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Cher has decided to cancel the remainder of her Dressed to Kill tour after doctors advised she needed more time to recover from an ongoing viral infection.

Cher, 68, said she was “devastated”.

“Nothing like this has ever happened to me,” the singer said in a statement.


“I sincerely hope that we can come back again next year and finish what we started,” she added.

A total of 29 dates were cancelled, including shows in New York, Boston, Chicago and Toronto.

Cher began her D2K tour in March, with a scheduled break in July.

Opening to rave reviews, the initial run of 49 sell-out shows made a reported $54.9 million, putting Cher on course to have one of the highest-grossing tours of the year.

The second leg of the tour was due to kick off in New York on September 11, but was postponed after Cher was “felled by an infection that affected her kidney function”.

On November, Cher announced “with enormous regret” the cancellation of all remaining dates.

“While her progress has been consistent, Cher’s doctors have advised her to take more time to ensure and complete and total recovery,” said the announcement on Cher’s official website.

“I cannot apologize enough to all the fans who bought tickets,” Cher said, in her statement.

“I’m so proud of this show. It is my best ever.”

Cher tweeted: “I’m SORRY I Couldn’t B the 1 to tell you about postponing my tour. I Tried SO HARD 2b Strong enough, but my Will couldn’t force my Body time.”

A later tweet referred to the “gut-wrenching sadness of not being able to go on stage”.

Earlier this year, Cher insisted D2K was her final tour. It came nearly a decade after her previous swansong, the Living Proof Farewell tour, in 2005.

Refunds for tickets to the cancelled shows will be available at the point of purchase.

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Cher’s latest tour, Dressed To Kill, is on course to become the highest-grossing tour, so far, of 2014.

The tour has made a reported $54.9 million during its first leg, which ended last weekend, according to Billboard Boxscore.

Dressed To Kill is Cher’s first tour since her Living Proof Farewell tour, which ended in 2005 after playing 325 shows around the world over three years.

The second leg of the current tour kicks off in New York on September 11.

Cher's latest tour, Dressed To Kill, is on course to become the highest-grossing tour, so far, of 2014

Cher’s latest tour, Dressed To Kill, is on course to become the highest-grossing tour, so far, of 2014 (photo tour.cher.com)

So far Cher has played 49 sell-out shows across the US, to more than 610,000 fans. Tickets are priced between $61-$560.

A show in Las Vegas on May 25 at MGM’s Grand Garden Arena has proved the most lucrative venue, earning $1.75 million.

Cher, 68, has insisted it is her final tour, nearly a decade on from her previous swansong tour.

“I’m never going to come back, I swear to God,” she said, ahead of a gig at Los Angeles’ Staples Center last week.

“What’s your granny doing tonight?” she added.

The tour marries extravagant reprisals of classic hits such as Believe and If I Could Turn Back Time with more contemporary tracks from her most recent album, Closer to the Truth.

Bon Jovi had the biggest international music tour of the year in 2013, playing to more than two million fans during 90 sell-out shows and grossing $205 million.

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According to new reports, Cher and Bruce Jenner, who have been “friend since the ’70s”, recently started “texting and talking nonstop” and have “grown extremely close.”

Bruce Jenner reportedly found life after love thanks to Cher

Bruce Jenner reportedly found life after love thanks to Cher

This is supposedly “irking” Kris Jenner that her estranged husband is “finding life after love – thanks to Cher”, In Touch magazine reported.

According to the publication, Kris Jenner “hasn’t completely given up on her marriage to Bruce yet, so she sees Cher as a threat”.

However, Cher’s rep tells Gossip Cop that she “doesn’t even know Bruce Jenner”.

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During a Facebook Q&A session with Cher last week, fans asked all about the singer’s past, including her personal life and her marriage to the late Sonny Bono.

Sonny Bono died in a skiing accident in 1998 after the couple had divorced.

