No, Tony Bennett was not gay; he was straight since he got married 3 times with women. Many people believe Tony was gay due to his failed marriages.
Anthony Dominick Benedetto, better known as Tony Bennett, was an American jazz and traditional pop singer. He started working in his early days, and his first job was as a copyboy and runner for the Associated Press in Manhattan. He started gaining fame after his album Because of You, a ballad produced by Miller with a lush orchestral arrangement by Percy Faith, was a big hit.
Tony is sadly no longer with us. He is no more in this world, as he was announced dead on July 21, 2023, by his publicist, Sylvia Weiner. He struggled a lot with his disease, Alzheimer's, before his death. Although he knew he had Alzheimer's in 2016, he kept doing his show. His last performance was in August 2021, when he appeared with Lady Gaga at Radio City Music Hall in a show titled One Last Time.
On the other hand, many people are curious to know more about his life. Some of his fans have been questioning his sexuality as many people believe he was gay. Well, let's find out what the truth is.
Tony Bennett Was Not Gay!
People were confused about Tony Bennett's (@itstonybennett) sexuality. They believe he was gay. Well, the rumors are fake, and he has never described or given any hint of being gay. He failed to save two marriages in his life but found love in his third wife, Susan Benedetto.
Some people suspect that he was gay as he shifted many times in his marriage life. It looks like he had many secrets in his marriage, and none of them came to be perfect. And all the relationships made him face many challenges throughout his life.
Tony Bennett wasn't gay.
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From being bullied to marrying a girl of his children's age to being called an old fool by a former wife. Well, he didn't admit to any rumors of being gay, but he claimed to be in true love with his third wife, Susan Benedetto, since his 80s. While the award-winning musician was dating Susan, she faced many criticisms in the beginning due to their age differences.
When Did Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto Get Married?
Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto began dating in the '80s after Tony broke up with his second wife, Sandra Grant. People called their relationship fake at the beginning, as Susan was just 19 and Tony was 59. The Internet used to say that both might be hiding something from the media, and some suspect that due to Tony being gay, he might be faking a relationship with a young girl.
After years of struggling in relationships, Bennett finally decided to marry the love of his life, and the couple got married in 2007. The marriage not only lightened his life but also ended the rumors that Tony was gay. After his decision, many of his fans started supporting his decision.
Tony Bennett decided to marry the love of his life, Susan, after dating for more than 20 years.
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Susan was also his primary caregiver. Everyone knew that the singer had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2016, which led him to face problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. In February 2021, when she revealed to AARP The Magazine that her husband had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, she stated his condition and said,
It's no fun arguing with someone who doesn't understand you. But I feel badly talking about it because we are so much more fortunate than so many people with this diagnosis. We have such a good team. Danny [Tony's son] handles Tony's business affairs. We have great doctors.
Who Really Is Susan Benedetto? More About Tony Bennett’s Third Wife!
Susan Benedetto, who graduated from Fordham University and Columbia University's Teachers College, has worked in different fields until now. She started her career as the boss of Creative Artists Management in Manhattan, and then she was also a teacher at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art.
Susan is currently busy with her NGO project, Exploring the Arts. She is also a co-founder of the NGO, along with Tony Bennett. The NGO was founded in 1999, and it promotes and supports arts education through more than 50 school partnerships in New York and Los Angeles. After the NGO was established, Susan expressed her feeling of being lucky and stated,
I happen to be one of those lucky people who can honestly say that dreams do come true. Being able to work with my husband, Tony Bennett, has been one such dream. Together we founded a nonprofit organization, Exploring the Arts (ETA), to transform the lives of young people through arts education.