He told Cher first. "I said, 'I need to come over and talk to you,'" he says. "I just said, 'I've been struggling with these issues around my gender identity for a long time, and I've made the decision that I'm going to transition and this is something I have to do.' And she was unbelievably cool."
About a month after Chaz began receiving testosterone injections, he says his mother started pulling away. "When my voice started to change, I think, is when it really hit her," he says.
Chaz and Cher attended a counseling session, which Chaz says ended badly. "I just realized that she was really having a hard time with all of this," he says. "The hard thing for my mom, I think, is that because she's a public figure and because she has this personality of kind of being so cool about stuff and progressive, people forget that she's a parent."