‘It wasn’t easy’: Cher discusses son’s gender transition

Cher has opened up about her son’s gender identity, admitting that it “wasn’t easy” when Chaz Bono, now 51, announced he was transitioning in 2009.

The singer and Oscar-winning actress, who is considered an icon by many in the LGBTQ community, described the journey she went through as a mother, from when Bono — then known as Chastity — first came out as a lesbian.

Bono, an actor and the first transgender person to appear on “Dancing with the Stars,” is now “so unbelievably happy,” she added.

Cher, now 74, rose to fame in a musical duo alongside her then-husband — and Bono’s father — Sonny. She has long had a loyal LGBTQ fanbase and traces her affinity with the LGBTQ community back to a childhood memory, saying that “at 9 years old, I knew.”

She shared, “One day I came home and there were these two men in my living room with my mom…They were doing their hair and talking…That was my (introduction to) the gay world.”

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