Cher, 64, on her new boyfriend ‘I’d never before been with anybody over 30’

Parade has a new interview with Cher, and she appears on the cover over a red background and wearing peach-colored makeup that in no way flatters her. It could be worse, though. I’m impressed with how candid and open she is, which has pretty much been the case during this entire press tour for Burlesque. On the Late Show last week, Cher admitted to having slept with a bunch of male celebrities, including Tom Cruise, Eric Clapton, and Warren Beatty. In this interview, she explains that she “enjoyed them all… and was always happy when the next man came along.” You go, Cher! She also has a new boyfriend, a 52 year-old screenwriter. She says in what I believe to be all seriousness that she’s never been with a guy over 30 before. She’s 64! Here’s more:

On Chaz’s gender reassignment
“When Chaz first told me about wanting a sex change, I had a really hard time with it,” Cher says. “We talked about the transgendered thing intermittently for years. She was unhappy. Plus, she was doing drugs. [Chaz was addicted to OxyContin]. I believed that once she stopped drugs, she would have a much better life and put the transgender idea on the back burner.” But after getting sober in 2004, Chaz became more determined than ever. “She said to me, ‘If I’m ever going to do it, I’ve got to do it now. I’m 40,’ ” Cher recalls. “I went, ‘If you’ve got to do it, dear, you’ve got to do it.’ ” In May, Chaz’s gender and name were legally changed. “When I realized she was going to do it, it was rocky for me. I thought, What will the press do to her? What will they do to the two of us together? It’s going to be the biggest nightmare that will not stop. But the press was kinder than I thought they would be.”

“It’s hard, ’cause she’s still my girl. But she has an inner strength and she’s a courageous person—she believes what she believes. She and her girlfriend came over for dinner last night. All of us were there, my boyfriend too.”

On Sonny’s control over her
“He didn’t want me to grow up or have any freedom. I wasn’t allowed to do anything except work. We worked more than we lived.”

On Sonny Bono’s cheating
“Stardom made Sonny a huge womanizer,” Cher says. “One woman, or even five, was not enough for him. I found all this out afterward. I asked him, ‘How did you manage the logistics?’ I was trusting and faithful with him. The truth is, I’m not so sure we should’ve ever been husband and wife.” Feeling trapped and depressed, she considered suicide. “I thought about jumping off a hotel balcony,” she admits. “Then I thought, No, I can just leave him. When I told Sonny, he said, ‘If you leave me, America will hate you and you won’t have a job.’ I went, ‘You know what, Sonny? I just don’t care!’ ”

On her second husband, rocker Gregg Allman
“Gregory was a Southern gentleman who also happened to be a heroin addict. I kept going to rehab with him to help him try to kick drugs. It was very hard for him. Then Elijah was born, and a year later I left Gregory for good. As crazy as I was about him, I wasn’t going to let him be around my kids.” Their son Elijah Blue Allman, now 34, struggled with heroin dependency, but he has reportedly been drug-free since an intervention organized by his mother in 2003. “Elijah’s doing really well,” she says. “He’s a good artist, a painter. He’s been asked by Louis Vuitton to design a label for them.”

On dating Warren Beatty, Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, and Richie Sambora
“I enjoyed them all! I never felt I chose badly, and I was always happy when the next man came along. I can usually last about two years with a man, and that’s it. The moment the relationship goes into the phase of more commitment, it changes.”

On her new man, Ron Zimmerman, a 52-year-old TV screenwriter she met online
“Even though I’m older than him, I’d never before been with anybody over 30,” she admits, adding that Zimmerman is not her usual type: “Ron is short, a bit scraggly, like an absentminded professor. He’s the funniest person I have ever met, and the most eccentric—so bizarre and kind and very special.”

[From Parade]

I really appreciate how Cher has shared her struggles with Chaz’s gender change but has remained supportive of his choice. You can tell that she loves Chaz no matter what. She’s such a trip with the way she describes her past and dealing with Sonny cheating and trying to control her. I love how she seems totally over it and like she’ll tell us whatever we want to know. I’m glad she’s doing so well. This movie will probably flop, but that’s not her fault. It looks cheesy as hell and has Christina Aguilera in it.

