01/06/2012 09:27 am ET Updated Mar 07, 2012

Chaz Bono Eager To Start Dating Again As Guy

It would be a normal tale of moving on, save for a minor twist: Chaz Bono is excited to start dating again, but this time, as a man. The "Dancing with the Stars" contestant split from longtime girlfriend Jennifer Elia in December 2011 -- just a year and a half after he had undergone gender reassignment surgery. For 42-year-old Bono, it also means that he is now hitting the single market for the first time as a man.

But when speaking to People magazine recently about dating and dancing, he seemed blithely unconcerned about the details.

"People focus on what's between your legs … If I never have bottom surgery [the procedure by which a penis is created], I'm fine. I feel 100 percent male as I am," Bono said.

That doesn't mean that Bono isn't entirely dismissing the idea of undergoing surgery. In an interview with Rolling Stone recently, Bono said he was saving money for a metoidioplasty procedure and discussed his specific options.

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CORRECTION: In a previous version of this story, we incorrectly stated that Chaz Bono was Cher's only son. She has another son, Elijah Blue Allman. The story has been updated to reflect the correction.