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chaz bono weight loss

Chaz Bono has dropped 60 pounds and he is thrilled! The former 'Dancing with the Stars' contestant has changed the way he eats and it has paid off.

Bono told PEOPLE magazine that he is "still slowly losing weight."  Chaz explained, "I've just changed the way I eat. Diets don't work. You just have to change what you eat, and I have."

The 44-year-old son of Cher and the late Sunny Bono has gone through a big transformation over the last several years.  The former Chastity Bono underwent a female to male gender transition that was documented in the 2011 television film 'Becoming Chaz.'

Chaz appeared on 'The Doctors' in November to discuss his weight loss struggles that began in his 20's.  At 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighting 250 pounds, the show experts suggested that he lose 50-80 pounds.

He recently tweeted, "What's worked for me is, no sugar, no grains, no dairy except goat cheese, no white starches, portion control, and high intensity workouts."

chaz bono and cher

A tabloid website recently suggested that he and his mother are feuding.  In response he posted this photo with Cher and tweeted,  "I just found out, online, that my mom and I aren't speaking. Can you tell me when Radar Online became a credible, quotable news source."

Photo Credit: FayesVision-WENN, Twitter-Chaz Bono

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Posted by Meg
chaz bono plans to publicly lose 50 lbs

Chaz Bono has struggled with his weight all of his adult lift and is about to embark on a public mission to shed 50 to 80 pounds with the help of the popular television show The Doctors.

Dr. Travis Stork, an ER physician and co-host on the popular syndicated talk show, sat down to interview the former DWTS celeb for an episode that will air on Nov. 14, with followup progress updates to be broadcast throughout 2013.

Cher's oldest child tips the scale at 250 lbs.  The 5' 5-1/2" activist revealed, "There was a lot of pressure to be underweight growing up.  I wasn't an overweight child but I was still put on diets all the time."

By going public, Bono hopes the added pressure of visibility will give him more incentive to drop a considerable amount of weight.

His father, the late Sonny Bono, was one-half of the popular 60's and 70's singing duo Sonny & Cher.  The couple later divorced and the entertainer went on to a successful political career representing California in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Sonny died in a skiing accident near Lake Tahoe in 1998.

Check out a photo of Chaz's ultra-slim parents during the height of their musical career below:

chaz bonos famous and decidedly trim parents

Photos:  WENN

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Posted by Missy
chaz bono calls off engagement

Dancing with the Stars contestant Chaz Bono and fiancee Jennifer Elia have called off their engagement and are no longer a couple.

Cher's son gave his girlfriend a ring for her birthday in June.  The event was filmed in Seattle for an episode of Being Chaz that aired Nov. 27 on the OWN network.

The two have been together for many years, initially considering themselves a lesbian couple. They have always planned to wed but the relationship suddenly got complicated when Chastity Bono decided to undergo transgender reassignment surgery.  It took them a long time to reevaluate their new relationship and earlier this year they thought they had it all figured out.

Chaz revealed, “We’ve actually been engaged for two years, but we’ve had to put things on hold.  I wanted to pick a special place to give her a special birthday present.”

Bono's rep, Howard Bragman, made a statement to TMZ, "They leave this relationship with great love, respect and affection toward one another. No further amplification will be forthcoming and they ask that you respect their privacy at this time."

More couple photos here.

Photo Credit:  Dan Jackman-WENN

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Posted by Meg
chaz and jennifer engaged

Chaz Bono and Jennifer Elia are engaged.  The former DWTS celeb presented his longtime girlfriend with an engagement sparkler while on a birthday trip to Seattle.

The big moment was captured on camera and will be televised on his show Being Chaz when the episode airs November 27 on the OWN network.

Elia and Bono were a couple long before he underwent transgender reassignment surgery.  She admits the change in their status was difficult but she held out hope that they would eventually marry.

Chaz revealed, "We've been engaged for two years, and we've had to put things on hold.  I wanted to pick a special place to give her a special birthday present."

Jennifer gushed, "Wow, it's gorgeous - thank you so much.  It's stunning.  It's huge.  What he did was romantic.  Who would have thought Seattle would be so special?"

Check out Jennifer's ring and a video sneak peek below:

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Posted by Meg
2011 gay and lesbian center gala honorees

The 40th Annual L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center Gala and Auction was held on Saturday night.  The star-studded event honored Chaz Bono and Neil Patrick Harris.

Harris and his partner David Burtka received the Rand Schrader Distinguished Achievement Award because "they exemplify the Center's mission of empowering, healing, advocating and leading the LGBT community."

Bono received the Board of Directors Award for his trailblazing transgender activism, "bravely speaking his truth and working to make the movement stronger."

Delighting the crowd with his comedic antics was Leslie Jordan. The diminutive actor played opposite Megan Mullally on Will & Grace, as Karen Walker's rival Beverley Leslie.

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Hitting the red carpet were Sara Gilbert and her partner Linda Perry, Glee celeb Jane Lynch and her wife Dr. Lara Embry, Dita Von Teese, Jennifer Leigh Warren, soap star Chandler Massey, male drag performer Miss Coco Peru, and reality star Mike Manning.

