Cher hits back at Dua Lipa as 'our generation's Cher'

Cher wants you to remember something: There can only be one Cher.

The 76-year-old singer hit back at Twitter users who compared her to Dua Lipa with a slightly scathing tweet, prompting her fans to start a debate about whether it's fair to compare older artists who are still alive and well to younger ones.

It all started when a Twitter user posted two photos of Cher and Dua Lipa in a now-deleted post, with both singers sporting sleek, long black hair and similar strappy, glittery, form-fitting dresses.

"Dua Lipa, our generation's Cher," the Twitter user wrote in the post.

"So much truth in one tweet," another user replied, tagging both Cher and Dua Lipa.

At that point Cher herself intervened. Responding to both users, the singer simply wrote: "How many years is a generation," adding a sarcastic emoji of a thinking face.

Her response brought into focus the debate among her fans about the implications of comparing chart-topping musicians of previous decades to younger artists.

"Good for her for that," one person commented, retweeting Cher's response. "I find 'it's the new (insert artist)' so offensive, especially when the original artist is still alive," he continued.

"Cher is Cher," wrote another Twitter user. “No one else will ever be Cher. Full stop," he added.

And although the ensuing conversation turned to Cher and Dua Lipa's music, the Twitter user who originally posted the two photos clarified his intentions with a comment after deleting the post.

"I was complimenting you and Dua's style," she wrote back to Cher. "Some people didn't get the point."