Is this Cher’s biggest fan?
The recent news that Cher was postponing a raft of US tour dates mightn’t have made too much of an impact in Europe, but spare a thought for Dublin Cher superfan Jan Donoghue, who we spoke to on Tuesday morning, when she was waiting to board a flight from Dublin to New York to see her idol play a now cancelled concert at Madison Square Garden.
“I used to go to sleep to her as a baby. It just grew into this obsession as I got older. My sister had the cassette of her greatest hits and it was The Shoop Shoop Song I used to fall asleep to. When I was seven or eight, I got into the movie side of Cher. I used to think I was Rachel Flax. I used to sing Fever into the mirror. All I wanted was the pink polka-dot dress – not the blue one, there’s a big difference. All I wanted was a relationship with Bob Hoskins.
“I went to see Cher in the Point Depot on May 8th, 2004, and I was absolutely fuming because it was four days before my Confirmation and I knew if the concert was on after my Confirmation I would have had money to buy the merchandise.
“I got a Cher tattoo (left) when I was 16 because I wanted my first tattoo to be something ‘deep and meaningful’.
“This is an absolute nightmare. I’m devastated, but sure what can you do? She keeps telling people to be patient on Twitter. We’re after getting invited to a brunch in New York for devastated Cher fans – the average age is about 60. The Cher fans on Twitter got on to us. So I’m really excited about that.”