Sonny Bono died in a skiing accident in 1998 after he and Cher had divorced

Sonny Bono died in a skiing accident in 1998 after he and Cher had divorced

Cher was asked: “… if Sonny Bono were still alive today, but you only had a minute to talk to him, what would you say.”

The singer quipped: “How hot is it where you just came from?”

Cher has openly discussed Sonny Bono’s alleged affairs, once telling Parade magazine that having “even five” women on the side “was not enough for him,” and that when she announced she was leaving, he told her: “If you leave me, America will hate you and you won’t have a job.”

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Cher was very angry and launched a foul-mouthed rant on Twitter on Tuesday night after a song Lady Gaga wrote for her new album was leaked online.

Cher, 67, was left incensed when new track The Greatest Thing, which Lady Gaga wrote and RedOne produced for the veteran singer’s new album, found its way online.

After discovering the leak, Cher wrote on Twitter: “Just heard TGT ! F**K ! IT’S NOT EVEN THE RIGHT F***ING VERSION!!!

“WHY DO PPL THINK THIS KINDA LEAKING S**T IS OK ! I’m so Fg DISSAPOINTED.”

Cher later added: “Disappointed ( Ive Sat on fkng song 4 over a yr )NOW SOME A**HOLE LEAKS WRONG VERSION ! GaGa’s SINGLE IS GREAT, & THAT’S ALL THAT MATTERS.”

Cher was very angry and launched a foul-mouthed rant on Twitter after a song Lady Gaga wrote for her new album was leaked online

Cher was very angry and launched a foul-mouthed rant on Twitter after a song Lady Gaga wrote for her new album was leaked online

While Lady Gaga was also undoubtedly unimpressed by the early leak, she did take to Twitter later in the day to thank Cher for having her back.

In a message re-tweeted by Cher, Lady Gaga wrote: “I love you @cher ! Thank you for the support, you’re the greatest thing!”

Speaking recently about her upcoming album, Cher compared it to one of her biggest hit records – 1998’s Believe.

She said: “It’s about being fabulous. Truthfully, I’m not a huge Cher fan and I’ve said this many times, but I think this is the best album I’ve ever done.

“The songs are so brilliant. I got so lucky. The closest thing to this album I think is the Believe album.”

Meanwhile, it’s been a less than successful week for Lady Gaga when it comes to her tracks being leaked.

On Monday she was forced to release her new single Applause a whole week before its intended premiere after it was leaked online.

Declaring a “POP MUSIC EMERGENCY”, Lady Gaga decided to beat the leakers and release the track to fans early.

And Cher was on hand to offer Lady Gaga some much-needed support as she struggled to contain her frustration over the leak.

Cher said: “She Doesn’t Like It! Shes an ARTIST… Its Her Song, Her Voice, Her Choice.”

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Chaz Bono’s recent effort to lose weight and tone up has paid off as he’s been showing off a slimmer figure over the last couple of months.

Wearing a pair of bright red sports shorts, Chaz Bono, 44, looked like he was enjoying a casual day which involved a spot of shopping.

Chaz Bono’s recent effort to lose weight and tone up has paid off as he’s been showing off a slimmer figure over the last couple of months

Chaz Bono’s recent effort to lose weight and tone up has paid off as he’s been showing off a slimmer figure over the last couple of months

As he retrieved a number of shopping bags from his car without his top on, his tattooed torso could be seen as well as the scars on his chest.

The only child of music legends Sonny and Cher, Chaz Bono was spotted earlier this year looking slightly worse for wear after suffering injuries whilst shedding 60 lbs of weight.

However, with the injuries behind him the Dancing With The Stars contestant certainly has managed to keep off the weight.

This has no doubt been helped by him starring in a 30 minute musical adaptation of Independence Day alongside Brooke Seguin, that certainly keeps him on his toes.

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Chaz Bono has lost 60 lbs after announcing his intention to drop 50 lbs in weight in November.

