Cher Defends Chaz Bono - What's Cher Up to Now?

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Cher defends her child!

Controversy has been swirling in recent days after the announcement that Chaz Bono will appear on the newest season of ABC's hit dance competition "Dancing With the Stars." According to Access Hollywood, pop icon Cher took to Twitter to defend her transgender son against hate-filled internet comments.

We know that Cher is one fierce mamma, but what's going on with her career these days?

For much of the past three years, Cher has been performing at Caesar's Palace. She replaced singer Celine Dion, and was rumored to have earned around $60 million for the contract. The singer told ABC that she returned to the stage to stave off depression.

Back in November, Cher starred in the movie musical "Burlesque" with pop diva Christina Aguilera. Though the Cher, 65, once one an Academy Award for her acting in the film "Moonstruck," critics didn't love her performance in "Burlesque" nearly as much. Early this year, Cher was nominated for a Razzie award for the worst supporting actress that year. Other nominees included Liza Minnelli and Barbra Streisand, but Jessica Alba took home the dishonor.

Since the not-so-great reception to "Burlesque," Cher has laid low, wrapping her stint at Caesar's and gearing up to record a new album, her 26th. The first single on that album will most likely be a duet with Lady Gaga entitled "The Greatest Thing." Access Hollywood reports that even though Lady Gaga wrote the song, she expected in to be performed by Cher alone, and was thrilled when the pair ended up recording a duet. According to TV Guide, that single is set to release in September.

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