Cher is sharing her feelings in a big way.
The legendary singer graces the cover of Billboard, out Thursday, and has a lot to get off her chest. A popular target for critics, Cher sounds off on U.S. President Donald Trump – calling him a cheat.
“The President is cheating and getting away with it, and using the White House to make money, and he’s going to take health care away from people, and people are going die,” she says. “It’s outrageous. You feel like you’re screaming ‘Fire!’ and no one’s listening.”
But she is equally critical of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party. “The Democrats f**ked up so bad in their message, and how old [the leadership] is,” she expresses. “You’ve got to pray that old people die before young people can get involved with the party. I told Hillary [Clinton] she should have a group of millennials give their ideas about government.”
And she is even critical of her own work. Despite scoring 10 gold, platinum or multi-platinum albums over the last five decades-plus, Cher is “not a Cher fan… I just don’t think my aesthetic taste lies in her direction.”
While many would be honoured to receive Billboard‘s Icon Award, Cher doesn’t really care: “‘Icon’ is a stupid word.”
She also isn’t a fan of aging: “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.”
But despite all this, Cher looks back on her life fondly. “When I think about my life, it was a really good life,” she says .”It was hard. It was crazy. And it was laced with amazing and treacherous and sad, like everybody’s life.”
Cher will be presented with an Icon Award at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on May 21.