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Cher reveals what she thought when she first met gay men

Ella Braidwood July 20, 2018
Cher attends the UK Premiere of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Cher starred in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (John Phillips/Getty)

Queer icon Cher has revealed what she first thought when she met gay men – and it’s so heartwarming.

Speaking to Billboard, Cher revealed that her first meeting with two gay guys was when she was 12-years old living at home with her mum.

“I came home from school and there were these two guys in our living room,” she said.

“They were talking to my mom and her best friend, and they were so happy and excited about everything they were talking about, so animated.”

Cher said she began copying gay men from an early age, adding: “I thought, ‘These guys are much more fun than the regular men that come over to visit.’

“And I didn’t know that they were gay, but I just thought ‘These guys are great,’ and it all started from then.”

Cher can be seen starring in new film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again as Ruby Sheridan, the mother of the first film’s protagonist Donna (Meryl Streep).

And, speaking to Today‘s Kathie Lee Gifford recently, she revealed that her cover of “Fernando” for the film will not be her only ABBA-related track to look forward to.

The star told Gifford that she has since made an entire album of ABBA covers.

Cher poses on the red carpet upon arrival for the world premiere of the film “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” in London on July 16, 2018. (ANTHONY HARVEY/AFP/Getty)

She said: “After I did Fernando, I thought it would really be fun to do an album of ABBA songs… so I did!”

Speaking about the album, she teased: “It’s not what you think of when you think ABBA, ’cause I did it in a different way.”

It’s not clear when the album is set to drop but fans are thrilled with the news.

It will be Cher’s first full album since 2013’s Closer to the Truth, which spawned singles “Woman’s World” and “I Hope You Find It”.

Cher (Brook Mitchell/Getty)

It was announced earlier this year that all four members of ABBA – Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad – have reunited to record two new songs.

One of the new songs, “I Still Have Faith in You”, will be heard for the first time in a TV special in December.

The band said: “We all felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio.

“So we did. And it was like time had stood still and we had only been away on a short holiday.

“It resulted in two new songs and one of them I Still Have Faith In You will be performed by our digital selves in a TV special produced by NBC and the BBC aimed for broadcasting in December.

“We may have come of age, but the song is new. And it feels good.”

During their eleven-year career, the group sold almost 400 million singles and albums around the world.

Dancing Queen and Fernando are their biggest-selling songs worldwide.

The band decided to call it quits in 1983.

They had a tumultuous time personally while they were an active group.

Both Agnetha and Bjorn and Anni-Frid and Benny married and divorced each other during the lifespan of the group’s success.

More: ABBA, Album, Cher, covers, LGBT, Music

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