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Cher’s Kids: Inside Her Complicated Relationships With Sons Chaz Bono and Elijah Blue Allman

Cher is a proud mother of two kids. However, her relationships with both of her children have been complicated.

The legendary entertainer became a first-time mom at the age of 22 when she and her first husband, Sonny Bono, welcomed Chaz in March 1969. Chaz made frequent appearances at the end of the couple’s variety show, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, which began airing in 1971. The little one was carried out by his parents to say goodnight to viewers at the end of every episode, charming so many fans.

After initial fame on his parents’ TV show, Chaz lived a relatively private life until his early adult years when he came out in 1995. He took a position with GLAAD and worked with the Human Rights Campaign on LGBTQ+ issues at the time.

In 2009, Chaz announced he was transitioning. He documented his transition in the film Becoming Chaz, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Later that year, Chaz competed on Dancing With the Stars. He lost a whopping 50 pounds from his frame in 2013, and has pursued a career in acting, appearing on shows such as American Horror StoryCurb Your Enthusiasm and he portrayed a reverend in a 2016 plot line on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.

“She’s been really encouraging and a great, sympathetic ear,” he previously told Closer Weekly of Cher supporting his acting career.

Cher welcomed her second child on July 10, 1976, barely a year into her doomed marriage to Southern rock god Gregg Allman. The couple named their son Elijah Blue, and he grew up to become a musician like his dad. The singer/guitarist recorded several albums in the late 90s and early aughts with the industrial metal band Deadsy, and Elijah even toured with his mom as a backup guitarist.

Unfortunately, he also had drug battles like his famous father, who died of liver cancer in 2017. Elijah and Cher have had a complicated relationship over the years, with periods of being close as well as long stretches of estrangement.

In February 2022, a source close to Cher told Closer exclusively that her relationship with her children had gotten better in recent years. “She wasn’t always present, but I’d say age has softened her,” they shared. “She tries to bring her kids closer by organizing dinner and Zoom calls.”

The insider went on to add that Cher and Chaz “still bicker,” but “they have always been like that.” As for Elijah, he has also mended fences with his mother, who told him “she’s only a phone call away if he needs advice.”

After meeting at Paris Fashion Week in September 2022, Cher went public with her relationship with Alexander “AE” Edwards in November 2022. The “Dark Lady” singer sparked engagement speculation in December 2022 after posting a photo of a diamond ring gifted to her by her beau. In a candid tweet, she marveled that she wanted to “run to” her late mother, Georgia Holt, and “show her” the ring because she loved diamonds. Georgia died earlier that month at age 96 after dealing with health issues for quite some time. 

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