Diane Warren Reveals Cher's Reaction to 'If I Could Turn Back Time': 'F--- You, Bitch!'
Warren says she forced the singer to record the song, which would become a hit: "I held her leg down during a session and said, 'You have to record it!' "
This story first appeared in the July 25 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Although it seemed like most audience members at Cher's July 7 Staples Center show on her Dressed 2 Kill tour were singing along, one, Diane Warren, actually wrote many of the hits.
Cher performed Warren's "If I Could Turn Back Time" and "Just Like Jesse James" (co-written with Desmond Child). Before the latter, Warren heard Cher give her usual disclaimer of never really liking it.
"But she's got the wrong song!" Warren tells THR. "The song she really hated was 'If I Could Turn Back Time,' but I held her leg down during a session and said, 'You have to record it!' "
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Cher's response, according to Warren? "F— you, bitch! You're hurting my leg! OK, I'll try it." Once Cher sang it, "She gave me this look like, 'You were right.' "
Meanwhile, "If you look at Cher's song history, she's not always the best judge of her own material. I mean, she hated 'I Got You Babe.' "