore, it’s easy to be moved by it when you hear it.” 

When requested by Cooper if Bennett’s remaining efficiency is “a sad story,” Gaga gave her personal reflection on the “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” crooner.  

“It’s not a sad story,” she mentioned. “It’s emotional. It’s hard to watch somebody change. I think what’s been beautiful about this, and what’s been challenging, is to see how it affects him in some ways, but to see how it doesn’t affect his talent.”  

“I think he really pushed through something to give the world the gift of knowing that things can change and you can still be magnificent,” she concluded.