11 Years In The Life Of Chaz Bono

Chaz Bono

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Having celebrity parents isn’t exactly easy.Born to two TV legends, gay rights activist Chaz Bono spent his life in the spotlight — from the sexuality speculation to the weight loss struggles to the life-changing surgery.

And, as one of the stars to join the new season of “Dancing with the Stars,” we’ll be seeing even more of Bono.

Before the sequined costumes and ballroom dance moves begin, we decided to take a closer look at Bono’s life and how he became one of Hollywood’s most-talked-about celebrities.

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title=”1972–1974: Born in 1969 as Chastity Sun Bono, Bono would frequently join parents Sunny Bono and Cher on stage on “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.” Bono would sometimes help the couple close the show, singing “I Got You Babe.””
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title=”1993: Bono began a short-lived music career with the band Ceremony. Bono provided vocals, acoustic guitar, and percussion.”
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title=”1995: Confirming long-time rumours, Bono publicly declared herself gay in a cover story for The Advocate.”
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title=”1998: Bono further detailed her experience coming out in her first book “Family Outing: A Guide to the Coming Out Process for Gays, Lesbians, and Their Families.””
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title=”2006: Bono competed as a Team Captain on Season 3 of Vh1’s “Celebrity Fit Club.””
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title=”June 2009: Bono announced that she was undergoing gender reassignment surgery.”
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title=”October 2009: Following his announcement months earlier, Bono gave his first interview to “Entertainment Tonight” about his experience with gender reassignment surgery.”
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title=”May 2010: Bono had his gender and name legally changed (to Chaz Salvatore Bono).”
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title=”2011: Bono’s “Becoming Chaz,” a documentary about his sex change, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. In May, Oprah Winfrey’s OWN acquired the rights to the film, debuting it on May 10, 2011.”
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title=”May 2011: Bono sat down with Oprah to discuss his new life post-surgery and his relationship with his mother Cher — “This is an incredibly difficult process for parents…The truth is that a lot of parents never speak to their transgender kids again. That’s not the case in my family. There’s no doubt about her love for me.””
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title=”August 2011: Bono joins the cast of the thirteenth season of “Dancing with the Stars” along with Nancy Grace.”
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