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10.30.2009

CHAZ BONO ON HIS FOUR YEAR RELATIONSHIP WITH GIRLFRIEND JENNIFER ELIA: "OUR RELATIONSHIP ALWAYS MODELED A HETEROSEXUAL RELATIONSHIP"

October 30, 2009 (Los Angeles, CA)-- ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT's MARY HART sat down exclusively with Chaz Bono at his Los Angeles home as he opens up for the first time about undergoing gender re-assignment surgery to become a man, for a new two-part interview that continues tonight, Friday, October 30th.

Chaz opens up about his relationship with Jennifer Elia, his girlfriend of four years. Chaz tells ET that Jennifer has been completely supportive through the entire process, "She's been amazing. I feel really grateful to be going through this with a partner."

He goes on to say that Jennifer knew about his intentions from the beginning of their relationship, "I didn't just spring this on Jennifer recently. This was something she knew about shortly after we met." Chaz says he and Jennifer met through mutual friends, "We got set up. I was having a barbecue and she came and never left."

When Mary asks Chaz if his transformation makes their relationship heterosexual, Chaz says, "Our relationship always modeled a heterosexual relationship, emotionally and intellectually. So now it does physically as well."

Chaz remains private about his mother Cher's feelings on his transformation, but does say, "The people in my life are just happy that I'm doing this and seeing the positive effect that it's having on me."