Adam Rippon has had many achievements this year including helping Team USA win bronze at the Winter Olympics, getting a shout out from Britney Spears and earning a spot in the cast of the upcoming season of “Dancing with the Stars.”
Now, the 28-year-old Olympic figure skater can add a note of approval from Cher to the list.
Rippon was included on Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2018 and Cher gave a glowing review in a letter published in the magazine’s annual issue.
“Adam is a skater who happens to be gay, and that represents something wonderful to young people. When I was young, I had 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,” Cher writes.
The pop icon also praised Rippon’s harness suit that he donned to the Oscars this year.
“It wasn’t about the suit, really. It was about the fact that he dares to be different in a world where being different always comes with a cost,” Cher writes. “I thought it was fabulous, of course.”
Other LGBT mentions on Time’s list include journalist Ronan Farrow, gay Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar, transgender actress Daniela Vega, bisexual Parkland shooting survivor and activist Emma González, lesbian screenwriter and actress Lena Waithe, transgender activist Janet Mock and painter Kehinde Wiley.
Read Cher’s full letter here.