NEW YORK, New York –
Legendary crooner Tony Bennett and pop sensation Lady Gaga shocked fans and industry types alike when they announced their engagement during a press conference promoting their upcoming album of jazz duets.
“She makes me feel so young!” gushed Bennett, 87. Gaga, 28, appeared smitten during the press conference and said “Tony has been the biggest surprise in my life so far. And by biggest – well, I think you know what I mean.”
Both artists expressed genuine surprise that their mutual admiration grew into something more profound. The two began collaborating on the new project earlier this year, and are currently taping an upcoming television concert special which will coincide with a fall wedding.
“One afternoon we were sitting in the studio listening to a playback,” remarked Gaga, “and out of the blue, Tony turned to me and asked if I’d like to go for an early bird special at one of his favorite restaurants, or “joints,” as he put it. From then on, things just blossomed.”
“That’s how it was, yes siree, that’s just how it was,” remarked Bennett, smiling and tapping his foot for emphasis. “She’s quite a gal, yes siree, that’s what she is all right, quite a gal. It’s like Bogie and Bacall all over again, and I was friends with both of those two. Yes siree, that’s how it was.”
“That’s what it’s really all about, I mean the things we have in common. I love Bogart and Bacall movies, too,” said Gaga. “That’s just one example of things we share together. There are so many other things too, and it just seems like this amazing thing was written in the stars for both of us.”
“Hey!” interjected Bennett, “We should sing that song on our new album, due out in the fall – Written In The Stars, an old Harold Arlen tune that I enjoy and I hope you’ll enjoy too!” Bennett tapped his foot for emphasis.
I think the old standards are the best,” added Gaga, “but don’t worry — I’m not getting too far away from my current roots that my Little Monsters have come to know me for!”
“I thought you told me you didn’t have any kids!” joked Bennett, sending the room of assembled journalists into hearty laughter.
“That’s another thing,” said Gaga. “His sense of humor is so, so unpredictable!”
When pressed for details about dates and details for the upcoming wedding, Bennett remarked “Hold your horses, kids, this crazy scene is all new to us. Yes siree, that’s what it is all right, crazy scene. All new.”
The couple waved good-bye and walked hand-in-hand to attend an awaiting reception in their honor, hosted by television and recording executives.