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FAD­ING pop icon Cher is liv­ing like a recluse be­hind the walls of her mas­sive Mal­ibu com­pound, claimed pals who are wor­ried about the well-be­ing of the soli­tary su­per­star.

“She’s al­ways been a pri­vate per­son, but now she’s verg­ing on ago­ra­pho­bic,” spilled an in­sider.

Fears for the “If I Could

Turn Back Time” singer, 74, ex­ploded when she tweeted she was “very sick” and too un­der the weather to at­tend protests over the death of Min­nesota man Ge­orge Floyd, who died on May 25 in po­lice cus­tody.

On June 6, she tweeted, “It’s killing me that I’m not out in the street protest­ing at this piv­otal time in his­tory … have been very sick.”

The song­bird has bat­tled the in­cur­able and en­ergy-sap­ping Ep­stein-Barr virus since the 1980s and is re­port­edly strug­gling to breathe and

fear­ing ex­po­sure to the coro­n­avirus! “She rarely even leaves the house be­cause she’s deathly afraid of catch­ing the virus or an­other disease,” the source snitched. “The only place she used to feel com­fort­able was on a stage, but even that is out of the ques­tion now.”

Cher can­celed four

Las Ve­gas con­certs in Fe­bru­ary — well be­fore the pan­demic rocked the

U.S. — due to an up­per­res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tion.

“I’m as sick as I can re­mem­ber be­ing in a long time,” Cher wrote to her fans on Twit­ter.

“Doc­tors have given me ev­ery cold, flu, virus med known to man.”

In 2014, the “Gyp­sies, Tramps and Thieves” star was forced to can­cel sev­eral shows on her Dressed to Kill tour — and even had to wear a heart mon­i­tor!

Af­ter a lot of bed rest and medicine, sources claimed Cher has re­cov­ered from her re­cent bout of ill­ness.

But she’s still act­ing like an in­valid and has told friends “she feels un­well, list­less and tired a lot of the time,”

“She sleeps un­til noon and shuns the sun, even though her home is lo­cated on a prime stretch of ocean­front prop­erty,” the in­sider dished. “She keeps the cur­tains and blinds closed, lets the trees go untrimmed and shuts her­self away for weeks and months at a time! mind!”

Sources said Cher, who did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment, has told pals she’s been out of the lime­light for so long she fears she’s lost her rel­e­vance in the mod­ern world and spends her time dwelling on her glory days!

“She acts a bit like Norma

Des­mond from ‘Sun­set Boule­vard!’ ” an in­sider dished. “She’ll prance around the house telling the help about her old ro­man­tic con­quests and days as a box of­fice block­buster!

“It all seems a bit de­tached from re­al­ity. Ev­ery­one is urg­ing her to get back out into the pub­lic eye and start liv­ing again!”

The singer hides in her Mal­ibu man­sion for weeks at a time, in­sid­ers spilled Cher tweeted she was too sick to go out and protest Cher wor­ries she isn’t rel­e­vant any­more, sources said

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