Chaz Bono, formerly Chastity Bono, opened up to Oprah Monday about his physical transition from woman to man.
Chaz, 42, is the child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono. He describes going through puberty as an adolescent and hating his body as it grew into a more womanly shape. "I felt like my body was betraying me," he said.
"It was just horrifying to me. You have this image of yourself and all of a sudden your body does the exact opposite of what you feel."
Chaz said he first decided to become a lesbian -- a label that "worked for a little while." But, Chaz said he eventually realized that being a woman who was attracted to women was not his reality.
"I always had this idea that, sure, I wished I was a boy and felt more like a boy and all of that. But I wasn't, so I would deal with it. And I for some reason thought there were other lesbians that felt that way and that was just part of that community. Then I started to realize, no, that isn't what a lesbian is at all. That's what being transgender is."
Chaz also talked about how parents react to transgender children.
"This is an incredibly difficult process for parents, the truth is that a lot of parents never speak to their transgender kids again."
So how did his very famous mother react? Read how Cher felt after the jump.
Yesterday's Oscar nomination announcements definitely left a few hopeful nominees bummed, but Cher was the only celeb who decided to vent about the snub via Twitter.
While Burlesque received three Golden Globe nods this year, the musical co-starring Christina Aguilera gained nada from the Oscars. Cher lashed out via her Twitter:
"We didn't get a nomination 4 best song ! That sucks ! Diane's song Is so beautiful ! It's hard to understand how u win. The Golden Globe 4 BEST SONG & not even get nominated by the OSCARS? Oh well it is..what it is ,,,,the sun is still shining! Maybe she would have had a better chance if someone else was singing it ?!! IT JUST CANT B HER SONG."
She's obv not going to attend the Oscars this year.
While we're not exactly sure why Burlesque was passed up for Best Song, we're more upset Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis didn't get nods for their work in The Fighter and Black Swan. These guys definitely deserved nominations. What happened this year?
Cher had her hands (and feet) immortalized in cement at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday, and she was accompanied by her mother Georgia Holt and son Chaz Bono.
Cher stars in Burlesque with Christina Aguilera (the film hits theaters on November 24) and in her 64 years, she's won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and an Emmy. I'd say it's about time she had her hands and feet cast in cement and sprinkled with gold glitter!
Cher was snapped leaving an after party following the premiere of Burlesque, and it pains us to say this, but the ageless singer (ok, she's actually 64) looked better than Christina Aguilera last night! How is that possible?!
Singer/performer extraordinaire Cher has managed to stay in the spotlight for decades and that's why she graces the cover of December's Vanity Fair, dishing about Chaz, politics and fame... let's break it down!
Cher on politics: "Sarah Palin came on, and I thought, Oh, f***, this is the end. Because a dumb woman is a dumb woman."
Cher on getting older: "I think Meryl [Streep] is doing it great. The stupid b*tch is doing it better than all of us! But I donâ€™t like it. Itâ€™s getting in my way."
Cher on taxes: "I would be willing to pay a lot more taxes, because I make a lot more money, but I donâ€™t want to give them more to just f*** things up more."
Cher on Chaz: "Sheâ€™s a very smart girlâ€”boy! This is where I get into trouble."