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Cher: Don't call her an 'icon'

From her Las Vegas venue, the magazine didn’t hold back on questions, and the icon didn’t hold back on answers.
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Billboard Magazine

You couldn’t tell by looking at her, but Cher has given fans decades of music and in a new Billboard interview the singer and actress talks about everything from the current presidency to getting older.

From her Las Vegas venue, the magazine didn’t hold back on questions, and the icon didn’t hold back on answers.

Billboard Magazine gave San Diego Gay and Lesbian News an exclusive excerpt from that conversation:

On Trump:

Cher: The president is cheating and getting away with it, and using the White House to make money, and he’s going to take health care away from people, and people are going die. It’s outrageous. You feel like you’re screaming ‘Fire!’ and no one’s listening.

On the advice she gave to Hillary Clinton:

Cher: The Democrats f***ed up so bad in their message, and how old [the leadership] is. You’ve got to pray that old people die before young people can get involved with the party. I told Hillary [Clinton] she should have a group of millennials give their ideas about government.

She describes recording 'Believe' as...

Cher: a nightmare 

On not really liking her own music:

Cher: I’m not a Cher fan, I just don’t think my aesthetic taste lies in her direction.

On being presented with the Billboard Icon Award at this year's Billboard Music Awards:

Cher: ‘Icon’ is a stupid word,”

Looking back on her life:

Cher: When I think about my life, it was a really good life. It was hard. It was crazy. And it was laced with amazing and treacherous and sad, like everybody’s life.

I hated school. I’m dyslexic. I couldn’t really read or spell, and I didn’t understand numbers. If you’re dyslexic, numbers look like little scratches.

She credits her success to Sonny Bono:

Cher: I was this massive amount of energy with no direction. I knew what I wanted to do, but I never would’ve gotten there without Sonny.

On the criticism her and Sonny received when they first started their careers:

Cher: Everyone hated us....People were frightened of us. They thought we were dirty, because of how we looked. They tried to beat us up.

On aging:

Cher: I don’t like getting old. I’m shocked that I can still run across the stage at my age. I thought I’d be dead.

You can read the full Billboard interview  HERE