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Dominique Hines

Cher, 76, and boyfriend Alexander Edwards, 37, ‘defiantly’ kiss for red carpet debut

Cher proudly showed off her romance with boyfriend Alexander Edwards at the star-studded Versace Fall-Winter 2023 Fashion Show amid backlash over their significant age gap.

The 76-year-old singer and the music executive, 37, made their official red carpet debut as a couple at the West Hollywood event on Thursday.

The pair were all smiles and at one point shared a defiant kiss in front of the flashing cameras.

Cher and Edwards first sparked romance rumours when they were first spotted holding hands last November.

They confirmed their relationship shortly after, amid backlash and mockery online over the 39-year age difference.

The pair sealed it with a kiss in front of photographers (AFP via Getty Images)

Many fans had questioned Edwards’ motives for being with the much older star and Cher had been ridiculed for falling for someone 39 years her junior.

Addressing the criticism, Cher tweeted in November: “On paper, this looks strange, even to me. But A.E [Edwards] doesn’t know maths." ,

She also tweeted: “I’m not defending us. Haters are gonna hate… Doesn’t matter. Not bothering anyone."

When a fan expressed concern regarding Edwards’ “intentions” towards the icon, she hit back: “As we all Know…

“I wasn’t born yesterday and what I know for sure there are no guarantees. Anytime you make a choice, you take a chance. I’ve always taken chances. It’s WHO I am."

The couple, who were at the Versace Fall-Winter 2023 collection fashion show in Los Angeles, have hit back at criticism over their huge age gap (AFP via Getty Images)

She also wrote to another follower: “Love doesn’t know math. It sees."

She also admitted on The Kelly Clarkson Show in December, “Well, on paper, it’s kind of ridiculous, but in real life, we get along great.

“He’s fabulous, and I don’t give men qualities that they don’t deserve, you know?

“But he’s very, very kind, he’s very smart, he’s very talented, and he’s really funny. And I think he’s quite handsome."

The Believe singer’s red carpet appearance with Edwards followed news that the pair have taken their relationship up a level by recently meeting each other’s family members.

Edwards, who recently confirmed he is working on new music with Cher, revealed that he’s met the star’s sons Chaz Bono, 54, and Elijah Blue Allman, 46, calling them “my guys".

He added that Cher is “amazing" with his son, Slash Electric, three, whom he shares with ex-girlfriend, Amber Rose, 39.

When asked what made him fall in love with the singing sensation, he replied: “Just Cher being Cher."

The pair have met each others children as they take thoer relationship to the next level (REUTERS)

Edwards and Rose split in 2021 after she accused him of cheating with 12 women, which he later admitted to.

However the two have an amicable co-parenting relationship.

Cher has dated a string of famous men, including Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer and Hollywood legend Warren Beatty at age 16 when he was 25.

She also famously married musician, and collaborator, Sonny Bono, who had been unfaithful to her during their marriage.

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