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Chaz Speaks!

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In a two-part interview with Entertainment Tonight airing both this evening and tomorrow, Chaz Bono opens up about his gender reassignment surgery and the decision-making process.

He sounds truly happy about his transformation and it's good to hear!

Here are some HIGHlights:

On making the decision to undergo surgery:
"It wasn't a sudden decision. I've been doing therapy for a long time. It’s a long process going back almost a decade. I got clean and sober in 2004 and I couldn't have done this before that. I always felt like the male from the time I was a child. There wasn't much feminine about me. I believe that gender is something between your ears not between your legs…It was just a long process of being comfortable enough to do something about it. I was turning 40 and I thought it's now or never. I want to still feel vibrant and be able to enjoy my life in a male body and not wait until I am an old man."

On taking male hormones and "top surgery":

"I started in March. It lowered my voice. Fat redistributes, muscle growth, hair growth, sex drive increases. It doesn't change anything mentally and emotionally. [I'm] still not anywhere near what I will look like but really for the first time I am feeling much more comfortable with how I look physically. Most people call it top surgery. The construction of the male chest from a female chest. When I went through puberty and started to grow breasts, it was very uncomfortable and emotional."

On the changing process:
"I will be changing for about 4 to 5 years in total but I'll be on testosterone for the rest of my life. The nice thing about this process is it is slow. I am literally going through puberty. I shave about once a week now. 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."

On why he's going public with his personal decision:
"[I'm] trying to use my life experience to educate people. I feel more like myself more than I ever felt. I feel happier and more confident. I used to live most of my life in my head because I was so uncomfortable in my body. The most important thing about this for me is that my outsides are finally starting to match my insides. I feel like I'm living in my body for the first time and it feels really good."

ET asked about mother Cher's reaction and Chaz responded that he could not speak for her, but he does say that the people in his life are "just happy that I'm doing this and seeing the positive effect that its having on me."

We're happy that you're happy, Chaz!

[Image via Getty Images.]

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91 comments to “Chaz Speaks!”

  1. 1

    why do you always capitalize HIGH in Highlights? are YOU on drugs?

  2. 2

    try gastric bypass next time

  3. Lucas says – reply to this


    Why do you keep calling Chastity Bono a HE? She is a she, regardless of any surgery. Sounds like a mid-life crisis to me.

  4. 4

    good for you chaz!

  5. 5

    Cher's intelligent and classy. Of course she is happy for Chaz!

  6. 6

    He's cuter as a guy :)

  7. 7

    You only need to look at the eyes on this pic to see that he is VERY happy and from that comes only more of the same and the world could use more of THAT. Congrats Chaz!

  8. 8

    FAT JOKES???? Very 90's :)

  9. 9

    OK, if you wanna be a man…..do it, your life right….. But don't be a fucking fat ugly man. At least have like Jonny Depp as a role model…….not fucking John Candy or something….dang

  10. 10

    How can you write about this so enthusiastically when the first thing this person really needs to do is lose about 125 lbs. before even considering any other kind of surgery.

  11. 11

    Mary Hart looks horrible.

  12. 12

    Why does Mary Hart look scared?

  13. buck says – reply to this


    I hear Chaztity is hung like a vulvar

  14. 14

    She's going from being a fat, ugly woman to a fat, ugly man. Why don't you set your standards a bit higher "Chazz" and get rid of the "fat" and "ugly" parts. It's called diet and exercise.

  15. 15

    PS: Her breath will still smell like fish after eating so much snatch all these years.

  16. 16


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  19. 19

    Chaz is just like Nichole Ritchie…I.E. we only know about them because their parents did something interesting. Didn't car about Chaz before, and don't now.

  20. 20

    Mario, maybe Chaz can give you some pointers on how to become a man.

  21. 21

    His labia is his cock now…must suck for her

  22. 22

    whats up with you guys? if perez would write he's too damn fat, you all would be screaming what an insenitive prick he is (which of course he is).
    if chaz chooses to be a fat ugly dude, then back the fuck off and mind your own damn business!

  23. 23

    It's not a HE, it's a SHE. SHE might have a Mr.Winky now, but the internal organs are all those of a woman.

  24. 24

    How appropriate that a tranny interviewed Chaz…

  25. 25

    I will never understand this, because it's not my experience. Congratulations, though to him, for working through all of it and making the decisions that needed to be made.

  26. 26

    SHE is a SHE and always will be a SHE. Can't change your genetics honey.

    Fuck what you want - be who you want - absolutely, but nope not a HE and never will be.

  27. 27


  28. 28

    i don't know why on earth any woman would want to start shaving her face. it is the biggest pain in the ass i have to wake up with every morning. i would trade shaving my legs once a month for that and weekly trimming any day.

  29. 29

    absolutely pathetic, really the only lesson that can be taught here that you will always be a butch woman

  30. 30

    Mary Hart what the hell have you done with your face,you look frozen,your getting old,stop trying to be young again

  31. 31

    just another person who hates themselves and rather then working on why it's just so much easier to blame gender. maybe i'll like myself as a whole new gender. won't work and now you're just a fat ugly man. ICK.

