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Cher reveals why she still hasn’t watched ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’

The legendary star opens up about the film and new ABBA covers album 'Dancing Queen' in the October issue of Attitude.

By Will Stroude

The summer of 2018 will truly be remembered for being the summer of Cher, and as the legendary star follows up her scene-stealing appearance in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! with an entire album of souped-up ABBA covers, she’s gracing the cover of Attitude once more.

In a world exclusive interview in our new October issue – available to download and to order globally – Cher reveals how her unexpected tribute to the iconic pop band came to bear, and reveals why she still hasn’t watched the Mamma Mia sequel back despite rave reviews of her performance.

Asked what her secret to remaining her youthful appearance the movie, which sees her play the mother of Meryl Streep’s character Donna, the 72-year-old replies: “Make-up. Five pounds of make-up!”

She continues: “Also the director really liked me, and I think he took extra special care to light me. That has a lot to do with it. He was wonderful.

Photography: Machado Cicala; Styling: August Getty

“I didn’t really see the whole movie because I’m not quite ready. And I will see it at some point. I don’t really love seeing my movies right away.”

Cher’s high-camp persona and outspoken support of LGBT equality has ensure her bond with gay men has remained resolute for almost six decades, but the singer says she didn’t intend for Dancing Queen – due for release on 28 September – to be her campest contribution to music yet.

“In my mind it wasn’t [camp]” she tells us. “Honestly! I didn’t mean it to be camp!

“I’m happy if whoever wants to think of it as that, if it makes them happy I’m pleased. But I didn’t mean it to be camp at all. I just thought it to be either fun or a little bit heart-breaking.”

The Empress of Pop, who has already unveiled tracks from the album including ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)’ and ‘SOS’ goes on: “ABBA songs are a lot harder to sing than one might imagine. They’re much more intricate, they’re much more substantive.

“I think that people love ABBA, but I’m not so sure they appreciate them on a musical level. I don’t think they ask themselves, ‘Why am I loving this?’”

Read Cher’s world exclusive interview in the October issue of Attitude, out now with two other special cover featuring Andy Cohen and Rami Malek.

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