Chaz Bono to appear on 'Dancing With The Stars,' report says
Chaz Bono, who was born Chastity Bono, the daughter of Cher and Sonny Bono, and underwent a sex change will reportedly appear on season 13 of ABC's "Dancing With The Stars."
E! Online reports that Bono and actor David Arquette will appear on the upcoming season, which will officially be announced on August 29 during "Bachelor Pad," which airs at 8 p.m. ET. The season will kick off three weeks later on Monday, September 19, with a two-hour premiere.
Other stars who are rumored to join this season of the reality dancing competition include Kim Kardashian's little brother Rob Kardashian, George Clooney's ex-girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis, TV host Nancy Grace, former "The Hills" star Kristin Cavallari, actress Ricki Lake, Chynna Phillips of Wilson Phillips, Ryan O'Neal, Lakers player Ron Artest, "All My Children"'s Jr. Martinez and female soccer player Hope Solo, according to USA Today.
In March 2009, he began the process of becoming a man. Chaz Bono took testosterone and underwent procedures such as having his breasts removed, which he told TIME magazine marked "the greatest day, probably of my life."
"I've hated my body since puberty," he said in "Becoming Chaz." "In high school, often at night, I would go to bed, praying that I'd wake up the next day as a boy. A sex change never occurred to me at that point. As a man trapped inside a female shell, I was very cut off from the whole world and now, for the first time, I'm living in my body and it looks like the way I want it to. It's making me feel more confident."
Chaz Bono and his girlfriend, Jennifer Elia, appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on in May and she told the talk show host that "it was really hard" when her partner transitioned from female to male, Us Weekly magazine reported.
Chaz Bono said in his book that Cher, a pop singer often seen as a gay icon, kicked him out of her house when he first told her he was attracted to women. Cher has not commented about such an incident.
Cher acknowledged Chaz Bono's sexual identity publicly for the first time at a National Coming Out Day event in Washington in October 1996. She said in a November 2010 interview with Vanity Fair that she sometimes mistakenly refers to Chaz Bono as a woman.
She and Sonny Bono were married between 1964 and 1975. Sonny Bono, a singer-turned-politician, died on Jan. 5, 1998 at age 62 after a skiing accident.