You can read more of Cher’s interview on, and it’s kind of epic the amount of information she shares. Cher put out a memoir in 1998 called The First Time, and I think it’s time she wrote another one.

47598, HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - Monday November 15, 2010. Cher poses for photographs while arriving at the Grauman's Chinese Theater for the premiere of Burlesque . Photograph:  Koi Sojer,

Cast member Cher attends the premiere of the romantic musical drama motion picture Burlesque , at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on November 15, 2010. UPI/Jim Ruymen Photo via Newscom

Chaz Bono (L), the son of Cher, and his girlfriend, Jennifer Elia attend the premiere of the romantic musical drama motion picture Burlesque , at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on November 15, 2010. UPI/Jim Ruymen Photo via Newscom

Cast member Cher attends the premiere of the romantic musical drama motion picture Burlesque , at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on November 15, 2010. UPI/Jim Ruymen Photo via Newscom

Cast members, from left, Julianne Hough, Cher, and Christina Aguilera gather on the red carpet with writer/director Steven Antin during the premiere of the romantic musical drama motion picture Burlesque , at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on November 15, 2010. UPI/Jim Ruymen Photo via Newscom

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  1. Embee says:

    Cher is just the coolest, ever.

  2. Mercy says:

    I think she looks gorgeous on that cover, and that it is VERY flattering. She looks half her age. I love her personality and her honesty about herself.

  3. Praise St. Angie! says:

    next step for Chaz should be to get in better shape. he’s not going to last at such an unhealthy weight.

    Love Cher, love how she’s so “this is how it is and suck it if you don’t like it”.

    the movie looks like “Showgirls 2.0” to me, but on another site, it was described as having “oscar buzz” surrounding the premiere. OSCAR BUZZ? me thinks not.

  4. snappyfish says:

    I know she looks amazing but the hemline is still a little short for a woman in her 60s

  5. Schnauzers!!! says:

    I think Cher’s makeup is beautiful! She is a gorgeous woman!

  6. LindyLou says:

    She should make a movie about her life. Now that would be interesting to watch. 🙂

  7. Stop hating on Christina it’s getting old… Cher is amazing though and the movie is getting great reviews from those who’ve seen it so stop being mean.

  8. JM says:

    I love Cher and her many men. She’s like the female version of Hugh Hefner only not as creepy.

  9. terryo says:

    the ultimate cougar! hot, hotter & hottest!!

  10. Hollowdoll says:

    Look at Cher’s hands and then look at SJP’s or Madonna’s lobster claws! As far as I know that is the one thing that gives away your age the most and there is no surgery for that.

  11. Cheyenne says:

    @snappyfish: ITA about the hemline, but for a woman in her 60’s she looks fabulous!

  12. Delta Juliet says:

    She does seem fascinating……and Moonstruck is one of my fave movies 😉

  13. Novaraen says:

    Ah…bless Cher. She does love her wigs. 🙂

  14. RobN says:

    I love the fact that she handles stuff and moves on. Very refreshing in an era when everybody fixates on their problems and whines about them forever.

  15. Michael says:

    she look awful. she needs to stop the surgery before she goes joan collins.

  16. redlips says:

    Cher looks fabulous! Amazing what money and plastic surgery can do for an old girl.

    Have to disagree with her on the “30 and under” though. Yes, the stamina is there however, I certainly don’t want to have to train any studmuffin!

    Chaz needs to lose some weight and get healthy! He/she is taking years off his/her life…..not a good thing.

  17. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    no comment

  18. guesty says:

    she’s open & honest. no spin.

  19. Just a Poster says:

    Cher! Love this woman. I love how real she seems and hopefully she will write another book.

    Delta Juliet, make sure you check her out in Silkwood and Comeback to the five and dime Jimmy Dean. She was wonderful in these. And of course Mermaids was wonderful as well.

