With all that hullabaloo around America’s birthday last week, we somehow managed to miss an amazing new interview with Cher in The New York Times, where the singer was not holding back, as if she ever does, and being blunt and upfront about everything from her relationship with transgender son Chaz to her fashion sense and plastic surgery.
So, basically, one of the greatest interviews ever.
Here are just a few of the many highlights.
It’s a bitch. I don’t like it. Anyone who says they do is lying. Or they don’t have my work.
On her famous Bob Mackie Oscar gown:
I just thought, ‘I’m going to look like I am.’ I’m going to be who I am. I don’t care if they like how I dress. And if you could have seen it up close. It was cashmere, the beading was beautiful, they made earrings, and the headdress was exquisite. It was impeccable. It was beautifully done. Camp is in the eye of the beholder.
On her many drag queen impersonators, and their willingness to get surgery to look like the singer:
I think everybody wants to do what they want to do. If it doesn’t bother [them], it doesn’t bother me. I don’t feel creepy. I don’t.
On the colorful wigs she has been wearing of late, and getting blasted for:
I just thought, I’m going to do something interesting and fun. I like to dress up. I think it makes people happy.
On what she would say if she ever met Jesus:
I would just say, ‘Dude, what’s the deal?’