Cher Talks About How She Loves Being Cher

The pop icon is as outspoken as ever.

Cher attends the "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" world premiere at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on July 16, 2018 in London, England. (Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Universal Pictures )
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Cher went from variety show TV star to pop diva, all the way to flamboyant concert headliner and Oscar-winning actress. And now, she is both an activist and a legend: With almost 3.5 million followers on Twitter, Cher’s takes are often politically bracing. For more than 50 years, Cher’s ultra-splashy public persona has coexisted with her naturally quiet self. And now, the 72-year-old is more outspoken then ever before about her life and career.

Her new album of Abba covers, called “Dancing Queen” will be released Sept. 28. It was inspired by her return to the big screen in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, and precedes the debut of The Cher Show, writes The New York Times, which will be a Broadway musical about her life. The star sat down with The New York Times to give a no-holds-barred take on her career. She talks about how she never feels confident and how she has “never been a huge Cher fan.” But she always knew what she wanted to do.

“I set out to be famous! I set out to be Cinderella. I saw two movies when I was a kid: Dumbo and Cinderella. And on the way home, I started singing the songs in the car. My mother punched my dad and said: ‘Listen! She’s singing songs from the movie.’ I’d never heard them before. I didn’t understand the reality. I just knew I wanted to be on that screen,” she said, according to The Times. 

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