Pop superstar Cher has hit out at former pal MICHAEL JACKSON - because she hates the way he treats his children.

The BELIEVE singer has slammed Jackson for wrapping his kids up in blankets, and describes the eccentric THRILLER star as "nuts".

She says, "I don't really care what he does to his face. He could just erase it as far as I'm concerned. But I don't like him anymore. And it's because of his children. I cannot imagine putting my children through what he put his children through."

Although Cher once considered Jackson a great talent, she admits she's been turned off the singer by all the negative publicity about him, especially in the aftermath of controversial documentary LIVING WITH MICHAEL JACKSON - in which he confessed to sharing his bed with other people's children.

The legendary songstress was also shocked by his behaviour when she bumped into him at an anniversary show in America last year (02).

She continues, "He had this child rolled up in a blanket, and I was thinking, 'What kind of life is this?'

"Then I saw the recent documentary on him, and I thought, 'This guy is nuts. He shouldn't have these children. As an artist, I can't fault his art because he was brilliant. I wouldn't buy anything now."