Geffen was so upset by Cher’s decision to leave that he “could not get out of bed some days,” according to the book.Sonny Bono, then 27, was separated from his wife and trying to become a big-time singer.“I swear to God, the moment I saw Sonny, everyone else in the room disappeared,” Cher told Parade in November 2010.They married in 1964, welcomed daughter Chastity in 1969 (who at age 40, transitioned to life as a man and now goes by Chaz), and then separated in 1974, with Sonny citing “irreconcilable differences.” Though their divorce was ugly at times, they eventually forged a friendship.Cher campaigned for him in 1987, when he successfully ran for mayor of Palm Springs, Calif., and, more importantly, she gave the eulogy at Sonny’s funeral after he died in a skiing accident in January 1998.“He was the coolest guy ever.” The two began singing together, and she moved in with him, although they kept their relationship professional for awhile.(Initially, she was also supposed to be his housekeeper, and he told her he didn’t find her “very attractive.”) But Sonny changed his mind and went in for a kiss during a movie night.
(Photo: Getty Images)David Geffen Cher’s next love was record producer David Geffen, whom she met in the ’60s while working with Phil Spector but didn’t connect with until November 1973 while going through her divorce.In fact, it was Geffen who helped Cher fight her way out of her contracts that enabled Bono to control her career. “I was the first person to share his bed and to share his life,” Cher said of the three-years-older and openly gay Geffen in the 2001 biography The Operator.“People don’t believe that, or they don’t want to believe it, or they don’t understand how it could be.But we were really crazy about each other.” They even talked about marrying, but Cher eventually called things off in favor of a new relationship.Take a look back at the many men who have had the honor of being linked to the superstar.
Sonny Bono Cher met her most famous love when she was 16, not long after quitting school and leaving her unhappy home for Los Angeles.