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NY Post
New York Post
21 Oct 2023

NextImg:Cher on calling Madonna ‘mean’ in Celebration Tour clip: ‘I’ve called her much worse’

As part of her 40th-anniversary Celebration Tour, Madonna turns back time, via video clip — specifically, to the time Cher called the Queen of Pop “mean,” during a 1991 interview.

“Yeah, but I’ve called her much worse,” Cher, 77, told The Post during a lengthy interview.

Still, the “Believe” singer — who released her first holiday LP, “Christmas,” on Friday — gives Madonna credit for the way that she has expressed herself over her four-decade career.

“You know, she’s had her moments babe,” she said. “One thing that I cannot ever take away from her … this chick had her ear to the ground like no other woman I ever knew.

“She was ahead of all of us every moment, every time — the look, the song, the feeling … I mean, no one is like her in that way.”

Madonna and Cher pose with Donatella Versace at a 1997 fundraiser honoring the designer’s late brother Gianni Versace.

The moment where Cher describes Madonna as “mean” is taken from footage where the Oscar-winning actress was interviewed by Steve Kmetko for CBS.

“There are lots of things that I respect about [Madonna],”  Cher says in a longer clip that can be found on YouTube. “I think that she knows how to work the business like nobody I’ve ever seen before.

“And there’s something about her that I don’t like. She’s mean. I don’t like that.”

After six decades in the business, Cher released her first holiday album, “Christmas,” on Friday.
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Cher goes on to recount her impression of Madonna when the “Vogue” diva visited her home with her then-husband Sean Penn.

“I remember having her over at my house a couple of times because Sean and I were friends, and she just was so rude to everybody,” she recalls.

“It seems to me that she’s got so much that she doesn’t have to act the way that she acts, like a spoiled brat all the time. It seems to me when you reach the kind of acclaim that she’s reached and can do whatever you wanna do, you should be a little more magnanimous and be a little less of a c—t.”