In a new interview with The Guardian, Cher surprised her fans by revealing just who the great loves of her life really were. The stunning 74-year-old entertainer, who has dated some of the most famous men in the world of acting and music, shared that two of them take the top spot for two uniquely different reasons.
Cher famously dated David Geffen, Tom Cruise, Gene Simmons, Val Kilmer, Warren Beatty, Tommy Lee, and Richie Sambora. Yet, she revealed that it was the Allman Brothers Band’s singer and Hammond organ player Gregg Allman and actor Rob Camiletti who appeared to really make her heart soar.
Four days after divorcing her first husband, Sonny Bono — with whom she had a child named Chaz — Cher married Allman. Nine days after that, the couple divorced due to Allman’s drug problems. They would reconcile and have one son, Elijah Blue. Gregg died in May 2017, as noted by Rolling Stone.
Camiletti was only 22 to Cher’s 40 when they began dating, and the couple soon became tabloid fodder, not only due to their age differences but also the fact that prior to dating the singer, the aspiring actor worked in a bagel store — hence his nickname of “bagel boy.” Their romance didn’t survive the public ridicule and they broke up after three years together, reported InStyle.
“Gregory was a special and difficult man. He was a southern gentleman who happened to do drugs. It was that simple. And he tried hard to get off them. One time we were going to rehab and I said: ‘I’m so tired of doing this,’ and he said: ‘So am I. And I keep doing it for you.’ Robert was completely different. He was like a rock,” she shared to The Guardian.
Cher’s famous love life accompanies a career that has spanned over six decades. She spoke about her longevity in the business and attributed it to not only her talent as an actor and performer, but her perseverance as a woman who doesn’t need a man to succeed and who is not afraid to state her worth in an industry that allegedly undervalues females. She famously repeated a now-iconic quote of hers in the Guardian interview that reflected her core beliefs. The veteran entertainer recalled a conversation she had with her mother, 94-year-old Georgia Holt, many years earlier.
“I was struggling to get a movie made. She said: ‘Honey, what you need in your life is a rich man.’ And I went: ‘Mom, I am a rich man.’ It still has a meaning to me. I don’t need that; I am that” she claimed to The Guardian.
In the interview, Cher also relayed her feelings about aging and her ability to keep up with younger women in the industry. She said that her longevity as an entertainer comes from the fact that she has always given 100 percent to her fans. She said her voice sounds better than it ever has and that she’s worked her whole life to keep strength in her body.
“There are 20-year-old girls who can’t do what I do,” she remarked.