Red carpet photo gallery after the jump:

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Posted by Meg
seven remaining contestants who got the boot

Things got tense on Monday night during Broadway Week on the hit ABC show Dancing with the Stars. Outspoken judge Len Goodman and equally outspoken pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy clashed over the performance of celebrity competitor Hope Solo.

Opinions were mixed when the rest of the DWTS cast and celebs were asked about the war of words.  Most weren't willing to slam the senior judge for obvious reasons.   Check out the nasty spat.

The seven remaining contestants fell into two categories this week, two were really, really good and the other five were mediocre at best.  Ricki Lake and J.R. Martinez were tied at the top of the leaderboard with nearly perfect scores of 29.

Maks Chmerkovskiy clarified one comment that he made on Monday night in the heat of the moment.  He wanted the audience to know that despite what he said last night, "it is not my show."  Host Tom Bergeron quipped, "Damn, I was going to ask him for a raise."

The six celebrities who will compete next week are J.R. Martinez, Ricki Lake, Nancy Grace, David Arquette, Hope Solo and Rob Kardashian.

Getting the Dancing with the Stars boot in Week 6 was Chaz Bono.  Immediately following the announcement, Cher tweeted, "I have got 2 hold my temper!  My tears R OK.  Congratulations Chaz, I'm SO PROUD OF U! This was YOUR quest...& u followed your star."

Check out photos of the eliminated couple Chaz & Lacey, and view video of the Broadway Week group dance below and elimination video:

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Posted by Meg
chaz triumphs as rocky balboa

It was an emotional night for mother and son Monday on the hit ABC reality competition Dancing with the Stars.  As promised, Cher was clearly in Chaz Bono's corner when he hit the dance floor to channel fictional fighter Rocky Balboa.

Bono and his pro partner Lacey Schwimmer came down the long staircase with their silk boxer hoodies framing their heads.  Chaz even demonstrated his stamina by racing back up that same set of steps at the end of his routine, with his arms thrust over his head in a victorious pose.

Will the performance be good enough to keep him in the competition for another week?  Len Goodman called it his best performance to date.  Expect to see his smiling mug around for Week 5.

Week 4 Recap, Leaderboard, Performances

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Posted by Meg
chaz and lacey get ready for monday night cher in the audience

Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer hit the floor Monday on Dancing with the Stars and performed a movie-themed Paso Doble for some very special guests.

Check out Chaz channeling Rocky Balboa.

Sitting in the front row will be his mother, iconic songstress Cher, her half-sister Georganne LaPiere, his former stepmother Rep. Mary Bono Mack, and girlfriend Jennifer Elia.

Cher promised, via Twitter, that she would be in the DWTS audience on Monday night if her son made it through round three of the competition.  Despite finishing at the bottom of the leader board for the second week in a row, viewers voted to save him yet again.

Schwimmer tweeted, "Ok! Week 4 let's get this! Movie week!! When you see our costumes I think you'll guess!!!"

Bono shared a photo taken on Sunday during a 'show and tell' rehearsal.  Pictured with him were Rob Kardashian, Nancy Grace without makeup, David Arquette and their pro partners.  Check it out below:

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Posted by Meg
chaz bono and lacey schwimmer dwts recap

After three weeks of rehearsals it was show time last night when ABC kicked off its thirteenth season premiere of Dancing with the Stars.

Chaz Bono and his pro partner Lacey Schwimmer, the last pair to take the dance floor, performed a Cha-Cha-Cha to Dancing in the Street.

The 42-year-old, the oldest child of the late Sonny Bono and singing icon Cher, has caused a stir with some fans because of his decision to undergo a sex change operation.

The judges awarded Bono middle of the pack scores and positive feedback.  His  fiancee Jennifer Elia, emotional after the performance, cried from her seat in the audience.

Leaderboard Scores - Week 1

week 1 leaderboard

Cher turned to her Twitter page to do a little parental bragging, "WOW! HOW GREAT WAS MY SON? ... HE'S A WINNER !! I Was So Nervous."

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Posted by Meg
whats with the mom pants lacey schwimmer

We were more than a little surprised to see Dancing with the Stars pro Lacey Schwimmer rocking a pair of decidedly unflattering jeans yesterday.

Barely over Jessica Simpson's mom jeans debacle of 2009, the flashbacks are coming hot and heavy this day.

The 23-year-old competitive ballroom dancer and trainer will be paired with Chaz Bono when the thirteenth season of DWTS premiere's on Monday, September 19.

Her usual garb heading into rehearsals is sexy and revealing.  The pants that she pulled on yesterday before hooking up with her controversial dance protegee were in sharp contrast to her usual style ... to say the least.

Don't take our word for it.  Check out the amazingly tight abs of Ms Schwimmer in these recent hot photos.

We've included another interesting image below that features Schwimmer and Bono in their glam promo pic.  We've included a sneak peek rehearsal video too:

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