Cher talks Russia, Chaz, Hillary, Sonny and more
Cher’s new album – her 26th! – goes on sale September 24.
The release of Closer to the Truth has our diva giving a lot of interviews including a really good one to Macleans Magazine.
Here are some excerpts:
On being asked to perform at Olympics in Russia next year: I can’t name names but my friend called who is a big oligarch over there, and asked me if I’d like to be an ambassador for the Olympics and open the show. I immediately said no. I want to know why all of this gay hate just exploded over there. He said the Russian people don’t feel the way the government does.
On child Chaz Bono’s transition from female to male: When Chaz first told me she was going to do it—pronoun problem, when he first told me—and the process started, I was so frightened. One time I called Chaz and he had forgot to change his voicemail and it was his old voice. It shook me a bit. These are small changes that as a mother you never forget. It is the last taboo. It used to be against the law. Thank God we’ve come so far.
On Hillary Clinton: She’s so smart and so stubborn. She’s lived the life. She’s as good as we could get as a president. I’d be thrilled to death if she was in the White House and would gladly give her Woman’s World for a campaign song. It’s a perfect theme song for her.
On pre-stardom days with ex-husband and singing partner Sonny Bono: People hated Sonny and I in the early days because we looked and acted so different. Sonny was always getting into fights—people would called him “fag” and he’d get his nose broken—only because we were dressing different. And these were our street clothes! You can’t forget that. We tried getting on TV but the backlash against the networks was so bad, they wouldn’t invite us back.