Chaz Bono 'wasted' years worrying about transitioning

Tue. July 6, 2010 7:17 PM by

Chaz Bono is advising people to be true to themselves after he "wasted" years worrying about transitioning, UK daily Daily Mail reported.

Writing at his blog, the 41-year-old has called on people to "Do what is right for you."

"I wasted years worried about what other people would think if I transitioned, and now I wish I had those years back," he wrote.

Bono was born Chastity Bono to singer and gay idol Cher and the late entertainer-politician Sonny Bono.

Last June, eight months into his gender reassignment, Bono came out transgender.

Appearing on Good Morning America, he said: "I feel so much more comfortable than I've ever been. I've felt male as far back as I can remember."

The entire female to male transition is expected to last four to five years.

Bono said he always felt male: "I felt like one of the boys. My friends were boys. In school I related to boys."

Appearing at a Malibu art exhibit over the weekend for his half-brother Elijah Blue Allman, Bono told reporters that he felt the "most pressure to look and behave like someone that truly was not me" as a member of the defunct band Ceremony in the 90s. He said he was "miserable" pretending to be a girl.

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