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Cher | Source: Getty Images
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Cher, 78, & Boyfriend, 38, Show Love Is Real as They Kiss & Hug on the Red Carpet, Igniting Mixed Reactions

Naomi Wanjala
Jun 19, 2024
06:35 A.M.

Ageless icon Cher defies expectations again! The 78-year-old singer turned heads with beau Alexander Edwards, 38, at the "Bike Riders" premiere. Their passionate public display of affection reignited a heated age-gap debate.

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Singer Cher is shattering expectations and proving that age is just a number. The "Believe" singer proudly flaunts her romance with 38-year-old boyfriend Alexander Edwards.

Cher arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere Of Focus Features "The Bikeriders" at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 17, 2024, in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

Cher arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere Of Focus Features "The Bikeriders" at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 17, 2024, in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

The lovebirds looked elegant as they matched in black biker leather outfits. They rocked the premiere of "The Bikeriders" in Hollywood on Monday evening. The film, set to be released on June 21, stars Tom Hardy, Jodie Comer, and Austin Butler.

Despite their on-and-off relationship since November 2022, Cher and Edwards appeared utterly smitten. The "Believer" singer dazzled in a cropped leather jacket and a sheer lace floral top.

Alexander Edwards and Cher attend "The Bikeriders" premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 17, 2024, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

Alexander Edwards and Cher attend "The Bikeriders" premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 17, 2024, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

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She showcased a hint of her toned midriff with oversized glittery cargo pants. Edwards matched her edgy vibe in an all-black leather outfit and a stylish black beanie hat. Their undeniable chemistry stole the spotlight. They gazed into each other's eyes, with Edwards planting a sweet kiss on Cher's cheek, making her glow with happiness.

Alexander Edwards and Cher attend "The Bikeriders" premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 17, 2024, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

Alexander Edwards and Cher attend "The Bikeriders" premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 17, 2024, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

The pair cuddled up as they posed for the cameras. Cher rested her head on his shoulder while they grinned ear to ear, basking in their love and the limelight.

The lovebirds' public display of affection ignited mixed reactions from our readers. One remarked, "So weird," clearly expressing discomfort with their relationship. Another commenter focused on their age difference, saying, "She is old enough to be his grandmother. But her bank Stu's very attractive [sic]."

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Criticism continued with, "She's way too old for him! I'm sure he likes her money!" while another reader dismissed the relationship altogether, writing, "Not buying this... Cher can do SO much better!!!!!"

Amid the backlash, some readers chose to highlight the positives. One person complimented Cher's youthful appearance, stating, “Cher doesn't look 77; she's younger looking than her age.” Another reader offered a heartfelt perspective, "Age is a state of mind!!! Love doesn't care!!!"

Alexander Edwards and Cher attend "The Bikeriders" premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 17, 2024, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

Alexander Edwards and Cher attend "The Bikeriders" premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 17, 2024, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

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The lovebirds are no strangers to public displays of affection. Just last month, in May, they dazzled at the 30th edition of the Cannes Gala in France. Dressed to impress, they stepped onto the red carpet and instantly turned heads.

Their chemistry was palpable. As they posed for the cameras, they sealed the moment with a passionate kiss, capturing everyone's attention. Cher and her beau first sparked dating rumors in November 2022. However, their initial meeting occurred at Paris Fashion Week in September of the same year.

Alexander Edwards and Cher attend the amfAR Cannes Gala 30th edition on May 23, 2024, in Cap d'Antibes, France. | Source: Getty Images

Alexander Edwards and Cher attend the amfAR Cannes Gala 30th edition on May 23, 2024, in Cap d'Antibes, France. | Source: Getty Images

Their encounter was brief, lasting only 15 minutes, but a mutual friend later passed Cher's number to Edwards. It was a surprising move, as Cher's contact information isn't easily shared.

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Initially, Cher had told her friends she was too old to date younger men. She had also vowed never to fall in love via text, but she did just that. Even though she wasn't looking to date, a friend's encouragement and Edwards' unique charm led her to break her own rules.

Alexander "AE" Edwards and Cher, winner of the Icon award, pose in the press room at the 2024 iHeartRadio Music Awards held at the Dolby Theatre on April 1, 2024, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Alexander "AE" Edwards and Cher, winner of the Icon award, pose in the press room at the 2024 iHeartRadio Music Awards held at the Dolby Theatre on April 1, 2024, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Despite their blossoming romance, Cher harbored doubts about her relationship with Edwards. She admitted when they first met, she repeatedly told herself it wouldn't work out, while Edwards remained optimistic.

After a few interactions, Cher found her initial reservations were wrong. Their relationship has far exceeded her expectations. Reflecting on their unlikely match, she humorously said, "On paper it's kind of ridiculous, but in real life, we get along great."

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The singer attributes the success of their relationship to Edwards' qualities, which she admires deeply. She describes him as smart, funny, handsome, kind, and fabulous—compliments she doesn't give easily. While they're going strong, their relationship hasn't been without its challenges. One amusing hurdle is Edwards not catching her cultural references.

Cher shared that sometimes, when she refers to something, Edwards reminds her that he wasn't born when those things happened. Such incidents lead to both misunderstandings and laughter.

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Alexander Edwards and Cher attend the Valentino Womenswear Spring/Summer 2024 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 01, 2023, in Paris, France | Source: Getty Images

Alexander Edwards and Cher attend the Valentino Womenswear Spring/Summer 2024 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 01, 2023, in Paris, France | Source: Getty Images

In May, Cher opened up about her relationship with Edwards and why she chose to date someone four decades younger. During an interview with Jennifer Hudson, she noted, "Men my age or older, well, now they're all dead."

Cher explained that even before her contemporaries passed away, they were often too intimidated to approach her. She found attraction in younger men who are bolder and more willing to engage. Their willingness to connect with her has allowed Cher to maintain a vibrant love life, something she deeply values.

Cher during an interview with Jennifer Hudson | Source:  YouTube/@JenniferHudsonShow

Cher during an interview with Jennifer Hudson | Source: YouTube/@JenniferHudsonShow

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Her candidness about preferring younger men resonated with many fans. It sparked a range of responses on social media. Supporters cheered her on with comments like, "I totally agree. Live your best life Cher!" Others appreciated her humor and honesty, with remarks such as, "She is hilarious 😂" and "She has a point."

The conversation around Cher's personal life choices has extended beyond mere entertainment gossip, touching on themes of personal happiness and authenticity. Fans have rallied to emphasize her right to live life on her terms.

One fan remarked that Cher being true to herself and doing whatever makes her happy is entirely her business. Others pointed out that Cher has a long history of dating younger men, a trend that began in her 40s, making her current relationship nothing new.

Cher and Alexander 'AE' Edwards at the Givenchy Womenswear Spring/Summer 2024 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on September 28, 2023, in Paris, France | Source: Getty Images

Cher and Alexander 'AE' Edwards at the Givenchy Womenswear Spring/Summer 2024 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on September 28, 2023, in Paris, France | Source: Getty Images

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Additionally, some noted that men Cher's age frequently pursue younger women, highlighting a double standard. Cher’s relationship with Edwards continues to captivate and divide public opinion.

However, the legendary singer remains unfazed, focusing on her happiness and authenticity. Embracing love on her terms, Cher proves that age is just a number and that true connections transcend societal norms.

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