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Cher: 'I turned down Russia's Winter Olympics due to anti-gay law'

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Cher has refused to perform at Russia's 2014 Winter Olympics due to its anti-gay laws.

In an interview with Macleans, the singer revealed that she was offered the role of ambassador but declined immediately.

Cher press shot 2013


"I can't name names but my friend called who is a big oligarch over there, and asked me if I'd like to be an ambassador for the Olympics and open the show. I immediately said no," the 67-year-old said.

"I want to know why all of this gay hate just exploded over there. He said the Russian people don't feel the way the government does."

The 'Woman's World' singer went on to speak about the treatment of herself and former musician-partner Sonny Bono at the beginning of their career because they were "different".

"People hated Sonny and I in the early days because we looked and acted so different," she said. "Sonny was always getting into fights - people would call him 'fag' and he'd get his nose broken - only because we were dressing different.

"And these were our street clothes! You can't forget that. We tried getting on TV but the backlash against the networks was so bad, they wouldn't invite us back."

Cher, Golden Globes 2010

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Cher also spoke about her transgender son Chaz Bono who underwent surgery to become a man in 2010.

"When Chaz first told me she was going to do it - pronoun problem, when he first told me - and the process started, I was so frightened," she admitted.

"One time I called Chaz and he had forgot to change his voicemail and it was his old voice. It shook me a bit.

"These are small changes that as a mother you never forget. It is the last taboo. It used to be against the law. Thank God we've come so far."

Stephen Fry recently held a secret meeting with David Cameron in relation to his campaign to stop the 2014 Winter Olympics taking place in Russia.

The anti-gay law fines people who speak about homosexuality to under-18s.

Watch Cher's 'Woman's World' video below:

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