Currently performing her "Classic Cher" tour for her residency in Las Vegas, Cher doesn't know when to quit . . .and actually, she has no desire to. But this Sunday — a day after she turns 71 — she'll have to take a quick break and trek over to the Billboard Music Awards to gather her ICON Award, where she's also set to perform her 1998 hit "Believe" for the first time on television in 15 years.
In celebration of the autonomous and unapologetically blunt-talking Cher, here are some of her honest reflections about herself, men, and aging. Oh, if she could only turn back time...
On Her Career and Her Life:
"I've always taken risks, and never worried what the world might really think of me."
“Icon is a stupid word."
“When I think about my life, it was a really good life. It was hard. It was crazy. And it was laced with amazing and treacherous and sad [things], like everybody’s life.”
“I’m not a Cher fan. I just don’t think my aesthetic taste lies in her direction.”
"I don't know what else I would be if I wasn't me. I am not looking from the outside, looking back. I am who I am."
"Someone once said 'The only thing that will be left after a nuclear holocaust is Cher and cockroaches.' I think that's funny, because, you know, I am a survivor. If I am anything, that's what I am."
"Men aren't necessities. They're luxuries."
"Men should be like Kleenex, soft, strong and disposable."
"I don't need a man. But I'm happier with one. I like to have someone I can touch and squeeze and kiss. But I don't fold up and die if I don't have a man around."
"A girl can wait for the right man to come along but in the meantime that still doesn't mean she can't have a wonderful time with all the wrong ones."
"Women have to harness their power - its absolutely true. It's just learning not to take the first no. And if you can't go straight ahead, you go around the corner."
"Women are the real architects of society."
“I just don’t know how to accept it. I don’t want to either – but I don’t really know how to. I look in the mirror and I see this old lady looking back at me. And I have no idea how she got there!”
“I don’t like getting old. I’m shocked that I can still run across the stage at my age. I thought I’d be dead!”