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Chaz Bono Tutoring Mom Cher for ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Cher said she needed a little help from son Chaz Bono getting ready for her guest-judging stint on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’

Cher, 67, told ABC News she was asked to guest judge Monday night, which will also serve as a tribute to her legendary music career.

“I know that people take this seriously,” she said, adding she was surprised when producers asked her to guest judge. “I just don’t want to be responsible for someone getting a different mark than a professional would give them.”

Bono, who competed on the show in 2011, knew what was at stake and offered to help his mom prepare.

“He’s coming tonight to give me tips!” Cher said. “He said, ‘Mom, you don’t understand how seriously people take this. I’m coming over tonight and … I’m going to tutor you.’ Obviously, I’m going to need all the help I can get.”

“Someone’s going to have to do some cramming with me,” she added.

“I don’t know, I don’t know how you judge it,” Cher said. “I was there when Chaz was doing it and saw how difficult it was. I just don’t want to miss some fabulous thing that someone is doing … and that would be a big deal, and I wouldn’t even know it!”

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Cher: Fame Has Ruined My Social Life

Cher says being famous has ruined her social life.

The ‘Believe’ singer claims her superstar status has robbed her of her freedom and she wishes she could go out in public without people hounding her.

She told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “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.”

The 67-year-old star – who first shot to fame in 1965 aged 19 – especially misses visiting her favorite tourist hotspots in London, insisting that wearing a disguise wouldn’t help her plight.

Cher said: “I would love to just go to the Victoria and Albert Museum and wander around the exhibitions. It’s one of my favorite places but I just can’t.

“I lived in London twice and loved walking around the city. But not now. It’s hard for me to wear a disguise because people have seen me in every hair color and style imaginable. Everyone’s got a phone camera as well.”

The mother-of-two – who has a son, Chaz, who underwent a sex change to become a man in 2010 – with her late ex-husband Sonny Bono, and son Elijah with ex-husband Gregg Allman – is hoping Elijah will help her fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a grandmother.

She sighed: “I really would like to be one. It would be so great to have the fun part and then send the child home. I’m hoping Elijah may help on that front.”

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Cher BBC Interview: Accepting Son Was Hard

Cher admits she had no “valid reasons” for finding it difficult to accept her transgender son.

The 67-year-old singer has son Chaz with her ex-husband Sonny Bono, who died in 1998. Chaz was born a girl and underwent gender transition to become a man, something his mother had a difficult time understanding at first.

“You wouldn’t think it, but I think I knew Chaz was gay way before anybody else, when she was young. I think of Chaz in the past as a she. Chaz is now definitely a he,” she told BBC News.

“I didn’t take it well and I don’t know why exactly, there were many reasons, but none of them were valid.”

The pair are now on better terms and Cher is also reigniting her music career with a new album called Closer to the Truth and an accompanying tour.

Her previous series of shows was called Living Proof: The Farewell tour and began in 2002. She didn’t expect to be hitting the road again, but feels ready to tentatively dip her toe in that pond again now.

“When you have something new to say or new to sing, then it makes the idea of going on tour more reasonable,” she explained.

“I did a tour for three-and-a-half years and it almost killed me. There’s a finite amount of energy that I have. It’s pretty boundless, but it’s still not endless.

“I know if I don’t do it now, I’ll never do it. I’m not going to do that many dates to begin with to see if I am still up for this.”

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Cher Rewarding Son Chaz For Weight Loss

Cher has been encouraging her son to lose weight by handing over $1,000 (£645) for every two pounds (0.9 kilograms) he drops.

Chaz Bono has lost more than 43 pounds  by embarking on a new healthy diet and exercise regime, and recently revealed he wants to lose another 40 pounds.

Cher is keen to see her son succeed, so she has been offering a monetary reward for every pound dropped.

In a post on, the Believe hitmaker writes, “I’m paying him 1K a lb. 2 (to) lose weight… So he has made $65,000!”

Lady Gaga Honored at GLAAD Awards

Lady Gaga and Dancing With The Stars were among the winners at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Awards over the weekend.

The Poker Face hitmaker has long campaigned for equal rights and she was named the Outstanding Music Artist for her hit album Born This Way.

Dancing With The Stars, which Cher’s transgender son Chaz Bono appeared on last year, was named Outstanding Reality Program at the New York prizegiving, which was hosted by Glee stars Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera.

The producers of new musical series Smash received the top honor, the Vito Russo Award, which is named after the gay activist.

Producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan stepped onstage to accept the honor and Zadan declared being gay was “part of who I am, so it impacts the work that we do.”

Meanwhile, Harvey Weinstein presented high school student Katy Butler with a special honor for her anti-bullying efforts.

Butler has been spearheading a campaign to convince censors at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to lower the R-rating of Weinstein’s upcoming documentary Bully to PG-13, thereby allowing youngsters to see the film in theaters.

