A tabloid cover story about Cher getting a “miracle cure” to stop her from “dying” is fake news. Gossip Cop can bust the bogus report. As we’ve reported for years, the music legend was never recently close to death in the first place.
But sister outlets the National Enquirer and the Globe have repeatedly tried to kill Cher off, claiming again and again that she’s on the brink of dying from various illnesses. In fact, the Enquirer put this phony contention on its cover so many times, Gossip Cop rounded up several of the issues for a photo gallery. Now the Globe is trying to explain why Cher is still alive after all the time the tabloid and its fellow gossip magazine have spent predicting her death.
“Dying Cher Miracle Cure,” exclaims the new cover, which further touts, “Inside Her Amazing Mamma Mia Comeback.” In a purported “world exclusive,” a headline inside the issue further declares, “Cher Cheats Death!” The article begins by alleging the performer has “battled back from the brink of death thanks to experimental blood transfusions.”
The so-called “revolutionary treatments” supposedly “wiped out a virulent virus that was shutting down her kidneys and killing her by inches.” An untraceable “source” is quoted as saying, “Cher’s recovery and comeback have been nothing short of miraculous. It’s as if she’s literally come back from the dead!” A similarly unidentifiable “source” asserts that the alleged “controversial blood-replacement therapy” was a “last-ditch effort to stay alive.”
To substantiate its narrative, the outlet quotes Cher as saying, “I was sick constantly and almost died from pneumonia.” But while the publication features that statement in the present tense, with the attribution “Cher confesses,” it doesn’t tell readers that the quote is actually a decade old. Cher made that statement in an interview with USA Today in 2008. At the time, she was speaking about her battle with the Epstein-Barr virus, which she first fought off in the 1980s.
By not providing the context, the Globe is making it seem like Cher only just admitted to recently suffering from a life-threatening illness. That is clearly not the case, given that her interview took place a full 10 years ago. The tabloid further tries to mislead readers by maintaining Cher is suddenly looking “fit and fabulous,” with one of its “sources” saying, “Cher hasn’t looked or felt this good in years.” Actually, more than a year ago, Gossip Cop pointed out that Cher showed she was perfectly healthy at the Billboard Music Awards, where she performed and received the 2017 Icon Award.
The fact that she’s (still) healthy today is not the shocking turn-around the magazine is making it out to be. The outlet simply seems to be trying to cover up for all those “dying” reports because Cher stunned on the red carpet at the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again premiere last month. But the truth has always been this: While the singer’s health has been up and down over the decades, she was never on the verge of death in the last few years, as wrongly alleged. In fact, Cher’s spokesperson confirms to Gossip Cop, “She did have Epstein-Barr many years ago… The rest is the usual [garbage].”
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.