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Cher, Chaz Bono's Mother, Came Out in Support of His 'DWTS' Selection

Amid the controversy about his "Dancing With the Stars" appearance, Bono's mother, Cher, took to Twitter last month to defend her son and say that she supported him no matter what he chose to do.

The 65-year-old superstar posted several tweets Aug. 31, saying Bono was being "viciously attacked" on blogs and message boards, the Associated Press reported.

"This is Still America right? It took guts 2 do it," Cher wrote at the time. "Mothers don't stop Getting angry with stupid bigots who [mess] with their children!"

But Cher wasn't always so supportive of her son's lifestyle. According to Bono's books, Cher was shocked when he revealed at age 18 he was a lesbian and even banished Bono from her NYC apartment immediately after he came out.

The two since have mended their relationship, but in the exclusive interview with McFadden of "Nightline" last year, Cher said she was "frightened" at first about Chaz transitioning from female to male.

"We'd talked about it before, over the years," Cher said at the time. "So I said. ...'If you need to do this, you'd better do it.' This is the way I felt about it, and this is how I tried to explain it to my son, Elijah. I like being a girl ... if I woke up tomorrow and I was in a guy's body, I would just be flipped out, and it would just be horrendous for me. And that's all I can think of. That's the way I put myself in Chaz's place."

"I have two sons," Cher added. "Never thought that would be, but, you know, you go through life and you get what you get."

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