The tabloids consistently publish bogus stories about Cher's supposed poor health and alleged death scares. In reality, the 72-year-old singer is in great shape. Here are a few wrong reports that Gossip Cop has corrected.
Although it's true Cher was diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr virus in 1986, she has managed the disease well and in the last decade has had a huge career resurgence. That didn't stop RadarOnline from publishing a bogus story in August 2016 that claimed Cher was too sick to perform. The made-up report said the singer had been "crippled by the vicious Epstein-Barr virus," when in fact she hasn't had a major incident caused by the virus since 2008. At the time, Gossip Cop checked with the star's rep, who told us the story wasn't true.
Two years later, the National Enquirer and its sister publication, the Globe, pushed a false narrative about Cher receiving a "miracle cure" to stop her from dying. The outlets contended that the singer was getting "experimental blood transfusions" to cure a virus that was "shutting down her kidneys and killing her by inches." To back up its story, the tabloids used a decade-old quote by Cher about a serious bout of pneumonia she had fought in 2008. Gossip Cop checked with Cher's spokesperson, who called the story "the usual garbage."
Last November, the Globe published a story quoting another unnamed source as saying Cher was too sick to perform and was "struggling every day to find the strength to carry on." The alleged insider added, "She's in the grips of the devastating Epstein-Barr virus and it's difficult to get out of bed sometimes." Just a month and half later, the singer kicked off her Here We Go Again tour, which is now almost two years into its successful run around the world. And no, Cher is not performing from her bed.
In May, the Globe made up an absurd story about Cher planning to freeze her body when she dies. The tabloid quoted a "source" as saying the singer was "struggling every day to find the strength to carry on," and that she was "bedridden, weak and depressed." Not only did Cher's spokesperson dismiss the story as nonsense, but just four days later, the singer continued with another leg of her world tour in Grand Rapids, MI.
Cher is currently wrapping up another two-year residency at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas before heading out on a tour this fall that will take her all over Europe and North America, wrapping up just before Christmas. The iconic singer shows no sign of slowing down and it's quite clear she's in excellent health, despite what the tabloids would have you believe.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.