The many loves of Cher: As the pop star, 66, prepares to marry a Hell’s Angel 24 years her junior, is there anyone she hasn’t bedded?
Cher, the woman who once said: ‘The trouble with some women is they get all excited about nothing — and then marry him,’ is set to marry a former Hell’s Angel. The 66-year-old singer is planning to tie the knot with Tim Medvetz, 42, in Las Vegas later this year, making him her third husband and the latest in a very long line of toyboys. CLAUDIA CONNELL looks back at all the other men in her eventful love life …
WHO: Warren Beatty, actor, director and notorious womaniser who counts Joan Collins and Madonna among his former conquests.
WHEN: 1962. The pair had a one-night stand.
AGE GAP: He’s nine years older than Cher.
THE DETAILS: Sixteen years old and having just left home, Cher met a 25-year-old Warren Beatty, already an established movie star, in a nightclub. Although he was dating Natalie Wood at the time, he took the teenager back to his LA home. Cher later told Playboy: ‘I did it because my girlfriends were crazy about him and so was my mother. What a disappointment!’ Despite Warren failing to live up to his reputation in bed, the pair remained good friends.
THE CROOKED FIRST HUSBAND
WHO: Sonny Bono, record producer and singer turned politician. Died in 1998.
WHEN: 1963 to 1973.
AGE GAP: He was 11 years older.
THE DETAILS: Cher met Sonny, then working as a ‘gofer’ for producer Phil Spector, in a coffee shop. They moved in together immediately and married the same year, forming a hugely successful singing duet. Their daughter Chastity, who underwent a sex change and is now known as ‘Chaz’, was born in 1969.
It was only after her divorce that Cher realised all the money she earned had been pocketed by Sonny, and she was penniless. She called him ‘a terrible husband’ and said he treated her ‘more like a golden goose than a wife’. But she forgave him enough to give the eulogy at his funeral when he was killed after hitting a tree while skiing.
THE MUSIC MAGNATE
WHO: David Geffen, billionaire music company boss who worked with everyone from John Lennon to Bob Dylan. Came out as gay in 1992.
WHEN: 1973 to 1975.
AGE GAP: He’s three years older.
THE DETAILS: The pair met at the Grammy Awards when Cher was still married to Sonny Bono. He paid for lawyers to end Sonny’s control over her finances. She once commented: ‘I was the first person to share his bed and to share his life. People don’t believe that, or they don’t want to believe it, or they don’t understand how it could be.’ The pair are still close friends and Cher says: ‘David helped me so much. I had no money and nowhere to live, if it wasn’t for him I’d have ended up on the street.’
THE JUNKIE SECOND HUSBAND
WHO: Gregg Allman, musician and songwriter.
WHEN: 1975 to 1978.
AGE GAP: He’s two years younger.
[SNIP] If you have to use the restroom, go do it now, because it’s a hell of a long list.