On March 4, 1969, Cher became a mother for the first time when her newborn then-daughter, Chastity, was born in Los Angeles.
Between 2008 and 2010, Cher welcomed another child to the world, Chaz, when the little girl Cher had raised as Chastity completed his gender transition.
While Chaz has remained outspoken and a dedicated advocate for transgender men and women, Cher recently offered rare insight into what her life was like at that time.
Speaking to The Sunday Times, Cher offered her perspective on how she dealt with the drastic change.
Cher said that she supported her son from the begnning, explaining that if he was miserable and had a chance at a more comfortable life he “had to do it.” But that’s not to say that it wasn’t a difficult adjustment once reality set in.
“Then as it was starting to happen, you know, it’s a strange change for a mother to go through,” she said.
Now, Cher is supportive of her son and happy that it turned out best for him. But Chaz understands that his transition wasn’t always easy for his mother.
“The hard thing for my mom is that because she is a public figure and because she has this personality of being so cool about stuff and progressive, people forget that she’s a parent,” Chaz explained to Oprah in 2011.
“The truth is a lot of parents never speak to their transgendered kids again,” he added. “That’s not the case in my family. There’s no doubt about her love for me.”