  20. Jenna says:

    it’s interesting how Cher is so supportive of Chaz’s surgery, yet she continues to refer to him as “her” and “she”.

  21. grace says:

    why to make comments on people’s wheight? this is not even related to the post. besides, let’s stop the hypocrisy that such comments are based on health concerns, please.

  22. Olderbudweiser says:

    I love Cher but that Parade cover makes her look like Joey Ramone with better teeth and skin.

  23. Bodhi says:

    Cher has already talked about the “pronoun game” & how hard it is to switch to one when you have been saying the other for 40 years

  24. Kaye says:

    I call b.s. on the no boyfriend over 30 comment. I worked for her veterinarian many years ago and her boyfriend would bring in her dog. Cher never came in, unfortunately. Her boyfriend was Irish and most definitely over 30.

  25. Tess says:

    Cher leaves a of of wreckage in her wake, as most self centered people do.

    I always loved Cher, and the way she looked. But I think she’s looking ridiculous, lately. And if she mostly dates guys under 30, then her emotional growth is probably stunted… and she really cannot sustain relationships with grown ups.

  26. Koolkitty says:

    Just when I thought I couldn’t love her more….I do. Olderbudweiser just about had me laughing coffee out my nose with the Joey Ramone comment though!

  27. Mylo says:

    What is up with the CROTCH AREA in Cher’s cover photo? It looks like she’s packing something extra down there. Photoshop mistake?

  28. Anti-icon says:

    Cher’s the bomb. She always tells the truth, and it never seems to bite her in the ass. You gotta admire that in a gal.

  29. british bitch says:

    Gorgeous. I hope I look like that at 64.

  30. LolaBella says:

    Cher is fabulous, but she does look a little manly in the face in that cover pic.

    If you gave birth to a daughter and for almost 40 years referred to her as ‘her’ and ‘she’, it is hard to change that mindset overnight. She has said in interviews that she is trying but she still gets the pronouns wrong.

    The most important thing is that she is supportive and accepting of her son’s choice.

    I would think it would be more work having to constantly teach new younglins. Older men tend to be more experienced, less needy and need less ‘guidance’.

  31. jc126 says:

    Come on, no one over 30? I doubt that’s true.

  32. Kiska says:

    I love Cher because she is so genuine and speaks honestly.

    As for Chaz, I hope he is more comfortable with himself now. However, for health reasons, he needs to lose weight. He’s starting to resemble Jabba the Hut.

  33. Lady D says:

    Oh to be Cher.

  34. Emily says:

    We’ve just found out that our kitten, who we’ve had for about two weeks, is a girl and not a boy, and we still slip up on the pronouns. I can’t imagine how much harder it would be when you’ve been using feminine pronouns for 40 years. I think the main thing is that Cher’s supportive of Chaz, and is trying to use the proper pronouns.

  35. Kloops says:

    Cher sure does like the peach makeup. And the young dudes. And if she were a man I’d roll my eyes and say, “Grow up already!” but because it’s Cher she gets a pass in my book. No good reason why, but she’s Cher…. Good on her for dating a 52 year old. She’s evolving.

  36. Shay says:

    Um what rubbish. She had a relationship with Gene Simmons, and he was over 30.
    Can’t stand her.

  37. slymm27 says:

    trying to say all the right things all the time. I do believe she has a few emotional issues.

  38. Trippin says:

    It must be doubly hard too to see Chaz looking like a blown up 2x Sonny Bono without the tache. The last little bit of Chastity remaining is the small ladies hand peeking out from that awful suit. Someone give our man Chaz a damn makeover. Cher is still cool. I can’t imagine being a mom myself what she went through.

  39. Brenda says:

    I agree with Lindylou….they should do a movie about Cher’s life…..That would be one interesting movie. Who do you think would be the perfect person to protray her? I am sure Cher would would be a great consultant….and make a true protrayal………I have always found her interesting…..