Back with her first new album in five years, Cher is dishing to ET Canada’s Carlos Bustamante about covering ABBA with her new album Dancing Queen and the important lessons about life and love she’s learned along the way.

The 72-year-old icon says she has been thinking about doing a new album but “wasn’t serious” when it came to putting together original tracks, revealing the idea to do an album full of covers was a spontaneous one.

“I think the fact that I didn’t think this through at all…I just did it. And I don’t think I was serious about doing it when I started it!” she tells ET Canada. “I didn’t even think. It came out of nowhere. Honestly, I didn’t plan it. I didn’t think about it.”

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Thanks to her scene-stealing cameo in “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!”, Cher found her inspiration for Dancing Queen.

“I did the movie. I did ‘Fernando’. And the beginning of ‘Super Trouper’. And I don’t know what happened. Honestly,” she recalls. “One day I just thought, It would really be fun just to do a cover album. And I’ve never thought that in my entire life. And I couldn’t even imagine matching two people or two groups less alike than me or ABBA.”

While plenty of ABBA songs cover the good, the bad, and the ugly of love, Cher says she’s learned a lot when it comes to the subject.

“My mother gave me some wisdom that I’ve kept my whole life. And it’s, ‘If it doesn’t matter in five years, it doesn’t matter.’ And we always think that this love is the only love,” she explains, though she’s not looking to fall in love any time soon.

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“I don’t believe you can give up yourself! You can be in love, you shouldn’t fall in love,” she says. “Falling is a negative thing. It just says, I have no control over anything. I am just cascading into ‘I don’t know where.’

“Someone was asking me about different boyfriends and I’m friends with all of them. And I think that…I liked them before…I think that’s something you have to do. I think you should like the person you love. Because when you break up, if you don’t like them, you just don’t want to know them anymore. I always think that’s sad.”

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For the singer, finding that special someone should come by chance — not because you’re out there searching for your next great love.

“I think that you just meet a person and you click. I mean, I think you can be open to it, I just don’t know if you can be looking for it.”

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