Chaz Bono: I'm Enjoying Life as a Man
- Photo: Ed Ruvalcaba / London Ent./Splash News1 of 7
- Photo: Alexandra Wyman/WireImage.com2 of 7
- Photo: Louise Barnsley/Max Butterworth/Pacific Coast News3 of 7
- Photo: DAN STEINBERG/Invision/AP4 of 7
- Photo: Camerique/Camera Press/Retna Ltd.5 of 7
- Photo: Paul Smith / Featureflash/Retna Ltd.6 of 7
In Chaz Bono's first interview since first announcing in June that he would undergo a sex change, the child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono says that after 40 years, he is finally enjoying life as a man.
Bono, formerly known as Chastity, tells Entertainment Tonight in an interview airing Thursday and Friday, that the ordeal was "a long process going back almost a decade."According to Bono -- who first came out as gay at 18, which caused mom Cher to reportedly flip out -- the most difficult step he had to take was, "finding the courage not to worry about what other people would think of me so much." He also says he "got clean and sober in 2004 and I couldn't have done this before that."
Bono has been undergoing a female-to-male sex change and gender reassignment surgery since March, and the process has already had significant physical changes on his body, which he jokes is like "literally going through puberty. It lowered my voice," he tells Entertainment Tonight. "Fat redistributes, muscle growth, hair growth, sex drive increases... I shave about once a week now." When it came time to have surgery to have his breasts removed, he told Entertainment Tonight that "it was a relief."
RELATED: Follow Wonderwall on Twitter!
Now, at 40 years old, he has no regrets about his decision. "I always felt like the male from the time I was a child," he says. "There wasn't much feminine about me. I believe that gender is something between your ears, not between your legs. That is something I discovered in the early '90s. It was just a long process of being comfortable enough to do something about it." He adds: "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."
More on Usmagazine.com:
Demi Lovato snuggles with Wilmer Valderrama on today's Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
Jessica Alba flaunts her bikini body and shares photos from her work trip to Thailand on today's Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
Check out Chris Hemsworth's #TBT photo with brother Liam, plus more of the "Thor" star's best Instagram moments on today's Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
From George Clooney to Christian Bale, check out the hunky leading men who've played Batman through the years.Watch Video »
See the latest celeb wardrobe malfunctions.Watch Video »
Eddie Is Red Hot
Here are 5 things you may not know about Eddie Redmayne.Watch Video »