Tony Bennett Talks Marriage To Susan Benedetto
Tony Bennett is reflecting on his longtime marriage. The iconic singer, 90, is married to Susan Benedetto, 56, and according to him they first met while her mother was pregnant with her.
In his new book Just Getting Started, Bennett writes that his first encounter with Benedetto was when her mother was pregnant with her. He was 40 years old.
According to the book (out Tuesday) Benedetto’s parents, Marion and Dayl Crow, were dedicated Bennett fans. In 1966, they attended one of his shows in New York City. The Crows went backstage to pose for a picture with the twinkly-eyed, Italian-American vocalist.
“As fate would have it, Marion was pregnant at the time with … Susan!” writes Bennett. “It’s a photo we all laugh about, knowing the incredible turn of events that followed.”
Benedetto was apparently raised to Bennett’s music and she became the head of his fan club. Later they’d meet backstage at one of his shows when she was 19 and later wed after a 20-year courtship.
Benedetto’s parents raised her to the sound of songs like Bennett’s “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” and “The Way You Look Tonight.”
As a teenager, Benedetto became the president of Bennett’s fan club in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, the book explains. Nineteen-year-old Benedetto finally met her future husband after requesting to meet him backstage after a show.
It tickled me that someone of her age was so devoted to my music,” Bennett writes. “I not only agreed to say hello to her backstage but asked her to be my date for the evening, and that’s how it all really began, foreshadowed by a backstage photo taken in 1966!”
Well that’s creepy, but it looks like they’re happy.
Could you date someone nearly 40 years your senior???