After his announcement, Chaz Bono showed off a slimmer physique in February on an episode of The Doctors with Dr. Travis Stork.

Chaz Bono started off weighing 250lbs.

He appeared to be keeping the weight off in a recent photo with his famous mother Cher.

Meanwhile new reports claim the two are barely speaking because Cher has had a hard time dealing with Chaz’s dramatic transformation from her shy, pigtailed girl to a muscular man.

Cher Chaz Bono, who was born daughter Chastity, have agreed to a take a “personal time-out”.

Chaz Bono has lost 60 lbs after announcing his intention to drop 50 lbs in weight in November

Chaz Bono has lost 60 lbs after announcing his intention to drop 50 lbs in weight in November

“Cher loves Chaz to death, but she stopped talking to him because they just don’t see eye to eye on the very public way he’s continued to deal with his transformation,” a source told RadarOnline.

“She’s really at peace with the transgendered aspect it’s just that she still sees Chaz as her little girl and the dramatic physical changes are really hard on her.”

Cher even joked that Chaz was reminding her too much of her late husband Sonny Bono and their stormy romance.

Chaz is said to have agreed to the break.

There were no signs of friction between Chaz Bono and Cher in a photo that Chaz tweeted on April 7 showing them smiling side-by-side.

The simple tweet read: “Here is a recent photo of my mom and I.”

Cher and Sonny Bono starred in the popular mid-1970s show The Sonny & Cher Show on CBS and young daughter Chastity, now Chaz, made frequent appearances.

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Chaz Bono looked much leaner touching down in New Orleans over the weekend as he is now down a total of 60 lbs.

Chaz Bono, 44, is still slowly losing weight as he told People magazine last week.

Chaz Bono looked much leaner touching down in New Orleans over the weekend as he is now down a total of 60 lbs

Chaz Bono looked much leaner touching down in New Orleans over the weekend as he is now down a total of 60 lbs

The only child of star Cher still takes dance classes and has added martial arts training to his exercise regime.

He has transformed his diet too, saying: “I’ve just changed the way I eat. Diets don’t work. You just have to change what you eat, and I have.”

Chaz Bono initially used Freshology delivered-meal but now prepares food himself, saying: “I cook a lot of different stuff.

“I really avoid grains and starches, so meats and vegetables and fruits are my diet. I make them all different ways to keep it interesting.”

Chaz Bono is thought to be still single after calling off his engagement with fiancée, Jennifer Elia, after 12 years together in December 2011.

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Almost 500,000 people have signed an online petition requesting that Macy’s ends it association with Donald Trump.

Macy’s, which exclusively sells Donald Trump’s clothing line and fragrance, has also made him central to its just launched Christmas advertising campaign.

The petition at SignOn.org says Macy’s should break with Donald Trump because of his “especially unpleasant, nasty and despicable behavior”.

“Donald Trump does not reflect the <<magic of Macy’s>>. We urge you to sever ties with him,” the petition reads.

Cher is amongst those who has signed the petition. She has called Donald Trump a “loudmouth, racist cretin” over his criticism of Barack Obama.

“I’ll NEVER GO TO MACY’S AGAIN! I didn’t know they sold Donald Trump’s Line!” she wrote on Twitter.

Donald Trump had yet to personally addressed the petition on his Twitter feed, but made a point of tweeting about his Macy’s-stocked clothing line and fragrance.

“My fragrance – <<Success>> – is flying off the shelves @Macys. The perfect Christmas gift!” he wrote.

Yesterday he posted: “Just saw my new line of shirts, ties & suits @Macys – they are fantastic! Would make great holiday presents!”

Macy’s, which exclusively sells Donald Trump’s clothing line and fragrance, has also made him central to its just launched Christmas advertising campaign

Macy’s, which exclusively sells Donald Trump’s clothing line and fragrance, has also made him central to its just launched Christmas advertising campaign

The petition was created by Angelo Carusone, who has previously campaigned against Glenn Beck.

