April 06, 2020
Val Kilmer battled throat cancer in recent years, but he was not alone. Former partner Cher, was there to help. He writes how he felt about it in his new memoir.
In his book, Kilmer recalled a particular incident in which he feared for his life but, somehow, ended up laughing because of the singer. Who's to say that didn't help him through.
Cher and Kilmer dated during the early 1980s. The two remained on good terms because, over three decades later, Cher invited him to stay in her guest house.
It was sometime after 2015, the year Kilmer was diagnosed with throat cancer. Kilmer went over to Cher's. One night while there, he ended up facing his mortality.
"I suddenly awoke vomiting blood that covered the bed like a scene out of 'The Godfather," Kilmer reportedly wrote in his book. He revealed that he prayed before calling 911.
That's when Cher came in. The paramedics also arrived, and one of them was incredibly handsome. Kilmer noticed how his hostess was gazing at the beautiful health worker.
Soon, the celebrities' eyes met, and Kilmer raised his eyebrows to show he knew. Cher acted shy at first, but then she laughed at the situation. In his book, Kilmer pointed out the irony of it all.
"Here we were, joking about beauty and desire [...] while my life seemed to be in mortal danger," he wrote. Eventually, he was cut off from his fit of laughter with an oxygen mask.
Kilmer ended up beating cancer. In four years, he hasn't had any reoccurrence of the disease. His treatment? A tracheotomy, chemotherapy, radiation, and, he says, his Christan faith.
In addition to having a good friend around, Kilmer was motivated to fight by the threat of his career ending due to impeded speech. He doesn't have to worry about that now.
He's been touring with his one-person Mark Twain show and is expected to make a comeback as Iceman in "Top Gun." The film is due for release on December 23, 2020.
Kilmer has also been making public appearances. Back in November, fans were happy to see the star looking so good at the GLAM Art Exhibition at his HelMel Studios in Los Angeles.
The "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" actor wore a colorful flannel shirt and a pair of black jeans at the event. He also accessorized with a blue scarf and long copper necklace.
Kilmer posed with artist Tamie Adaya during the event, which saw him sporting a long hairstyle. It looks like fashion is certainly something he and his ex-girlfriend Cher still have in common.