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“The Way of Love,” “Don’t Hide Your Love,” “Love and Understanding.” Cher has sung about The Big L throughout her glittering and enduring career. And as Cher has a list of ex-husbands and ex-boyfriends as long as her discography, it’s a subject that she seemingly knows all about. But in 2018 the legendary diva revealed the fascinating story behind perhaps her unlikeliest conquest.

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So Cher’s eventful love life evidently began in her mid-teens when she left high school for the bright lights of Los Angeles. The youngster then began performing on stage with Sonny Bono – a singer 11 years her senior – whom Cher admits she was instantly smitten with. In 2010 she told Parade magazine, “I swear to God, the moment I saw Sonny, everyone else in the room disappeared. He was the coolest guy.”

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