The homepage for the petition cites several examples of Donald Trump’s “despicable behavior”, including his “sexist” comments about women, his denial of climate change and his hypocrisy by manufacturing his own clothes in China but criticizing others for sending jobs abroad.

Donald Trump is also notorious for long promoting the discredited conspiracy theory that President Obama was not born in the United States.

Prior to last week’s presidential election, Donald Trump raised the issue once again and issued an ultimatum to Barack Obama, claiming that he would donate $5 million to charity if the President released his college records and passport application.

On election night itself, Trump tweeted that the final result was “a travesty, a total sham, a disgusting injustice” and “urged Americans to march on Washington”.

Macy’s new holiday ad, which spoofs “Miracle on 34th Street”, makes light of Donald Trump’s support of the so-called “birther” movement.

Assuming the role of the skeptic, Donald Trump yanks on Santa’s beard after asking: “What’s with the get-up, Kris?”

The commercial ends with Santa Claus saying to Donald Trump: “If I can win you over, there’s still hope.”

Donald Trump’s spokesman Michael Cohen has expressed confidence in the strength of his client’s relationship with the retailer.

“Mr. Trump is important to Macy’s, both as a brand and as an endorser. His ties, shirts, cufflinks, fragrances and other merchandise are top-selling items across the country – in particular Mr. Trump’s ties are the number one selling ties at Macy’s,” he told The Daily News.

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Chaz Bono has performed last night at Dancing With The Stars being watched by his mother, Cher, who was for the first time in the show audience.

The proud mother, Cher, broke down in tears as she watching her son Chaz Bono, 40, comes out fighting to dance the Paso Doble with his partner Lacey Schwimmer to the Rocky theme song.

“OMG! I WAS CRYING ! WASNT EXPECTING 2 B SO NERVOUS ! BROKE MY BRACELET CLAPPING ! IM SO PROUD !! CHAZ WAS GREAT! LOVED DAVID ARQUETTE 2nd,” Cher tweeted on her page after the show.

Not only Cher was impressed with Chaz Bono’s performance, the judges also gave him straight seven’s across the board during music from the Rocky movie.

Chaz Bono and partner Lacey Schwimmer during Paso Doblo last night

Chaz Bono and partner Lacey Schwimmer during Paso Doblo last night

Judge Bruno Tonioli said: “In the true spirit of Rocky, no matter how many knocks you take, you keep coming back, you keep fighting and you keep getting stronger.”

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba agreed and said of Chaz Bono’ performance:

“I’m trying to figure out why I’m crying. It’s like, I watch you and somehow you get under my skin and you make me root for you.

“Your true courage and the way you get out there…I was like, go! Go! Go!”

Chaz Bono’s performance was achieved with the help of the exercise guru Richard Simmons.

Richard Simmons coached Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer dressed in a gold glitter

Richard Simmons coached Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer dressed in a gold glitter

Immediately after the show, Chaz Bono wrote on his Twitter account: “Amazing, Amazing Night!! Thank you so much for supporting me on this journey. #DWTS#.”

Last night, David Arquette, 40, and partner Kym Johnson also danced the Paso Doble, but they chose to do so to the Raiders of the Lost Ark theme song.

David Arquette and Kym Johnson scored a 23 for the dramatic dance. In true Indiana Jones style, David Arquette swung onto the dance floor on a rope.

David Arquette’ seven-year-old daughter, Coco, ex-wife Courteney Cox, and his sister Patricia were all in the audience to cheer him on.

Chynna Philips and partner Tony Dovolani tangoed to the theme song from Mission: Impossible in what should have been an impressive dance, but she scored only 21.

Carson Kressley, the fashion expert, was a fan favourite with his hilarious pirate costume and sword fighting dance-off, but the judges had issues with his performance.

Carson Kressley, 41, and partner Anna Trebunskaya danced the Viennese Waltz from Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.

