The iconic singer and actress, Cher, has always been a trailblazer, both in her professional and personal life. Recently, her romantic relationship with Alexander "A.E." Edwards, a music producer 40 years her junior, has captured the public's attention. The duo's unexpected pairing has not only sparked headlines but also offered a refreshing perspective on love, age, and relationships in the limelight.

Cher, at 77, and Edwards, 37, first crossed paths in November 2022. Their initial meeting was brief, occurring during the Paris Fashion Week. However, fate had other plans. A mutual friend, in a bold move, shared Cher's phone number with Edwards. This decision, which Cher found surprising given her guarded privacy, set the stage for their budding romance. "It was really shocking, because people just don’t give out my number," Cher remarked. Despite her initial reservations about dating younger men, she found herself drawn to Edwards. "Alexander’s got diamond teeth, tattoos, white hair, and he’s way younger. He’s a beautiful man," she gushed.

The age difference, while notable, hasn't deterred the couple. Cher candidly shared her initial apprehensions, admitting, "I had been telling all my friends, ‘We’re too old to go out with really younger men, and I will never fall in love on text.’ So, I did what I said not to do!" Yet, Edwards' unique charm and personality made her reconsider. Describing him as "special," Cher emphasized the joy and laughter he brings into her life. "No matter what happens, I love being with him. He makes me laugh, and we have fun," she expressed.

Beyond their personal connection, Cher and Edwards have also collaborated professionally. Edwards, a talented producer, worked on "Drop Top Sleigh Ride," a track from Cher's new holiday album. Entrusting him with the song was a leap of faith for Cher, but she was thrilled with the outcome. "That's a hard thing to do when you are in love with someone and then you say, 'OK, here, take this record and do what you want with it.' But I had faith. And I was so thrilled," she shared.

While their relationship has faced its share of challenges, including a brief split, the couple remains resilient. Cher's perspective on their bond is both pragmatic and optimistic. "If you have happiness, you can’t think about how long it’s going to last," she reflected. "You have to think about ‘How does it feel?’ and live in the moment."

In an exclusive interview with People, Cher further delved into her relationship with Edwards, emphasizing that it's "never too late" to find love. Their story serves as a testament to the timeless nature of love, transcending societal norms and expectations.