CHER is undoubtedly a pop legend, having sung some of the bestselling singles of all time since she first rose to fame in the 60s.
In January 2022, the icon made headlines after revealing that she has no plans on going gray anytime soon.
Who is Cher?
Cher was born Cherilyn Sarkisian in 1946 to an Armenian-American father, John, and model and actress mum Georgia Holt.
After her parents divorced, Cher moved to California with her mum, who was playing small roles in TV shows.
Cher's mother also managed to land the star some small roles, but Cher never thought she would be famous.
She later said: "I couldn't think of anything that I could do … I didn't think I'd be a singer or dancer. I just thought, well, I'll be famous. That was my goal."
The 75-year-old shot to fame as one-half of the folk-rock husband-wife duo Sonny & Cher before she established herself as a solo artist.
She is one of the world's most successful recording artists, an icon of 1980s and 1990s pop-rock music, and her songs have hit no. 1 in over 20 countries.
Among Cher's huge list of honours, she has won a Grammy, an Emmy and three Golden Globes.
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An acclaimed actress, she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for 1984 film Silkwood, then in 1988 won Best Actress for her main role in Moonstruck.
Her song Believe became the highest-selling single of all time by a female artist in the UK and pioneered the use of Auto-Tune.
In May 2021 it was announced the Goddess of Pop, is having her life story made into a biopic film, giving fans the chance to see her astonishing struggle to superstardom.
What did Cher say about Gray hair?
Outside of Cher's music career, she is known for her signature look of long black hair.
On January 4, 2022, the If I Could Turn Back Time singer told PEOPLE that while gray hair is "fine for other girls," she is "just not doing it."
"[Going gray] is fine for other girls," Cher told the media outlet. "I'm just not doing it!"
Her statement comes after it was announced she would be teaming up with Saweetie for a new M.A.C Cosmetics beauty campaign called "Challenged Accepted," which encourages fans to "put their own M.A.C. makeup to the test and share the results with #macchallengeaccepted."
"I can't believe I did so much, actually," Cher added about her career. "There are few people that have had pictures taken their entire life … I don't think there was a moment that I stepped outside of my house where I didn't have a picture taken of me.
"It comes in handy now. But I liked all [my looks], really. And I made some [decisions] that were ridiculous, but I don't care."
Does Cher have children?
Cher has two children from two separate relationships. Cher had Chastity Bono (now known as Chaz Bono), with Sonny Bono in 1969.
Seven years later Cher had a son, Elijah Blue, with Gregg Allman. Elijah is now the singer and guitarist for the rock band Deadsy.
In December 2020 Cher told CNN she found it "very difficult" to accept her son Chaz Bono coming out as trans.
The pop icon confessed that Chaz's transition from female to male between 2008 and 2010 "wasn't easy" at first.
"It was very unlike me to, in the beginning, have a problem with Chaz being gay, and it disappeared like that," she told CNN.
“Then we talked about [whether Chaz was] transgender for many years and [he] would say, ‘No, I don’t want to [transition]'. And then he went and said, ‘OK, I want to do this.’”
Cher – who saved the "world's loneliest elephant" in November 2020 recalled: "But it wasn't easy. I remember calling, and the old [voicemail] message was on the phone, and that was very difficult.
"But you don't really lose them. They just are in a different shape.”
Who is her ex-husband Sonny?
Cher married singer-songwriter Sonny Bono in 1964 after first meeting him when she was 16 and he was eleven years her senior.
The two formed their own musical duo and scored a number-one-hit with their single, I Got You Babe.
The couple's only child, Chaz, was born in 1969 but rock's 'It couple' divorced six years later in 1975.
After the end of his entertainment career, Sonny entered the world of politics and became Mayor of Palm Springs, California, from 1988 to 1992.
He died in 1998 after sustaining fatal injuries from a skiing accident on the Nevada side of Heavenly Ski Resort.
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