Cher recalls terrifying ordeal when man ‘tried to kill her’ in New York

Cher has shared a terrifying incident in which a man ‘tried to kill her’ as she headed in to a Broadway theatre where she was performing. 

The singer, 74, revealed she was pushed into an alleyway and threatened by a man while she was performing in Come Back To The 5 & Dime on Broadway in New York in the 1980s. 

She told The Guardian: ‘I had a man try to kill me. I always got dropped off at the stage door when I was doing Come Back To The 5 & Dime on Broadway.

‘I thought he was going to shake my hand, and he grabbed my arm and put it behind my back.

‘He started pushing me down the alleyway, and he said, “If you make a sound, I’ll kill you.”’

Thankfully, the dangerous moment was spotted by a couple of onlookers who managed to scare the man off before he could hurt Cher.

Cher explained: ‘Two fans, who later became friends, saw something was wrong, and they started screaming and ran towards me, and he ran away.’

The Believe star admits she doesn’t like going out any more, especially since smartphones were created.

She added: ‘Everybody’s got a camera and it’s not safe. People rush you, and you don’t know if they’re going to kill you or take your picture. Either way, I don’t like it.’

Cher also opened up about ageing, admitting that despite still touring and putting artists half her age to shame, she does find it harder now she is in her 70s. 

She admitted: ‘I hate it. Any woman who is honest will say it’s not as much fun. When I was working on the road we used to work two shows a night and then go out dancing all night long.

‘[Now I have] to rest because you’ve got another night. [I’ve] worked my whole life to keep strength in my body. There are 20-year-old girls who can’t do what I do.’

As well as her work in music, Cher also recently rescued the world’s loneliest elephant, Kavaan, after her fans appealed for her help. 

She flew the animal out to Cambodia where he is now enjoying a better life with some female elephants to keep him company after spending the majority of his life in shackles. 

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