Cher once stood up Elvis Presley on a date, blames it on her nerves and her mother: 'I was too frightened'

Decades have passed since Cher declined to go on a date with Elvis Presley, but she still regrets not meeting him


                            Cher once stood up Elvis Presley on a date, blames it on her nerves and her mother: 'I was too frightened'
Cher and Elvis Presley (Getty Images)

When you think of Cher you immediately associate the iconic pop star with adjectives like bold, confident, sexy, mysterious, etc. But not even in our wildest dreams would we think of her as a 'nervous' person. The Goddess of Pop too experienced butterflies in her stomach when she was asked out on a date. Well, we can't blame her for it, when the said suitor happens to be none other than King of Rock & Roll- Elvis Presley.

In an interview with Andy Cohen on 'Watch What Happens Live', the 'Heart of Stone' singer revealed that she had been invited to spend the weekend with Elvis. But she got so nervous that she never turned up. She said, "I was just too frightened.” Although Cher didn't reveal when Elvis asked her out, many guess that it might have occurred in 1973, when both the stars were single. Although Elvis died in 1977, Cher still regrets not going on that date with him.

In an interview with David Letterman, on his show 'The Late Show with David Letterman', the singer expressed her regrets with, " I wish I had. I got nervous. I didn’t get there. I was that nervous."  She explained her nervousness about spending the weekend with Elvis, by pointing out how she had very little experience with dating. Cher met her first husband Sonny Bono when she was just 16. The couple eventually married and stayed together for 11 years, before they decided to split in 1974. "I had been married to Sonny for so long, 11 years. So when I got out, I was really excited, but I wasn’t quite with it," explained the singer to Letterman.

American folk rock duo, Sonny (Salvatore Bono, 1935 - 1998) and Cher (Cherilyn Sarkasian La Pier) at London Airport. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Cher also revealed that she had always been a fan of Elvis. She recounted how her mother used to take her to Elvis concerts when she was a little girl. She said, "My mom took me to see him when I was, like, 10 or 11 and it was so exciting and I remember that all the girls were standing up screaming on their chairs and I hadn't gotten to that point yet. I wasn't sure what that whole thing was, but I said to my mom, 'Can we stand up on our chairs and scream?' My mom said, 'Sure let's do that'. I was screaming for him before I even knew why I was screaming for him." Although Cher blames her nerves for not meeting Elvis, her mother Georgia Holt too played a role in keeping Cher from dating Elvis. Cher who was dating David Geffen at that time was allegedly told by her mother not to go on a date with Elvis. 

As it turns out, Elvis isn't the only celebrity Cher missed out on. In the same interview with Letterman, she also revealed that she regretted not meeting Marlon Brando. Cher eventually seems to have gotten over her nerves, for she went on to date a string of men including Tom Cruise, Gene Simmons, and even went on to marry Gregg Allman. After hearing about Cher and Elvis, we can't help but imagine the super couple they could have been.

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