Cher admits she found it 'very difficult' at first to accept her son Chaz's transition from female to male
CHER has admitted she found it "very difficult" to accept her son Chaz Bono coming out as trans.
The pop icon, 74, confessed that Chaz's transition from female to male between 2008 and 2010 "wasn't easy" at first.
Chaz, 51, who was born as Chastity to Cher and the late Sonny Bono, came out as a lesbian before his transition.
Cher admitted that, as a staunch advocate of the LGBTQ community, she was surprised by her initial reaction.
"It was very unlike me to, in the beginning, have a problem with Chaz being gay, and it disappeared like that," she told CNN.
“Then we talked about [whether Chaz was] transgender for many years and [he] would say, ‘No, I don’t want to [transition]'. And then he went and said, ‘OK, I want to do this.’”
Cher – who last month saved the "world's loneliest elephant" – recalled: "But it wasn't easy. I remember calling, and the old [voicemail] message was on the phone, and that was very difficult.
"But you don't really lose them. They just are in a different shape.”
Chaz began transitioning in 2008, announced it publicly in 2009 and completed it in 2010.
He made the documentary, Becoming Chaz, about the experience in 2011.
Chaz, who is a writer and actor, was also the first transgender star to appear on Dancing With The Stars in 2011.
Cher said Chaz is now "unbelievably happy" and in a relationship with former child star, Shara Blue Mathes.
Chaz opened up about his transition in a candid interview with Oprah in 2011.
"Life was always so much more difficult [before his transition]," he said.
"Especially going into puberty, it felt like the expectations around me started to change or how I was supposed to act, but it also felt as if my body was literally betraying me.
"I went from a very athletic, straight up and down little kid to a very curvaceous woman. It was just horrifying to me."
The actor added that Cher struggled with his transition at first, but he never "doubted" her "love" for him.
"The hard thing for my mom is that because she is a public figure and because she has this personality of being so cool about stuff and progressive, people forget that she's a parent," he explained.
"The truth is a lot of parents never speak to their transgender kids again. That's not the case in my family. There's no doubt about her love for me.
"Now, everything is so easy and effortless. I feel like I'm on the same playing field as everybody else."
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