The American superstar and gay icon has turned down opportunities linked with the Sochi Winter Olympics.

In an interview with Macleans.ca the Believe singer said that she had been asked by an unnamed Russian oligarch to be an ambassador for the Olympics.”I can’t name names but my friend called who is a big oligarch over.

“I can’t name names but my friend called who is a big oligarch over there, and asked me if I’d like to be an ambassador for the Olympics and open the show. I immediately said no. I want to know why all of this gay hate just exploded over there. He said the Russian people don’t feel the way the government does.”

Cher’s new album ‘Closer To The Truth’ is due to be released on October 14th 2013

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