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Chaz Bono, the showbiz scion formerly known as Chastity Bono until he underwent a sex change, is enjoying his belated initiation into manhood. Especially the shaving.
“I shave about once a week now,” Bono, 40 (pictured at left in his previous incarnation), told “Entertainment Tonight” in a two-part interview that will air Thursday and Friday (check local listings).
“It kind of started to come in just like peach fuzz. I always wanted to shave. It is a very natural process. For my birthday I got a lot of shaving stuff.”
Bono, the son of singer/actress Cher and late impresario/politician Sonny Bono, said he began his lifelong regimen of male hormones in March and had his breasts removed. He declined to discuss anything “below the waist.”
If she could turn back time … Cher’s lesbian daughter would rather have been born a man. So Chastity Bono, 40, is undergoing a sex change, according to TMZ.
“Yes, it’s true — Chaz, after many years of consideration, has made the courageous decision to honor his true identity,” her publicist, Howard Bragman, was quoted as telling the celebrity gossip site.
Contacted by Reuters, Bragman confirmed the veracity of the TMZ report, but declined to comment further. A message left for Cher’s manager was not immediately returned.
Cher, 63, already has one son, Elijah Blue Allman, 32, from her marriage to Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band. Chastity’s dad was Cher’s first husband, late music impresario/politician Sonny Bono.
Chastity publicly revealed she was a lesbian in 1995. She briefly followed her parents into the music business, wrote two books – a memoir and a guide to coming out – and worked as a spokeswoman for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which applauded her sex-change decision.
“Chaz Bono’s decision to live his life authentically represents an important step forward, both for him personally and for all who are committed to advancing discussions about fairness and equality for transgender people,” said GLAAD president Neil G. Giuliano. “Coming out as transgender is an extremely personal decision and one that is never made lightly. We look forward to hearing Chaz’s story in his own words in the future.”