A global superstar for decades, Cher has wowed the world with her easily recognizable singing and iconic fashion. With such high profile, her numerous whirlwind romances have been shown to their fullest. The singer was previously married to her stage partner Sonny Bono and musician Gregg Allman. She has also been linked to other celebrities including Warren Beatty, Gene Simmons, Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise.
Despite love won and lost, the “Believe” singer refused to lose herself in a relationship. For her, dating men was a desire but never a requirement to live the life she wanted. “I love men. I think guys are the coolest, but you don’t really need them to live,” Cher quipped in a 1996 interview with Dateline.
Though the icon has had her share of dalliances, there are a few other famous faces the singer wishes she’d dated.
Cher stood Elvis Presley up because she was nervous
One regret Cher has in her love life is missing out on a date with Elvis Presley. In a 2010 interview with David Letterman, Cher admitted she was close to dating the late singer. During the interview, Letterman rattled off a list of men Cher had previously been associated with and asked for her first thoughts on each. When he got to the King of Rock and Roll, Cher simply said, “Almost.”
When Letterman pressed her for clarification, the icon revealed that her nerves prevented her from going on a planned date. “I didn’t come there. I was so nervous,” she told Letterman, adding, “But I wish I had.”
Needless to say, Presley didn’t let that missed date get her down. In 1967, Presley married Priscilla Presley and the two had a daughter, Lisa Marie Presley. After the two split, the “Jailhouse Rock” singer dated songwriter Linda Thompson and Ginger Alden. He later died of heart disease in 1977, so Cher never got a second chance to see what could have been.
Marlon Brando was another star Cher let get away with
Elvis Presley wasn’t Cher’s only missed love opportunity. Turns out, she’d missed another famous name. In the same interview with David Letterman, Cher also revealed that she wishes she had dated Hollywood legend Marlon Brando.
When Cher mentioned his name, Letterman asked, “You haven’t dated Marlon Brando?” She replied, “Well, we just hung out for a while, but I wish I had.” While the goddess of pop didn’t share, what had happened during their brief encounter, she adamantly expressed her regret.
Brando would certainly have been an interesting role for the singer. Aside from his work on screen, the actor was known for his romantic exploits, including a tumultuous eight-year relationship with actress Rita Moreno. He and neighbor Jack Nicholson also hit the streets of Hollywood together in the 1970s, hosting infamous soirees at their bachelor pads on Mulholland Drive. Cher could have dodged a bullet there!