Now that he’s finally in the body he always felt he belonged in, Chaz Bono says he’s enjoying something that took decades to accomplish.
“It’s a long process going back almost a decade. I got clean and sober in 2004 and I couldn’t have done this before that,” Bono, formerly known as Chastity, tells, Entertainment Tonight in an interview airing Thursday and Friday.
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“It lowered my voice,” he says. “Fat redistributes, muscle growth, hair growth, sex drive increases.”
One thing that didn’t need changing: His mental and emotional concept of himself as fundamentally male.
“I always felt like the male from the time I was a child. There wasn’t much feminine about me,” he says. “I believe that gender is something between your ears, not between your legs. That is something I discovered in the early ’90s. It was just a long process of being comfortable enough to do something about it.”
It was turning the milestone age of 40 that spurred him to action.
“I was turning 40 and I thought it’s now or never. I want to still feel vibrant and be able to enjoy my life in a male body and not wait until I am an old man.”