September 22, 2011 5:51am PT by Lindsay Powers
'The Talk:' Chaz Bono Says Mom Cher 'Cried' After 'DWTS'
Cher got emotional after watching her son Chaz Bono perform for the first time on Dancing With the Stars.
"She was so proud," Bono said on CBS' The Talk Wednesday. "She cried when she saw it. She’s been so supportive, and I’ve been having really bad problems with my knees and ankles and she sent somebody over to work on me last night, which was really great because I do need all the help I can get at this point.”
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Bono says his mom "will come" to watch him compete on the ABC reality show, "but she’s very sensitive and knows if she came the first night she could’ve overshadowed my performance and she didn’t want to do that."
Bono says his mom was "pretty shocked" after watching his first dance with partner Lacey Schwimmer.
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"I think she was very supportive but a little surprised because I’m just not known as the performer guy in the family," he says.
As for his take on his first performance, Bono says, "I kind of felt like I was in a bubble, to be honest. I mean, I was just focusing on Lacey and remembering what to do."
He admitted to guest host Kris Jenner that he was "counting a little bit."
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Added Schwimmer, "I was yelling at him, ‘Smile!’”
"I had little stupid things in my head like ‘pretty hands’ and ‘point foot here’ and that kind of stuff," he went on.
Bono also discussed the controversy of his casting on the show, as he was born Chastity Bono and is transgendered, sparking outcry among some conservative groups.
"I think kids are really smart and very open minded, and so if you just explain things to them in an open way, they’re usually very understanding about it," says Bono.
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Speaking for his partner and himself, Bono added, "I think for both of us, neither of us paid attention to the critics. But the positive response we have gotten because of what the critics started has been so overwhelming that that’s been really inspirational. I want to do a good job for all the people who just have been so supportive of us.”
"I think the longer I stay on, the more I can help my community, so I would love to win it but really I’m going to take it one show at a time and try to do my best and hope that I can stay on as long as possible, but I’m having a great time.”