Cher has had many ups and downs in her life and decades-long career, and her marriage to Sonny Bono seems to be especially full of them.
Cher and Sonny were married from 1964 to 1975, and their relationship was like a rollercoaster ride. Sonny wasn’t a picture of fidelity, and this and his other shortcomings caused the marriage to fall apart. In 1998, two decades after the divorce, Sonny died in a skiing accident.
Still, the ill-fated union can’t be erased from the story of Cher’s life, and when she tells her story to the world, she tells it like it is.
Cher revisits her painful first marriage
During her recent sit-down with Today’s Jenna Bush Hager, the iconic singer talked about her upcoming tour and a new Broadway show about her life.
Cher is not in the show, but she took part in its making. Revisiting her past with Sonny was unavoidable – she wanted to get the story right – and doing that brought up mixed feelings in her.
She told Jenna:
There were parts that were really hard, and there were parts that were really painful, like when Sonny is dead and he comes to talk to me. I’m sobbing every time.
It validates him so much, because we go through some stuff that really happened, but it doesn’t paint him in the best light.
Jenna asked Cher what Sonny would make of his portrayal in the show, and the singer said he “would be p***ed off a little bit, but he knows it’s true, so he’d be okay.”
Cher is grateful to Sonny despite the pain he caused
Despite the emotional abuse she had to endure when she was with him, Cher is grateful to her late ex-husband for helping her become who she is now.
She said in an interview with Vanity Fair:
He hurt me in so many ways, but there was something. He was so much more than a husband – a terrible husband, but a great mentor, a great teacher.
That attitude helped Cher get over Sonny, and now life with him is just a bittersweet memory.