Cher admits affair with Tom Cruise
Legendary singer Cher has admitted she enjoyed a fling with Tom Cruise – and revealed that she was ‘crazy about him’.
The star made the revelation in a recording of the Oprah show, to be aired next month, admitting that, if they hadn’t been forced apart by work schedules, their relationship could have been a ‘great big romance’.
The pair are thought to have met at a White House fund-raising event in the Eighties, when 23-year-old Tom’s star was in its ascendancy, and he was enjoying the limelight his first hit film, Risky Business, had brought upon him.
Cher, meanwhile, was 39 and had enjoyed nearly two decades of fame and success.
In the show, Cher describes Tom as an awkward young man, who struggled to fit in at school.
She told Oprah: ‘He was shy. He said he felt like such a boob in school and nobody talked to him. We went on a date once for dinner in a New York restaurant and the waitress was from his old school.
He told me she never talked to him back in school, but now he was recognised he got all her attention.’
She added: ‘It could have been a great big romance because I was crazy for him.’
The crowd burst into whoops and cheers when she described one particularly ‘long night’ spent in his arms.
They are thought to have dated for a several months, but the affair came to an end when Cruise met Mimi Rogers, who was six years his senior, and who became his first wife. Cruise separated from Rogers after three years in 1990.
He went on to marry Nicole Kidman the same year, and stayed with her for 11 years until 2001.
He married third wife Katie Holmes in 2006.
Cher has been married twice. Her marriage to Sonny Bono ended after 11 years while her second to rock star Gregg Allman lasted a paltry nine days.
She told Oprah Winfrey she was currently single, and that she broke up with her last serious boyfriend, actor Rob Camilletti, nearly 15 years ago.
‘Dating is a strange thing,’ she declared. ‘It’s not every man who can be comfortable with me. Being Cher is a hard thing and difficult for him to hold his place.’