Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon and Cher have a lot in common.
They're hilariously outspoken, they're both Twitter icons, and they both came together this month, in Rippon's honor. Rippon is one of this year's Time 100, and Cher wrote a tribute to him as a result. Rippon, for the record, is still in disbelief.
“As soon as I realized Cher wrote my piece, I read it on my phone and closed it and then threw it across the room because I couldn’t believe that Cher had written my introduction," Rippon told InStyle at the Time 100 Gala on Tuesday night. "It’s insane.”
As it turns out, Rippon feels a kind of kinship with the legendary singer.
“I love that Cher speaks in mostly emojis, which really touches me personally, but what she said and what she wrote is just so unbelievably kind," Rippon added. "I still can’t believe it, I can’t even believe that I’m here tonight.”
He'd better start believing it, because Cher sure does.
"Adam is a skater who happens to be gay, and that represents something wonderful to young people," Cher wrote in her piece about Rippon.
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"When I was young, I had no role models—everyone looked like Sandra Dee and Doris Day. There was nobody who made me think, Oh, I could be like them. They represent me. Adam shows people that if you put blood, sweat and tears into what you’re doing, you can achieve something that’s special. You can be special. And I think that’s very brave."