Even after several of Cher's 'Dressed To Kill' tour dates were postponed this fall due to the performer's health, the star's touring ensemble and crew expected to be back on the road before Thanksgiving.
Cher, 68, who'd been struggling to recover from a virus that strained her kidneys and heart, sounded as upbeat and tough as ever: "I'm trying SO HARD to get strong enough to kick butt onstage. I'm doing WELL!," she tweeted on Oct. 4. "Can't WAIT TO WEAR NEW COSTUMES!"
I’m trying SO HARD To Get Strong enough to kick butt on stage. I’m doing WELL !! Can’t WAIT TO WEAR NEW COSTUMES !— Cher (@cher) October 5, 2014
So it was a complete shock when her team learned on Nov. 20 that all remaining 29 dates — scheduled through February 2015 — of Cher's tour were canceled.
"Everyone who works with her found out like everyone else, through the media," a tour insider confides to 'Closer.' "No one really knows what's going on with her health. She [seemed] fine during the last shows."
But Cher isn't fine — and the doctors treating her have told her in no uncertain terms that she can't return to her tour.
Cher onstage in March 2014. (Photo Credit: Getty)
"Even with the best doctors and specialists money can buy, her health seems to have gotten worse, not better," says a confidante. "She's putting on a brave front for her fans, but she's terrified."
One of Cher's pals, Tina Sinatra, exclusively tells 'Closer' that she wishes Cher would go easy on herself. "I think she may have taken on a bit much," she says. "She'll take a rest and come back after the first of the year."
If the legendary star can return to her tour once again, nothing would make Cher — or her fans — happier.
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