In his regularly-performed song 'I Hate', Passenger wrote about music legend Cher - whom was featured as a "classic beauty" this week by Brit website 'Beauty World News' - "Keep your Hollywood stars, and their stupid cars, and the botox, that makes them looked f**ked. Just grow old with grace, have you seen Cher's face, it looks like it's been hit by a truck".
The track is featured on his first hit album (though fifth attempt) 'All The Lights Out' in 2012. About the attack on the 67-year-old songstress, the 29-year-old folk-rock singer - a genre that Cher championed in the 1960's - has since told music publication 'Rolling Stone' that he "was just in a terrible mood when he penned the lyrics in the back of a really hot bus whilst touring in Australia."
"It was just harmless p*ss-taking, reallly... Some people have gotten offended with that line. I have nothing against Cher. I think she's amazing. But it was funny!"
The one-hit wonder (2012's 'Let Her Go reached #2 in the UK and #6 in the US) told the music publication that "he doesn't want Cher to take the attack seriously", adding, "I think I may have upset Cher with the lyrics." Don't worry, Passenger - Cher most likely doesn't even know who you are.
Like many - if not most - Hollywood stars, Cher has had undergone cosmetic surgery. However, unlike most Hollywood stars, Cher has been very open and honest about the work she has had done ("Yes, I have had a facelift, but who hasn't?). Just last month, a fan tweeted to Cher, "My friends think that you've had tons of plastic surgery. I tell them that they're wrong!" The perennially-popular 'Believe' singer answered "Tons, no. Some, yes. So what?"
Quoted as having said "Everyone says that I am terrified of getting old but the truth is that in my job, becoming old and becoming extinct are one and the same", Cher clearly has a point. Her eternal-youthfulness - whether achieved through her strenuous near-daily exercise routines, use of high-end beauty products, her fantastic genes and/or her (often exaggerated) use of cosmetic surgery - has helped her defy the age expectations of female singers: achieving a major music comeback in her 40's; scoring her biggest hit single and becoming the oldest woman to reach #1 on the UK and US singles chart at 52 years old; achieving her highest solo chart position on the Billboard 200 at age 67; as well as becoming the oldest woman (again, 67 years old) to have a UK top 30 hit.
- 'Take It Like A Man' has slipped one place to #3 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart.
- 'Closer To The Truth' has re-entered the Canadian album chart at #27.
- Cher's son Elijah Allman will be interviewed on US's 'Entertainment Tonight' on 4 February.
- Cher now has 2-million followers on Twitter.