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Chaz Bono Splits With Fiancee Jennifer Elias

USMagazine, Monday, December 19, 2011, 1:08pm (PST)

Chaz Bono is now a single man.

The writer, GLBT activist and Dancing with the Stars alum, 42, and love Jennifer Elias have called off their engagement and are no longer a couple, their rep Howard Bragman told Us Weekly Monday.

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"They leave this relationship with great love, respect and affection towards one another," the rep says.

Elias embarked on a relationship with Cher and the late Sonny Bono's eldest child five years ago -- when he was still a woman who went by the name of Chastity Bono.

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In May, Elias admitted to Oprah Winfrey "it was really hard" when her partner transitioned from male to female; Bono announced his decision to undergo gender reassignment in June 2009.

"We had to really almost re-learn how to communicate and how to be around each other," Elias said.

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Bono proposed to Elias on the top of Space Needle in Seattle earlier this year -- in an episode of Being Chaz, his OWN reality show, which aired last month.

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