IF YOU'RE OLD enough to remember the old "Sonny & Cher Show," you might recall they used to occasionally bring out their cute, little blond moppet of a daughter, Chastity Bono.
Make that Mr. Chastity Bono.
According to TMZ.com, Chastity/ Chaz, best known for her civil-rights advocacy, is in the early stages of changing gender - transitioning from female to male.
She began the process earlier this year, shortly after she turned 40.
(Some women will do anything to avoid menopause.)
"Yes, it's true - Chaz, after many years of consideration, has made the courageous decision to honor his true identity," Bono's publicist, Howard Bragman, said.
"He is proud of his decision and grateful for the support and respect that has already been shown by his loved ones. It is Chaz's hope that his choice to transition will open the hearts and minds of the public regarding this issue, just as his 'coming out' did nearly 20 years ago.
"We ask that the media respect Chaz's privacy during this long process as he will not be doing any interviews at this time."
Tattle always loves the irony of a publicist asking the media to give a client privacy.
There's usually an usher at a wedding, but at a divorce?
In Touch reports that Usher and his relatively new bride, Tameka Foster, are calling it quits on their marriage.
"The Grammy winner has been living apart from his wife for nearly a year after almost two years of marriage," an anonymous insider, who oddly referred to Usher as "the Grammy winner" told In Touch. "Usher's primary concern is for his children (Usher Raymond V, 18 months, and Naviyd, 6 months). He is a great father and just wants to do what is right for them."
Divorce papers were allegedly filed in Atlanta yesterday morning.
* Maybe this particular "Wife
Swap" should have lasted a little longer.
Jamie Czerniawski, a New Jersey mother who once was featured on the idiotic ABC reality show in an episode in which she traded places with a mom from Arizona who was a tattooed freak-show performer, has been accused of stabbing her husband, Charles, on Memorial Day.
She told the New York Post it was self-defense. Her husband's lawyer says it wasn't.
Jamie was charged in Monmouth County with aggravated assault and is free on $75,000 bail.
* What's Peter Paul and no Mary?
a) The maker of Almond Joy.
b) Two saints in search of a sinner.
c) What you'll be getting at the Kimmel Center Sunday night - Mary Travers has had to cancel due to a respiratory infection.
Peter Yarrow and Noel (Paul) Stookey will perform as a duo as a tribute to their nearly 50-year collaboration with Mary, but full refunds will be available for those ticket-holders who want them.
* Another day, another day in
custody for druggie/rocker Pete Doherty.
British police said he was charged yesterday with drunken driving, drug possession and driving without a valid license or insurance.
Doherty was allegedly driving erratically in Gloucester, about 100 miles west of London.
He probably thought he was in London.
Could someone please get him off the streets before he kills someone?
* Malawi's highest court plans
to announce today whether Madonna can adopt a second child from the impoverished southern African country, her lawyer, Alan Chinula, said yesterday.
We thought Madonna had moved on to a new African country.
* The Hollywood Reporter says
Penn alum Gary Ross ("Seabiscuit") has been brought on to adapt a biopic about Lance Armstrong.
The movie will be based on Armstrong's first book (with Sally Jenkins),"It's Not About the Bike," which traces his story from his difficult Texas upbringing, his cancer diagnosis in 1996, his relationship to his first wife, the birth of their child and his remarkable comeback that saw him win the Tour de France in 1999.
* It's a good thing Joy Behar
has a big mouth.
The longtime co-host of "The View" plans to gab for a second hour every day with "The Joy Behar Show" on cable's HLN.
Behar's new show will be a talk-and-interview hour airing nightly at 9, following the "Nancy Grace Show."
So now instead of subbing for Larry King, Behar will be competing against him.
Subbing for Behar will be Fred Armisen. *
Daily News wire services contributed to this report.
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