Judge Len Goodman said about their performance:

“Like childbirth – terrible while it’s happening, and a joy when it’s over. No quality of movement…but it was great fun. If I was at home, I’d be phoning for you.”

The talk show host Nancy Grace, 51, and her partner Tristan MacManus performed the Paso Doble to the theme song from Flash Gordon.

Nancy Grace dance scored 21.

Soccer star Hope Solo and partner Chmerkovskiy performance of You’ve Got A Friend from Toy Story was utterly adorable and had a high score of 24.

Rob Kardashian played Clark Kent role as he and partner Cheryl Burke danced a dramatic Paso Doble to the theme song from Superman.

DWTS insiders said that Ricki Lake and partner Derek Hough are the team to beat, but the 43-year-old talk show host doesn’t agree.

She seemed to have problems in rehearsals, saying that she felt a ‘tremendous amount of pressure’ and expressing her desire to quit.

When Ricki and Derek danced to the theme song from Psycho, they received a standing ovation and scored 29, the highest score of the night.

Following Monday night’s announcement of the Dancing With The Stars celebrity cast and the subsequent partner pairing announcement on Wednesday, the internet has exploded over the inclusion of Chaz Bono for the show’s 13th season.

The issue at hand is the fact that Chaz Bono used to be Chastity Bono, famous daughter of Sonny and Cher. Over the last few years, Chaz Bono has taken the steps to transition from a woman to a man – culminating in gender reassignment surgery last May.

Chaz Bono is the first transgendered contestant that has ever been on the show. He has been paired with professional dancer Lacey Schwimmer.

Cher has criticized the "stupid bigots" who have attacked the casting of her transgender son on US show Dancing With The Stars

Cher has criticized the "stupid bigots" who have attacked the casting of her transgender son on US show Dancing With The Stars

Chaz’s upcoming appearance on the beloved reality show has drawn both harsh criticism as well as inspired defenses. Chaz’s mother, pop icon Cher, took to Twitter to express her thoughts on those attacking Chaz across the internet.

Cher has criticized the “stupid bigots” who have attacked the casting of her transgender son on US show Dancing With The Stars.

“Chaz is being viciously attacked on blogs and messageboards about being on DWTS!” Cher said via her Twitter page.

Cher also urged fans to pledge their support for Bono on other social media sites.

“I support him no matter what he chooses to do. It took courage to do DWTS!”

She added that “mothers don’t stop getting angry with stupid bigots” who hurt their children, but said she was sure the “vast majority of people will love Chaz” on the show.

Chaz Bono replied to the comments on his Twitter page saying:

“Thanks for all your support mom. The haters are just motivating me to work harder and stay on DWTS as long as I possibly can.”

Chaz Bono, 42, has been the target of online jokes and hate messages since Monday’s announcement that he would be taking part in the new series of Dancing with the Stars, which begins on 19 September.

Some fans have said they will no longer watch the show – which is one of the most popular programmes in the US – while he is a contestant, while some conservative groups have called for a boycott.

Dan Gainor, of the Culture and Media Institute, called Chaz Bono’s casting “a ridiculous, agenda-driven move” by the show’s producers.

“This is the latest example of the networks trying to push a sexual agenda on American families,” he said.

However, Dancing With The Stars’ executive producer Conrad Green said viewers should watch the new series before passing judgment.

He added the show had no agenda other than entertainment and was seeking to represent a range of people.

“I hope that a lot of the people who appear to be upset at the moment will give him a chance and maybe realise it’s not quite as bad as they think,” he said, in an interview with AP.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation praised the casting of both Bono and gay TV stylist Carson Kressley on the show, calling it “a primetime first.”

“Chaz Bono joining the cast of a series like Dancing with the Stars is a tremendous step forward for the public to recognise that transgender people are another wonderful part of the fabric of American culture,” Herndon Graddick, senior director of programmes, said.