The Real Reason Cher Gets Tested For COVID-19 'All The Time'

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage and, thankfully, our beloved celebrities are proving it's cool to wear masks and even cooler to take social distancing seriously. When it comes to certain legends like Dolly Parton, they're even going the extra mile by funding the research for an actual vaccine, even if the diminutive diva learned she'd done so around the same time the rest of the world did.

Vulture has been keeping track of all the stars who have fallen victim to the virus, and it makes for sobering reading (Tom Hanks hit particularly hard). However, if there's one name you can expect to stay off that list, it's the incomparable Cher. The icon is speaking out to let everybody know how important it is to stay vigilant during this health crisis. As she sees it, leading by example is hugely important, particularly for those at risk, just like her.

Cher is keeping herself and her loved ones safe

In an interview with People, Cher revealed, "I get tested [for COVID] all the time," primarily because her 93-year-old mother is at risk. The inimitable diva saw her recent concert tour cut short due to the pandemic, so she knows being careful is paramount. "We have a little bubble that we've had all this time," she explained of the setup at home. Cher continued, "We wear masks, and there's not very many of us. It's my sister, my brother-in-law, my mom, my assistant. And we stay far apart from each other."

However, the iconic actress and singer noted she has to be cautious for her own sake too, "because I have asthma, I'm 74, and I have different health problems." In what has no doubt been a difficult year for everybody, Cher has stayed remarkably busy, recording a song in support of Joe Biden's presidential campaign, helping to rescue elephants with her nonprofit Free the Wild and even voicing a toy version of herself in kids' film Bobbleheads: The Movie.

Although she didn't anticipate being so busy without touring, Cher advised, "I have a saying. 'Stand and be counted, or sit and be nothing.' And so, as the things came my way, you do what comes your way."