Thrilling her fans ‘down under,’ Cher dazzled the packed crowd of over 300,000 at Sydney’s Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras last night delivering a 20 minute set that included hits like “All or Nothing,” “Strong Enough,” “Believe,” and “If I Could Turn Back Time.”
The international icon also made a surprise appearance earlier in the evening during the parade.
In accepting the 2013 Legend Award from from the UK’s Attitude magazine over the weekend, Cher joked that “of course” the first gay men she knew were hairdressers when she was a child and her mother had them over, adding that she didn’t know what “gay” meant at the time – “In the beginning, I actually thought that ‘gay’ was code for ‘fun’.”
She also added why she thinks gay men love her and other female icons: “Gay men especially…they either love you or they don’t even notice that you’re on the planet. And I think what they like — I think what you guys like — is you like a strong woman that’s having a breakdown constantly, and that certainly is me. Judy Garland’s got nothing on me.”