Cher: Chaz is unbelievably happy
Published 17/10/2013 | 13:41
Cher has opened up about how hard it was for her when daughter Chastity had a sex change to become her son Chaz.
The superstar told the Daily Mirror she had always supported Chaz, but felt sad at losing aspects of Chastity.
She revealed: "I was really supportive as we had talked about it over the years. But I admit it was difficult in the beginning. It was hard for a mother. I had this one child and I was waiting for the new child.
"There was this part in between where you don't know what you are going to have. You don't know what your relationship is going to be. It was a scary period - the unknown is always really frightening."
Cher said her fears were unfounded as they're now closer than ever: "Chaz is unbelievably happy. He just lost 85lbs - he was carrying around that weight almost as if it was his sadness but he looks so amazing."
The singer admitted one of the strangest things for her was not hearing Chastity's voice again.
She said of hearing her child's old answering machine message: "I thought 'Oh my god, I am never going to hear that voice again'. It was a sense of mourning. I said to Chaz is there any way I can keep that and Chaz said I don't think so, Mum.
"Now it doesn't make any difference as I don't feel a loss at all. The loss I thought I was going to feel, I don't feel one iota."
Cher also said she felt sad at losing her freedom because of her success: "I don't remember the last time I went out. I am not happy. I like being an artist and really like being creative but I love my freedom too. However that's one thing I have lost.
"It's hard for me to wear a disguise because people have seen me in every hair colour and style imaginable. Everyone's got a phone camera as well."