  32. 32

    Damn, Mary Hart looks like more of a man than Chaz does.

  33. 33

    Chaz needs to loose some of that weight!

  34. 34

    shes always going to be a woman no matter how much she lies to herself.

  35. 35

    SHE'S fucking gross!!

  36. 36

    I think fat jokes are in very poor taste, but I notice that this person gets no fat jokes, however, Kevin Federline and others get them. Wonder why?

  37. ap076 says – reply to this


    Re: StinkyPerez – I think immature Perez types HIGH in capitals when a "celebrity" is either known to have a drug and alcohol problem or is publically recovering from one.
    It is the same thing when he refers to some "celebrity" pAArtying. This is disrespectful to both people who can drink without a problem and those in recovery in AA.
    Perez some day you will have to pay the PIPEr for making fun of people's recovery or hammering their downward spiral into our heads while taking your own private pleasure in it.

  38. 38


  39. 39

    Re: peachesTaylor – @ 28 - if the women in your life only shave their legs once/month, they're some hairy bitches……while you only shave your face once a day (or every other day) us women have legs and underarms plus any other odd place hair may grow…..and keep the bush in shape too……any woman would be ecstatic to only have a face to shave……

  40. 40

    i remember one time saying "what you lohaning it" and a bunch of stupid stuff but i was nowhere near as a master of conversation as i am now

  41. 41

    So when you getting 'The Chop' Perez? Maybe you two could swap 'parts'?

  42. 42

    Good for Chez! I reaaly do not envy those who feel they have a wrong genitalia.

  43. 43

    Listen, I understand the fat jokes. Yes, he is way too fat. But realy guys? Sex asignment surgery has nothing to do with, is much hugher than, losing the extra weight

  44. 44

    Chaz, thank you for keeping us entertained like no other side show freak show could. God made you in his own image and you have distorted that beyond belief. How will you explain your actions when you stand before the God who created you, who is Holy, perfect, omnicient, omnipotent, omnipresent God? Ohh, that's right you don't believe in God. I get it, you think just because you don't believe in God that God does not exsist, right? You're denial of the Truth does not change the Truth. Anyone who encourages or congratulates you for this is no different…

  45. 45

    I'm so sick of the Gay community feeling the need to "educate" me. When I feel like learning about you, I'll ask you. Stop pushing your personal preferences in my face. I DON'T CARE.

  46. 46

    I can remember you on the Sonny and Cher Show and saw how precious you were to both your mom and dad. Too bad you couldn't tap into that love and it's not enough for you.

    Hey Chaz, you're just gay…not any more gay than Perez or Samanta Ronson. You have too much money and time to dwell on yourself…now you're just a fat freak. Go on Jenny Craig, none of us feel good about ourselves when too many pounds are on the body. Your poor family has to watch this butchery.

  47. 47

    I don't know why I come to this website, most of the people here are shallow nasty idiots. And brain bug, ironic you use the word brain in your user name *go look up ironic* why do I get the feeling that your a fat ugly moron that lives your life spilling bile on to the internet about how fat and ugly everyone else is? How brave. Stop projecting and get a fucking life. Your probably only 15 years old anyway, if your not you certainly sound it. These are your followers Perez, how proud you must be, I don't have the stomach for it any more.

  48. 48

    Chaz should of legally changed her/his name to Pig Vomit.

  49. 49

    She really looks happy.

  50. 50


  51. 51

    I'm Happy For Him!

  52. 52

    if anyone adds pounds it trully changes nothing i'm suuuper seriall guys. a sex change unfortunately is another subject. oh and theressthh (spit coming out) manbearpig. this chaz guy has a lisp i bet.

  53. 53

    Re: Alliestp

    You obviously care you fucking cun*t or you would not have posted here.

  54. 54

    I think it's good that he's being so open about everything–simply to educate people who have no idea what someone goes through mentally and physically to have such major changes in their lives…I'm also glad the media has seemingly accepted this, and is helping to get the story out…without ridicule.

  55. 55

    when he smiles, he looks like cher…exact same smile…

  56. 56

    ewww fucking crazy bitch!!!!!

  57. 57

    Yeah because even Cher knows that gender re-assignment surgery is beyond wrong. If you were meant to be a boy you would have been born a boy. I'm all for gay rights and I support the decision to love, but I do not support the decision to mutilate your body to cosmetically become a male look a like. Changing your outsides, doesn't change your insides. "I believe that gender is something between your ears not between your legs"… No that is exactly the definition of what determines gender. What's between your legs and whether or not you have a uterus. Period. Clearly not much is between her ears and what is, is bat shit crazy.

  58. 58

    Re: Lucas – .Re: Hesnotintou
    agreed. Or an escapism attempt to try to become straight. Sorry still a dyke

  59. 59

    You two faced douche Mario………………….you were ripping the piss outta him when you first heard it. Get an opinion and stick to it, at least you might get some respect for sticking to your guns.

  60. 60

    Hmmm … I think Chaz is a kind of hot looking guy, but is he straight or gay now? Seriously.

