Seven years ago, Cyndi Lauper worked with US presidential candidate Donald Trump as a contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice.
Three years later, she released her best-selling, critically acclaimed memoir, in which she revealed she had been sexually abused in her youth.
So: exactly what does the politically minded singer and Tony-winning writer behind the hit musical Kinky Boots think of the upcoming US election?
“It’s the most shocking we’ve ever had,” Lauper tells WHO during a recent visit to Melbourne to kick off the Australian tour of Kinky Boots. “I think the season is way too long.
"And I think that you should have to qualify to be the president. You can’t just, you know, have money. You have to have a plan and an education.”
Lauper sums up this year’s race with one succinct word: “Awful. But I don’t want to spend time talking about that.
"I’d rather talk about Kinky Boots. Because that makes people happy. And it makes me happy!” She laughs. “And then, I will feel better.”
For more of our interview with Cyndi Lauper, pick up the new issue of WHO at newsagents now.
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