TODAY | July 01, 2013
>> with cher . for the first time in a decade she is about to release a new studio album and we sat down last night to talk about her life and her career.
>> do you think about the fact that you have been in this business now almost five decades.
>> would you think about that?
>> do you reflect on it?
>> but do you ever think that's it? for example, you went on tour in 2002 and you were saying that's it. that's the fair well tour.
>> is it the farewell tour ?
>> probably not.
>> in fact, at age 67, cher is out with new music, a new album out in september and debuted her new single woman's world on nbc's the voice.
>> you haven't performed live in how long?
>> four score and seven years ago.
>> was that nerve racking.
>> yeah it was frightening. i tried to explain this to my mother. she said sweetheart what's the matter? it's so easy and you have done it all your life.
>> this is how it goes. in three minutes i'm either the greatest reincarnation of myself or i'm get yourself to a home you're too old.
>> people loved you.
>> they loved your wig.
>> yes, well not everybody.
>> whatever that was.
>> my friends said it was my 4 h chicken. i thought it was beautiful. i'm not going to make any apologies for it. art is supposed to provoke conversation and it did what it was supposed to do.
>> you have something exciting to announce about the "today" show.
>> you announce it. i just heard it as i walk there had through the door.
>> i'll tell you, you're getting up very early in september.
>> are you a morning person.
>> no, we both know i'm not. i went into this business so i could work at night.
>> the show starts at 7:00 a.m .
>> i'm going to have to stay up all night. just roll in and make up and not pjs.
>> this is not something you have done before. anything we can provide? coffee, donuts.
>> a stretcher.
>> it's interesting because if you look at the arc of your career, there's a time when we feel like we're seeing you all the time --
>> then i go away.
>> you go away.
>> i'm too hot. i'm taking off my shoes.
>> i'm taking mine off too because they hurt.
>> it's too hot.
>> all right. so you kind of go away.
>> what happens during those periods.
>> i just goof off.
>> what does that mean?
>> i see my friends, go to the bahamas, i learn how to paddle board and go hiking, go to nepal, things.
>> is it about not being cher .
>> cher . it's very difficult to get away from her. she is such a horrendous bitch that follows me everywhere.
>> last night he head lined the gay pride celebration following a historic week for them everywhere.
>> what did you think about it.
>> i think it's amazing. it should never have been a law or anything. a thought. shouldn't have been a passing thought.
>> but you have been pretty open about adjusting to and getting used to your own daughter's transition and you have been open about how that wasn't that easy at first.
>> no it was really difficult because it's hard for like 40 something years to have this little girl and then all of a sudden, and you get used to it and my pronouns. i screw up with my pronouns. but chaz cuts me slack. i'm old.
>> you two are in a good place, though.
>> yeah, i'm crazy about him and we are getting along better i think than ever.
>> so you made a few headlines recently.
>> i did.
>> did you hear it?
>> you said that tom cruise was among.
>> yeah, i know that. i said it.
>> he was in the top 5 of your last lovers.
>> this only raises more questions.
>> well, it doesn't for me. i only care what i know. i only care what i have experienced and that's my experience.
>> well, i was just wondering, are we talking 5 or 1 or 3.
>> come on.
>> later if you want to know, okay but not now. no in the top 5 is enough.
>> is there anything interesting going on in your love life these days?
>> well, this is something have to say to you, the moment someone finds out about what's going on in my love life it's a nightmare. i have no privacy anyway, but i have no peace. have no privacy. it's difficult to keep an affair going. so i try to keep it down low as longs i can. so i'm not telling you.
>> she is so great right.
>> valiant effort savannah guthrie .
>> very nosey.
>> she was wearing her pjs. she said this is a morning show i'm wearing my pajamas.
>> but she is not wearing those in september.
>> no, we're so excited for her to perform on the plaza. we will remind you monday september 23rd , we're going to have a huge crowd. perhaps you should come tomorrow and camp out.
>> she will be legendary on the plaza. that's awesome.
>> she looks great and sounds great. looks like a lot of fun to hang out with.
>> she is a real charmer. totally unassuming. she has done everything and won every award and she is as nice as she can be.
>> if your cher , you can roll up to an interview in your pajamas, because your cher .
>> we didn't have cocktails later because i feel like i would have learned more.
>> we look forward to that