In a candid interview with The Los Angeles Times, Cher, the iconic “Believe” singer, addressed the past tensions between her and Madonna. The controversy arose from a resurfaced interview clip where Cher had referred to Madonna as “mean” back in 1991, a moment now featured in Madonna’s Celebration Tour. Despite the harsh words, Cher emphasized that they had long moved past the issue, stating, “We buried that hatchet a long time ago because I called her something so much worse, and she forgave me.”
Cher acknowledged Madonna’s unique ability to predict trends in the music industry, praising her astuteness, “There’s no one like her that had their ear to the ground and knew everything before anybody else.” Cher’s admiration for Madonna’s foresight extended to her acknowledgment of Madonna’s influence on pop culture, even though they had their differences in the past.
Despite previous instances where Cher expressed her opinions about Madonna, including a 2012 cryptic post on X (formerly Twitter) about Madonna’s album MDNA and her choice not to collaborate with her on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Cher clarified her stance. She revealed, “I never hated her, I just thought she was a bitch. Actually, I quite respect her.” Cher highlighted Madonna’s talent and ability to ride the wave of trends, a trait that Cher finds admirable.
Their paths crossed again in January 2017 at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., demonstrating a sense of unity and shared purpose. Cher’s candid interview sheds light on their complex relationship, emphasizing the respect Cher holds for Madonna’s contributions to the music industry, ultimately underscoring a newfound peace between the two music legends.