Legendary singer Tony Bennett made a uncommon look in Central Park on Thursday, the place he was seen for the primary time utilizing a wheelchair beside his spouse, Susan Benedetto.
The 95-year-old “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” crooner, who has publicly battled Alzheimer’s illness since 2016, seemed to be relaxed and in good spirits, sporting a blue tracksuit and escorted by an aide close to a few of the park’s many horses and carriages.
No stranger in paradise, the Queens-born entertainer, who has lived in a sun-drenched, penthouse residence overlooking Central Park for 25 years, was seen strolling with out a wheelchair in April with Benedetto, 55, on Easter Sunday, taking selfies with followers — who acknowledged the star even with a face masks on.
On Wednesday, the “Stranger in Paradise” singer proudly expressed his assist for Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, smiling in a purple plaid shirt alongside Benedetto and holding up an indication that learn #EndAlz in a submit shared along with his 170,000 followers on Twitter.
“Susan and I are going purple with the @alzassociation to raise awareness for a disease that is impacting our family and many of yours. We hope you join us and #GoPurple,” the musician shared.
Bennett retired from stay performances in 2021, canceling rescheduled reveals delayed in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. He went out on a excessive be aware, closing the curtain on a seven-decade profession with a collection of performances alongside pop icon Lady Gaga. The duo carried out their emotional final present collectively — billed as “One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga” — final August at Radio City Music Hall, that includes mega-hits like “I Get a Kick Out of You.”
“This was a hard decision for us to make, as he is a capable performer. One, however, that was made by doctors’ orders,” his son Danny Bennett advised Variety final August of his father’s closing stay present.
Bennett was first recognized with Alzheimer’s, the illness leading to progressive reminiscence loss and decreased psychological perform, in 2016. However, it wasn’t till 2018 that his household realized his battle with the mind-stealing illness was inflicting his well being to say no, whereas he was recording the album “Love for Sale” — which incorporates iconic ballads like “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “You’re the Top” — with Lady Gaga over a two-year span, AARP reported.
A consultant for Bennett didn’t instantly return The Post’s request for remark.