The iconic pop star Cher may be getting ready to turn 75 this year, but that doesn’t mean she has to act that way. In a new interview, Cher opened up about why she refuses to “act her age.”
“There are 20-year-old girls who can’t do what I do,” Cher, 74, who works out five days a week with a personal trainer, bragged to The Guardian. “I’ve worked my whole life to keep strength in my body.”
Cher went on to say that even after all these years, she still gets a thrill from performing.
“I love standing on the stage and singing,” she said. “Once I’m onstage and get hold of an audience, I know I can bring the room together as one. If you have a heartbreak or a sickness, for 90 minutes I can make you forget.”
Cher’s mother Georgia Holt is 94, and she’s noticed signs of aging in her already.
“Now I start to see my grandmother in her,” Cher admitted. “She’s still lively. But I see her getting older, and it makes me nervous. For both of us.”
These days, Cher is staying young by focusing on the causes that she is passionate about. Over the past two years, she has been fighting to move a gorilla named Kaavan to a more humane refuge has grown into Freethewild.org, a charity that aims to save more wild animals held in poor conditions.
“We’re working on a gorilla right now, and another elephant,” said Cher. “People are hurting in major ways, in my country and all over the world,” she says. “If a problem comes to you, and you can do something about it, you just must, you know?”
As she looks back on her past, Cher said that she sees her mid-1980s boyfriend Rob Camilletti as one of the greatest loves of her life.
“[Rob] was a rock,” she said.
Despite her age, Cher still has not given up on finding love.
“I’m still on the lookout,” she said with a laugh.
Though she admits that she hates aging, Cher is a firm believer that she has the power to make the most of her life.
“If you really want something, you can figure out how to make it happen,” she said.