Other winners at the GLAAD Media Awards included independent film Pariah (Outstanding Film In Limited Release), HBO’sCinema Verite (Best TV Movie Or Miniseries Award), and Oprah Winfrey (Best Talk Show Episode).

Chaz Bono Wants Apology Over 2015 Death Prediction

Cher’s transgender son Chaz Bono has blasted a U.S. report predicting he’ll die by 2015 and is demanding an apology from the publication’s bosses.

The former Dancing With The Stars contestant was riled by a report in the National Enquirer earlier this month (Nov11) headlined, “Chaz Bono – Only 4 Years To Live.”

An expert was quoted in the article claiming Bono’s weight, along with the variety of medications associated with his gender reassignment, could increase the likelihood of an early death.

But Bono has slammed the report, and his lawyers have issued a letter to bosses at the publication demanding a retraction and apology, branding the story “blatantly false and defamatory”.

The letter, obtained by, reads, “The salacious and inflammatory headline and article were crafted for the malicious purpose of discriminating against our client’s gender and sexual orientation.”

Bono’s lawyer has threatened to sue if editors fails to retract the allegations.

Dancing With The Stars Elimination Recap: Chaz Bono and Hope Solo Land In Bottom 2

The two lowest scorers this week on Dancing with the Stars found themselves facing elimination on Tuesday night’s results show. Chaz Bono and Hope Solo scored 19 and 20 points respectively on Monday and both faced harsh criticism from judges. Bono felt disrespected when Bruno Tonioli compared him to a “cute little penguin” while Solo’s partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy took offense to Len Goodmen declaring their performance the “worst dance of the season.”
Bono and partner Lacey Schwimmer held their peace until they were away from the judge’s table.  “It’s a bit insulting. One judge in particular week after week paints me as this… I don’t know… chubby, cuddly little Ewok, little penguin. That’s not about my dancing,” Bono said of the name calling. “If you want to talk to me about my dancing and how I can improve, I have no problem with that. That would be fine!”
Chmerkovskiy did not hold his peace. When Goodman slammed Solo’s dance and pointed out that he had 50 years of experience in dancing, Chmerkovskiy snapped, “Maybe it’s time to get out.”
In the end, Chmerkovskiy’s outburst did not have a negative effect on Solo’s time on the show. He and Solo were declared safe and Bono was sent packing.
“I took so much away from this. This was an amazing journey that really pushed me and showed me I could do so much more than I thought I could,” Bono said after his elimination. “I came on this show because I wanted to show America a different kind of man, and I know that if there was someone like me on TV when I was growing up, my whole life would have been different. I dedicate everything I did to all the people out there like me — especially the kids and teens who are struggling. You can have a wonderful, great life and be successful and happy.”

Backstage at DWTS: Chaz Bono "Upset" With Judges’ Comments While Mom Cher "Could Cut a Bitch!"

Looks like Maksim Chmerkovskiy isn’t the only dancer on Dancing With the Stars to feel frustration with the judges this season.

Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer still had a few choice words of their own to share with us after the show, and you won’t believe what message Chaz’s mom, Cher, had for the judges…

“We were upset, not with the scores but with the comments toward me personally,” Chaz told us after he got eliminated tonight, referring to Bruno Tonioli’s likening Chaz to a cute, fluffy penguin. “We thought we did a good job [last night].”

“The judges always have a favorite or two,” Lacey lamented. “We are just not that couple this season.”

So what went wrong? Why did the judges feel compelled to get personal? Chaz said only that he knows that their commentary certainly can affect the voting, and Lacey agreed.

“For Middle America who knows nothing about ballroom dancing,” she explained, “they look at these three judges and think they know everything there is to know about ballroom dancing. And when they make comments like that, it does influence how people will vote or support or view the show.”


Cher Blasts "DWTS" After Chaz Is Bounced

Chaz Bono admitted he chafed a bit when “Dancing with the Stars” judge Bruno Tonioli compared him to “an Ewok” and “a penguin,” but that’s nothing compared to how his mom felt.
After Bono was eliminated in last night’s competition, Cher took to her Twitter page to vent on the Tonioli and the judges (with one notable exception) for their treatment of her son.
Going Home is Fine but why insult him b4 he Goes!” wrote Cher. “Maybe Rudeness & Flapping Arms take the place of TALENT.”
Cher then took aim at Len Goodman, who famously clashed with dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy the previous night, saying, “As for the Older Gentleman ….every Show Needs A Grumpy Old Man!”
However, Cher did express her thanks to judge Carrie Ann Inaba, whom she felt was fair and kind towards Bono. 
“Thank u Carrie Ann 4 your Gentility u r beautiful inside & out,” wrote Cher, before adding: “The Chick is beautiful & Polite ! The Men suck”