Cher Fears Son Chaz Bono Is Binging On Booze And Painkillers
CHAZ BONO’s weight has ballooned to a deadly 345 pounds as he faces a terrifying relapse into a nightmare world of drug-and-alcohol abuse that could cost him his life. The 43-year-old gay rights activist is planning to complete his transsurgery, but fears the powerful painkillers required could plunge him back into his old life-threatening addictions.
His distraught mom Cher is begging her 5-foot-5 son to avoid the penile construction surgery and assured him: “You’re great the way you are – you’re already a man,” disclosed an insider. The “Dancing with the Stars” standout had a scary relapse once before and has admitted: “I’m always afraid when I know I have to take painkillers because that’s my drug of choice and there’s always a risk of relapse.”
The crusader for trans acceptance was plagued by horrendous addictions for 10 years – suffering blackouts, bouts of vomiting and bizarre hallucinations. But he’s afraid if he follows his mother’s advice and scraps the “bottom surgery,” he’ll never feel like a real man and will have to endure a hellish identity crisis, say sources. The torment is tearing him apart – and his 66-year-old superstar mom is desperately trying to steer him through the crisis. The singer rescued a depressed and drug-addicted Chaz from suicide in 2002, and two years later, she placed him in rehab after he hit rock bottom with his drinking and drug problem.
“She dreads going through that ordeal again if Chaz relapses after the risky surgery,” said the insider. “And with his ballooning weight, Cher’s petrified Chaz is on the verge of a catastrophic stroke or heart attack.”
In late 2011, while studying the final stage of the trans procedure, he acknowledged its dangers. “It’s a big surgery and it’s not totally perfected, and I want to really make sure 100 percent that the procedure I decide to do is the right one for me.”
Poor thang. Hopefully “he” will figure things out.