  61. 61

    You Chaz have no life experiance, If it wasnnt for your Hard working parents you woulnt have this choice, Dumb ass. The average person could not afford to be so crazy. Get a job chaz. Quit day dreaming of cock. Maybe it's just that. hummmmm

  62. 62

    Re: ChocJane

    Angry Dyke Alert

  63. 63


  64. 64

    Hmmm sounds like Cher thinks she's a freak too.

  65. 65

    Kudos to Chaz for making this brave decision to make a change. I won't pretend that I understand all the in's and out of the operation (and emotional) process but, if this makes him happy whats so wrong with that?

  66. 66

    It looks like Mary Hart has had more reconstructive surgery than Chaz.

  67. 67

    Why don't you call "it" a fat cow or post "moo" over it? Hippo crite! CHAZ WILL NEVER BE A MAN! She was born a woman, she will always be a woman!

  68. 68


  69. 69

    yay for Chaz

  70. 70

    Good luck, Chaz. That's a lot to go through. Ignore the haters.

  71. 71

    Good for him! 40 years is long enough to wait. I hope he feels comfortable in his own skin now.

  72. 72

    Yellow Peeps says – reply to this

    72Good luck, Chaz. That's a lot to go through. Ignore the haters.

    YellowPeeps, we're not haters and we don't hate Chastity… we actually feel very sorry for her and her quest to find happiness… cuz lord knows, being happy throughout our life, sure beats the alternative.

    Just because our amazing surgeons can do the operation, doesn't make it right; self-mutilation should be made a crime to the doctors that perform it. We feel great sadness for you and your family and it's a shame when you have so much money you can indulge in this massacre to your body…because we know this won't bring you happiness either. We watched you gorw up and we loved your parents. We were all bummed out when they divorced. Seeing these pictures of you, looking like this, is very difficult…we hope you find salvation. Prayers to you and Cher and remembering the images of you both, long ago on tv. When our children our unhappy, we as parents, are unhappy. I only wish you could have found God along your journey.

  73. 73

    Good for him. He looks happier than I've ever seen him. It's a courageous decision to be public about this-think about all the other kids out there who are going through the same thing!


  74. 74

    hey Lucas, it's common knowledge that you always refer to someone (i.e. drag queen, transgendered, cross dresser, etc) as the gender in which they APPEAR.

    Oh, and BTW, Chaz, having gone through surgery and hormone therapy, is officially a MAN.

  75. 75

    I wish happiness for everyone including Chastity/Chaz Bono. I have to admit though she will always be a she to me…. a cute little blonde girl who her dad obviously adored. In my mind, it doesn't matter what operation you endure, you are what you are born as and no surgery is going to truly change that. I'd be lying if I said that whole process of switching sexes sounded natural and okay. Mary looks as uncomfortable as I probably would hearing the story. It's all very odd to me.

  76. 76

    He looks good… more natural. Bravo, Chaz!

  77. 77

    Why do people have to get their tits lobbed off or the dicks cut off to live as the opposite gender? Why can't people just be comfortable as they are.

  78. 78

    yeah for u chaz god bless

  79. 79

    weight has nothing to do with it ,geesh be happy for him.

  80. 80

    Re: Lurchetta – yeah u right

  81. 81

    Re: 7kimba8 – amen

  82. 82

    some of u people r so fucking wrong it's disgusting go get a fucking life and stop bashing others for their desires this is for ur comments yeah but dam some of u r so fucking rude , i bet u have nothing going for u that's y u belittle everyone else, u suck!!!

  83. 83

    Mary's wondering if that's a piece of the chair poking into her at the back

  84. 84

    if mary can look like a wax figure, chaz can be a dude! god may have given you your body, but he also gave you free will… isn't that how the story goes?

  85. 85

    Ewwwwwhhhhhhh.. I couldn't sit beside her.

  86. 86

    Re: Poindexter-X – that's why i said "thanks for the party"

  87. 87

    "Sex drive increases" … Woo woo! Watch out for horny Chaz on the move!

  88. 88

    I'm super happy for him but I do have one question and it's about his girlfriend. I'm sure she wants what makes him happy but does this mean she is or is not a lesbian herself? Anyone know how to answer when one's partner goes through this change?

  89. 89

    Re Lucus & Funnyguy 1974: Please don't tell us about genetics when you obviously don't know what you're talking about. People can have extra chromosomes, do your homework before you make stupid statements like that.

  90. 90

    I understand that Gender reassignment is a difficult and drastic processes. That I am sure was not taken lightly by Chastity. However, I think this a personal matter. I know being the child of a celebrity and being active in the gay community pushes a person to feel obligated to speak out and share their story. But i do not think Perez or any other paparazzi/media should take such a private issue and put it on worldwide television/internet, for their own benifit.

    To me this is the equivilant to Bono coming onto network televiswion and waving their new cock for the whole world to see.

    I can't imagine anybody wants to show everyone their cock and hear over and over again how fat they are.

    Congradulation Chaz, for being a big fat ugly man who's cock nobody wants to see.

  91. 91

    Oh my poor cher!!
    well what can we do!!??
    He has a SMOKING HOT MOMMA!!