In a relationship with a man 40 years younger: Cher's love life over the years

Dating a man 40 years younger: Cher's love life over the years


Cher's name has been in the news for three weeks. Is the singer preparing a return on disc or on the boards? At the movie theater? No. She simply found love again with a man 40 years her junior: music producer Alexander Edwards. A story that has been making headlines in the American tabloids ever since.

It had been a while since Cher had appeared with a man by her side. Since breaking up with screenwriter Ron Zimmerman in 2012, the singer had been more discreet about her love life. So a new romance in the life of the now 76-year-old star was sure to make a splash in the tabloid press. 

But when the identity of her new Prince Charming unveiled, the Web not only got carried away, but it did it at breakneck speed. Because Cher now shares her life with a 36-year-old man. 

“We kiss like teenagers,” the singer tweeted, visibly in love, shortly after the announcement of their relationship. 

A “strange” romance

Cher even confessed to – sort of – understanding his detractors. Also on Twitter, she announced to her approximately four million subscribers that their relationship could at first glance seem “strange”. 

“It's strange on paper (even for me). A. E. [Alexander Edwards, NDLR] says that love does not know mathematics”, she wrote. 

It must be said that age has probably never bothered Cher, she who first found fame in a duet with her first husband, Sonny Bono. The late singer was no less than 11 years older than his sweetheart.

Since their divorce, Cher's romantic conquests have regularly hit the headlines in the American media. Here are five examples. 

Gregg Allman

The divorce between Cher and Sonny Bono had only been finalized three days since the singer was already marrying in just married to Gregg Allman, in 1975. From this union was born their son Elijah Blue Allman, and an album launched under the name of Allman and Woman. The marriage lasted four years. 

Gene Simmons

After her divorce from Gregg Allman, Cher found solace in the arms of another rocker: Kiss frontman Gene Simmons. Being both known for their extravagance, their union seemed to flow naturally. The singer even told People magazine that it was “the most beautiful relationship” she had ever had with a “human being”, despite her partner’s infidelities. Gene Simmons eventually left Cher for none other than Diana Ross. 

Val Kilmer

Val Kilmer had not yet known fame when he fell in love with the interpreter of Believe, in the early 1980s. Rumor has it all the same that it was Meryl Streep – a friend close to the singer – who orchestrated their meeting on the occasion of Cher's birthday. If their romance ended after less than two years, their friendship has endured ever since; the singer also accompanied the actor during his fight against throat cancer in 2014. 

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise was only 23 when he fell in love with Cher, then 39. The couple dated for two years before ending their relationship. “It could have been a great love story, I was crazy about him,” even confided the singer in an interview with Oprah in 2008. A few years later, the interpreter of Believe once again returned to her idyll with Tom Cruise, specifying to Andy Cohen that he was in the top 5 of his best lovers. 

Eric Stoltz

A persistent rumor has it that Cher and Eric Stoltz dated in the mid-1980s. It wasn't their 15-year age difference, however, that raised eyebrows; it's more the fact that they played a mother-son tandem in the hit movie Mask. People magazine, which announced their romance at the time, received a letter from Cher, angry that the publication had relayed this rumor in their pages.