Cher opens up in the new Vanity Fair about her son Chaz (formerly Chastity), who completed gender reassignment surgery last year. She also talks about aging, politics and her turbulent marriage to Sonny.
Here are some highlights, pick up the issue on newsstands Thursday.
On supporting Chaz:
"If I woke up tomorrow in a guy's body, I would just kick and scream and cry and fucking rob a bank, because I cannot see myself as anything but who I am--a girl. I would not take it as well as Chaz has. I couldn't imagine it."
On getting used to the transition:
"She's a very smart girl--boy! This is where I get into trouble. My pronouns are fucked. I still don't remember to call her 'him.'"
On whether her children are still angry at her:
"I think Chaz is pretty much finished with it, and I think Elijah has a little longer to go, but they both really love me a lot. But it's hard... One time, when Chaz was little, we were on a field trip, and she said, 'I'm so pissed off, Mom. You can never not be Cher--we can never just do something.'" She concludes, "So your kids pay. I did the best I could do, and yet it was definitely lacking."