Chaz Bono: “Nothing Scares Me” About Life as a Man

Celebrity News Nov. 19, 2009 AT 11:35AM

It's challenging enough to put yourself -- and your friends and family -- through the process of gender reassignment.

Chaz Bono -- formerly Chastity, the first child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono -- had the added difficulty of going through it in the public eye.

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In a new TV interview with Good Morning America's Chris Cuomo, Chaz, 40, says that being Sonny and Cher's kid created an "incredible hurdle" in his journey. "I wasn't going to be able to do this privately like most people can," he says.

Although he makes no mention of his famous mother or girlfriend Jennifer Elia, he admits that "dealing with the people in my life" was an additional obstacle.

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Today, he says that he feels "more comfortable now that I've ever been" when looking in the mirror. "And there's more to come."

Bono also gives a glimpse into his confusing childhood. "It was really clear -- I felt like one of the boys. My friends were boys, if there was a game [that was] boys against the girls, I was with the boys."

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"Absolutely nothing scares me now," Bono adds. He an Elia have been in a relationship for three years. "I feel really grateful to be going through this with a partner," Bono told Mary Hart recently.

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