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  • Chaz Bono: New Body, New Wardrobe

    Chaz Bono checks his text messages after doing some shopping at John Varvatos in West Hollywood, Calif., January 14, 2014.
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  • Chaz Bono Through The Years

    Chaz Bono was honored at the 2012 GLAAD Media Awards for his OWN documentary "Becoming Chaz" and with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award given by GLAAD to a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender entertainer. His mother, Cher, surprised him by turning up in a large afro wig. "HE was adorable,Said wow mom i was so surprised i forgot what i was going 2say!" the singer later tweeted.
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  • Chaz Bono's Proposal to Longtime Girlfriend

    On the premiere of OWN's 'Being Chaz,' Chaz Bono asks for the hand of his girlfriend Jennifer Elia atop Seattle's Space Needle. 'It's stunning. It's huge, " gushed Elia about her new engagement ring. The couple announced they broke up on December 19, 2011
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  • Chaz Bono Through The Years

    Born Chastity Sun Bono March 4, 1969, to megastars Cher and Sonny Bono, Chaz Bono detailed his going through gender reassignment surgery and transformation from female to male in his new memoir, "Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man," which is in stores now. In this photo, a 7-month-old Bono plays with mother Cher.
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  • Chaz Bono Through The Years

    Singing sensations Cher and Sonny Bono first lit up the pop charts with their 1965 hit song, "I Got You Babe." This family portrait was taken in 1971 when Chaz Bono was 2, the same year that the popular TV series, "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour," debuted. Bono is Sonny and Cher's only child.
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  • Chaz Bono Through The Years

    Cher holding 2-year-old Bono.
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  • Chaz Bono Through The Years

    In his documentary, "Becoming Chaz," which debuted at the 2011 Sundance Festival, Bono talked about how he loathed the footage of him from the "Sonny & Cher" years. "I looked retarded on that show," he said in the film. He also talked about his childhood desire to be just like his dad, Sonny Bono. In this photo, the two are dressed in matching houndstooth suits on an episode of "Sonny & Cher" in 1972.
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  • Chaz Bono Through The Years

    Bono has said publically that he always felt like a male trapped in a female shell. Here, Bono is pictured with friend Ricky in 1978.
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  • Chaz Bono Through The Years

    Bono's seventh-grade school picture, 1982. "My seventh- and eighth-grade year was a particularly hellacious year for me," he told "Nightline." "Puberty. And I was at a school that just wasn't appropriate for my needs. It was just very straight, strict academic school."
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  • Chaz Bono Through The Years

    Bono's sexuality first made headlines when he was 18, then still Chastity, and was outed by a tabloid magazine. Bono is shown here with a friend, Heidi, at the Oscars in 1987, where his mother, Cher, won her first Academy Award for Best Actress for the role of Loretta Castorini in "Moonstruck."
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  • Chaz Bono Through The Years

    Cher, Bono and his aunt after one of Cher's shows in 1991. In a 2010 interview with "Nightline's" Cynthia McFadden, Cher said it was difficult for her after her daughter came out as a lesbian. "She had told everybody but me," Cher said at the time, "because she was frightened to tell me...What are people going to think?"
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  • Chaz Bono Through The Years

    As he aged, Bono struggled with being a woman. "I just thought something was wrong with me," Bono told "Nightline." "I was really a man so I never wanted to be a woman. That's how I was failing as a lesbian." His mother, Cher, divorced Sonny Bono in 1975 and married rock star Gregg Allman of the Allman brothers. The couple had a son, Elijah Blue Allman, in 1976. This photo shows Allman and Chaz Bono, then Chastity, in Malibu in 1992.
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  • Chaz Bono: From Chastity to Chaz

    In a rare and candid interview at his home in West Hollywood, Calif., Bono, 42, talked to "Nightline's" Cynthia McFadden about his contentment with the decision to undergo gender reassignment surgery. "This is how I was born. I mean, there's no doubt in my mind," he said. "It has exceeded every expectation that I've had." Bono is pictured here with McFadden, right, and his partner, Jennifer Elia, left, during the May 2011 interview.
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  • Chaz Bono: From Chastity to Chaz

    Chaz's latest challenge is "Dancing With The Stars." The two-hour season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars," will be broadcast on Sept. 19 on the ABC Television Network.
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  • Chaz Bono: From Chastity to Chaz

    Chaz Bono was voted off ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" after his tango to a song from "The Phantom of the Opera" fell flat with judges. Bono struggled throughout the competition, but said the experience was life-changing. "I wanted to show America a different kind of man. If there was somebody like me on TV when I was growing up, my whole life would have been different."
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  • Cher to Cheer on Chaz on 'DWTS'

    Chaz's mom, Cher, cheered on her son in the "Dancing With the Stars" ballroom and rallied her supporters on Twitter for her son throughout the competition.
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