Cher: Chaz Is a 'Very Smart Girl—Boy!'

Proud mom still struggles with pronouns
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2010 9:56 AM CDT
Cher: Chaz Is a 'Very Smart Girl—Boy!'
31st October 1972.: Portrait of married American pop singers and actors Sonny Bono (1935 - 1998) and Cher with their four year-old daughter Chastity.   (Getty Images)

Cher’s daughter Chastity is now her son Chaz—and the singer still can’t quite get her pronouns straight. “She’s a very smart girl—boy! This is where I get into trouble,” she tells Vanity Fair. “I still don’t remember to call her ‘him.’” Even so, she remains a proud parent: “If I woke up tomorrow in a guy’s body, I would just kick and scream and cry and f***ing rob a bank, because I cannot see myself as anything but who I am—a girl. I would not take it as well as Chaz has.” Other highlights:

  • On being a mom: She admits, however, that her parenting skills were “definitely lacking,” recalling a time when young Chastity told her, “You can never not be Cher—we can never just do something.”
  • On Sonny: "He was so much more than a husband—a terrible husband, but a great mentor, a great teacher…. If he had agreed to just disband Cher Enterprises and start all over again, I would have never ever left. Just split it down the middle, 50-50.”
  • On Meryl Streep: She's "doing it great. The stupid bitch is doing it better than all of us! But I don’t like it. It’s getting in my way. I have a job to do, and it’s making my job harder.”
  • On drugs: "I tried a couple of drugs, but I never felt good out of control. I have the constitution of a fruit fly. I can’t do coffee, but I can do Dr Pepper.”
For more, including how Chaz feels about his mom now, click here. (More Chaz Bono stories.)

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