Tuesday, December 20, 2011

It's over: Chaz Bono and Jennifer Elia call off engagement after 12 years together

-Chaz tweets they are still on good terms and have 'nothing but respect' for each other

By Leah Simpson

It's over: Chaz Bono and Jennifer Elia have called off their engagement

Chaz Bono and fiancée Jennifer Elia have called off their engagement.

The couple - who have dated since 1999 - have not only cancelled plans to get hitched but have decided to end their relationship entirely.

His spokesperson Howard Bragman said today: ‘They leave this relationship with great love, respect and affection toward one another.

'No further amplification will be forthcoming and they ask that you respect their privacy at this time.'

Earlier today, Chaz tweeted: 'Thanks for your concern about our separation. I'm doing fine, and we remain on good terms with nothing but respect and affection 4 eachother.'

Just last month singer Cher’s transgender son, was shown popping the question during his one-hour TV-show special Being Chaz, which aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

The programme was a follow-up to his Emmy-nominated documentary Becoming Chaz which focused on his transition from female to male.

Elia - who writing a book - supported the 42-year-old during his gender reassignment process and later said she found her partner 'more attractive' as a man.

She said that their intimate relationship as 'straight couple' improved 'for the good.'

Doing fine: Chaz Bono tweeed about the break up earlier this afternoon

Will you marry me? The transgender man popped the question in front of cameras for his TV show Being Chaz

Chaz, who is now almost four years into the transition, also agreed that the couple were enjoying a healthy sex life.

'We feel very lucky,' he told Piers Morgan in May.

She was also regularly seen cheering him on from the audience during his time on Dancing With The Stars earlier this year.

But Elia revealed that the process of dealing with Chaz's transition was difficult at times, admitting that she started drinking again when he told her that he made the final decision about changing genders.

Amicable split: The pair are said to still have a great amount of love and affection for each other

'Well I can't blame it solely on Chaz's transition, my sobriety has always been a problem,' she told Morgan during the same May interview.

'When he told me about this, I used it as a pass to fall off the wagon which is what alcoholics tend to do.'

'I was sober when we meet, when things go bad I drink. When Chaz told me about this, I told him I needed a drink.'

Elia said she was a year and two months sober, and that she felt that the transition had become easier for the couple.

'Things have levelled out,' she said.

Chaz is the only child of American artists Sonny and Cher although both have offspring from other relationships.

Dancing With The Stars: Chaz brought transgender issues to the forefront by appearing on DWTS but left his partner Jennifer fearing for his life



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