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Cher On Son Chaz Bono's Decision To Become A Man: It Was A 'Strange Change For A Mother To Go Through'


Sep. 24 2013, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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Cher opens up about her daughter-turned-son Chaz Bono's female-to-male transition, saying after some early struggles, she believes "it's turned out well" for all involved.

The Mermaids star, 67, told the UK's Sunday Times Magazine that she went through a roller coaster of emotions as it pertains to her one-time daughter Chastity undergoing female-to-male gender reassignment procedures.

"Oh yes, I had a hard time," the "Believe" singer said. "I didn't have a hard time in the beginning when Chaz came to see me and told me, 'This is what I want to do.' I said, 'Well, if you're miserable, then you've got to do it.' But then as it was starting to happen, you know, it's a strange change for a mother to go through.

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"It was difficult, but now I don't think about it so much."

The pop icon said the bold move didn't come as a total shock, as she and Chaz "talked about it on-and-off for years.

"He'd talk about doing it, then he would go off it. Then he finally did it. It's a huge decision -- not something you make lightly."

She said she could see both sides, admitting that if she were uncomfortable with her gender, she "wouldn't be able to function.

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"That's the only way to describe it to someone who doesn't understand."

Cher's new album, Closer to the Truth, hits stores Tuesday.



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