In an interview with Parade, gay
icon Cher says Chaz Bono is still her “girl.”
The 41-year-old Bono, who was born
Chastity Bono to gay idol Cher and the late entertainer-politician
Sonny Bono, announced last June that he was eight months into gender
He's previously said that he was
“miserable” pretending to be a girl and that he “wasted”
years worrying about transitioning.
In the interview, Cher, who stars
opposite Christina Aguilera in the upcoming film Burlesque,
said she admired Bono for his courage and inner strength.
“When Chaz first told me about
wanting a sex change, I had a really hard time with it. We talked
about the transgender thing intermittently for years. She was
unhappy. Plus, she was doing drugs. I believe that once she stopped
doing drugs, she would have a much better life and put the
transgender idea on the back burner,” Cher said, referring to
Bono's former Oxycontin addiction.
“It's hard 'cause she's still my
girl. But she has an inner strength and she's a courageous person –
she believes what she believes.”
an earlier interview with fashion glossy Vanity Fair, Cher
called Bono“a very smart girl – boy!”