Cher Felt Suicidal With Sonny Bono
Cher has admitted her marriage to womanising and controlling Sony Bono left her feeling suicidal.
Cher considered suicide because she was so unhappy in her marriage to Sonny Bono.
The legendary singer - who married her musical partner in 1964 - struggled to cope with her partner's womanising ways and controlling attitude, and now accepts they should never have wed.
She said: "He didn't want me to grow up or have any freedom. I wasn't allowed to do anything except work. We worked more than we lived.
"Stardom made Sonny a huge womaniser. One woman, or even five, was not enough for him. I found all this out afterward. I asked him, 'How did you manage the logistics?' I was trusting and faithful with him. The truth is, I'm not so sure we should've ever been husband and wife.
"I thought about jumping off a hotel balcony. Then I thought, 'No, I can just leave him.' "
Though Cher was miserable in her marriage to Sonny - who died in a skiing accident in 1998 - the 64-year-old star has now found happiness with 52-year-old Ron Zimmerman - though the screenwriter initially thought she was a prostitute when they first made contact with one another on social networking website Facebook a year ago.
She explained to Parade magazine: "A girlfriend of mine knew him. He wrote her this funny stuff. So then Ron and I started writing to each other on Facebook. He thought that I was a Cher impersonator or a hooker - it never occurred to him that it was actually me.
"We played verbal volleyball for about a month until he called my friend and asked who I really was. She went, 'It's Cher.' Ron flipped out. Then we talked on the phone. I said, 'Why don't you come over and we'll meet? If I don't like you or you don't like me, you can just go home.' And that's how we met."
The 'Burlesque' star has previously dated a string of famous men including Warren Beatty, Val Kilmer, Tom Cruise and Richie Sambora and insists she has no relationship regrets.
She said: "I enjoyed them all. I never felt I chose badly, and I was always happy when the next man came along. I can usually last about two years with a man, and that's it. The moment the relationship goes into the phase of more commitment, it changes."