Chastity Bono

Chastity Bono


3/4/1969, Los Angeles, California

Birth Name

Chastity Sun Bono



Also Known As

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Chastity Sun Bono was born on March 4, 1969, the daughter of singing superstars Sonny and Cher. She was named for the movie, Chastity, which her famous parents were producing at the time and for her father, Sonny. She made her first mark on the entertainment world when…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Chastity visited renowned psychic medium James Van Praagh to contact the spirit of her late father and her ex-lover Joan Stephens. She felt that contact had been made by both.

    • Chastity enjoys acting out Shakespeare, she played the role of Peter Quint in Midsummer Night's Dream while at the Performing Arts High School in New York City.

    • Chastity remains close with her Celebrity Fit Club buddies: Young MC, Tempest Bledsoe, and Bruce Vilanch.

    • Chastity got on a meal plan service after her weight loss on Celebrity Fit Club. They deliver her food, a combination of 'The Zone' and the 'Blood Type' diets. She doesn't eat flour or dairy, and mostly sticks with a protein rich, vegetable, and fruit diet.

    • Chastity battled with the pain of Endometriosis for years, and had her uterus removed in 2005 to stop the problem.

    • Chastity admits that she became addicted to the prescription painkillers that she received from her doctor, causing her to retreat from the media and contributed to her weight gain.

    • Chastity played percussion on Ringo Starr's last album.

    • Chastity was criticized by the gay community when she made comments about the television sitcom Ellen, stating that the show had become 'too gay'. This led to speculation that Chastity was a self-loathing lesbian, a rumor that she vehemently denies.

    • Chastity's book The End of The Innocence is a memoir detailing her outing, her music career, and her partner, Joan's death from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

    • Chastity serves as Entertainment Media Director for the 'Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation'.

    • Chastity would like to see Hillary Rodham Clinton as the first female President of the United States, and her mother, Cher, as her Vice President. She thinks her mother is perfect for the job, because she is honest and straight-forward.

    • Chastity rallied and campaigned for the re-election of Bill Clinton for the United States Presidency, as well as took a stance on being against the 'Defense of Marriage Act'.

    • Chastity became a spokesperson for the 'Human Rights Campaign' promoting 'National Coming Out Day'.

    • Chastity works as a writer for The Advocate, a national gay and lesbian magazine.

    • Chastity was 'outed' by Star magazine as a lesbian in January of 1990. She wasn't ready to deal with being 'out' to the world, so she denied the tabloid's accusations. She voluntarily came out in an interview with The Advocate in April of 1995.

    • Chastity always liked to perform, acting like she was onstage singing in the mirrors around the house, and for friends and family that would stop in.

    • Chastity's relationship with her father suffered after he took office as the Republican Congressman from California. The differences in their political views separated them, the two had not talked in more than a year when he died in a skiing accident.

    • Chastity was a tomboy as a young girl, insisting that she be dressed to match her father on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, rather than her mother.

    • Chastity and her mother are producers on a reality show called Family Outing on LOGO, Viacom's gay channel.

    • Chastity appeared as the group moderator on the infamous "coming out" episode on the show Ellen.

    • Chastity appeared in VH1's Celebrity Fit Club 3. She was the captain of her team, "Ebony Flame".

    • While she was watching the movie, Personal Best, Chastity realized that she was attracted to other women.

    • Chastity had breast reduction surgery to relieve back pain and discomfort.

    • Chastity was friends in high school with actress Jennifer Aniston.

    • Chastity Bono is credited as part of the cast of 2004's Fronterz.

    • Bono founded the band Ceremony as its singer, songwriter and percussionist. Geffen Records released the band's only album, Hang Out Your Poetry, in 1993. Shortly thereafter, the band was dropped from the label.

    • Like Cher, Chastity also has dyslexia.

    • When Cher found out that Chastity was a lesbian, she was angry and kicked Chas out of the house. Soon thereafter, she embraced her daughter and her choices. She has since become an avid supporter of gay rights.

    • Chastity graduated from the High School for Performing Arts in New York.

    • Bono is a member of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation as well as the Human Rights Campaign.

    • Chas has appeared in various national publications including the covers of Out and The Advocate magazines.

    • Chastity Bono has written two books: Family Outing and The End Of Innocence: A Memoir.

    • Chastity is the half-sister of Elijah Blue Allman, Cher's son by rocker Greg Allman.

    • Chastity Sun was named for a movie Cher did called Chastity and for her father, Sonny.

    • Chastity Bono is the daughter of actress/rocker Cher.

  • Quotes

    • Chastity: My mom has always been on my case about weight loss. I know that I am a heavy woman, but until I actually started to lose the weight, I didn't believe that it would enrich my life. It has. I am much happier now that I am not so weighed down.

    • Chastity: My father was my best friend, well...he still is. He was my support system when I came out to my family, and announced that I was a lesbian, encouraging me to not hide behind anyone or anything. I still ask his advice to this day, and believe that his answers surface in different ways.