Showbiz icon Cher chats with the Nov. 21 issue of Parade Magazine about the gender reassignment surgery that turned her daughter Chastity into her son Chaz.

The “Take Me Home” singer admits that watching Chaz become a man has been challenging for her to deal with as a mother.

“It’s hard, ’cause she’s still my girl,” says Cher. “But she has an inner strength and she’s a courageous person—she believes what she believes. She and her girlfriend came over for dinner last night. All of us were there, my boyfriend too.”

Chaz has also been a target of the paparazzi since his gender reassignment surgery — Cher says that was to be expected: “I think Chaz knew that was gonna happen. That was something to prepare for,” Cher said. “That’s been happening her entire life because of me.”

(Time to work on those pronouns, Cher! Say it with us now: “He!”)

The singer-actress, 66, also opens up about her always active lovelife, which is now occupied by boyfriend, Ron Zimmerman, 52. Betcha didn’t know the couple met online.

“Even though I’m older than him, I’d never before been with anybody over 30,” she says, adding that the TV screenwriter is not her usual type: “Ron is short, a bit scraggly, like an absentminded professor. He’s the funniest person I have ever met, and the most eccentric—so bizarre and kind and very special.”

After taking a 10-year break from the big screen, Cher makes her cinema return in Burlesque, which takes off in theaters Nov. 24.



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