Many people have gotten to know Chaz through his mother’s fame and success. He was often accompanying her throughout her various tours and performances and has been a close friend of hers for a long time. Her second son, Elijah Blue Allman, isn’t nearly as known or popular, perhaps because she attempted to guard him against the press a lot more than her older son. Elijah was born on July 10, 1976, just two and a half years before the actress divorced her then-husband Gregg Allman.
Elijah’s story was a lot more problematic than that of Chaz, who ended up having two great parents that eventually managed to settle their differences. Despite having a rocky start, both Sonny and Cher were loving parents and their dramas quickly subsided once he was just a few years old. Elijah’s life, on the other hand, became rather successful in music, but also encountered a lot of issues with narcotics along the way.
From Chastity to Chaz
Chaz was scared that Cher would not take the news of his situation well, and admits that it was a difficult transition, especially in the media under public scrutiny.
Chaz managed to make a full transition by May 6, 2010, and is now considered legally to be a man. Despite initially having trouble embracing her son’s identity, Cher is now a strong supporter of LGBTQ rights.
The Nickname That Stuck
Despite Sonny dying more than a decade before his son came out as a transgender man, there may have been signs early on that this was the right thing for him. Chaz likes to look back and tell the story of the time his father took him to a toy store, and how he ended up getting the nickname “Fred”, which stuck to him for many years after. The two were looking for a keychain with Chaz’s name, which was Chastity at the time. Unfortunately they couldn’t find one, so the young girl decided to go for “Fred” instead. She apparently liked the nickname so much that it ended up sticking to her for many years to come, which might be an indication of her transgender inclinations right from the start.
It’s unclear whether Sonny would have supported his son’s transition into the person he believed he was meant to be. Most of his behavior over the years with Cher had been mostly judgmental and manipulative. Despite his flaws in his early days, perhaps he did manage to change and become a better person. Luckily, Sonny was presiding and representing Los Angeles as a politician at the time, which meant that he was at least aware of the LGBTQ population enough to have a hunch regarding his son’s sexuality.
Supporting His Mother’s Career and Vice Versa
When Elijah was just 13 years old, she already included him in her tour as a supporting guitarist. He turned out to be a very good musician, almost a natural talent like his parents, so she also included him in the music video for her hit single, ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’.
Elijah got a chance to play with various successful bands, such as Thirty Seconds to Mars and Sugar Ray. He even ended up starting his own industrial rock/metal band in 1995 called ‘Deadsy’, which gained quite a bit of traction due to his association with Cher.
Getting Married Behind His Mother’s Back
Elijah and Cher never really had a good relationship. Between her bad marriage decisions and many professional challenges, it almost seems like the young singer just didn’t have time for her child. Despite helping support his career by including him in various tours, Elijah just couldn’t communicate with his mother properly. In addition to their poor communications, Elijah felt that there was no point in discussing his relationships or getting marriage advice from his mother, owing to her lousy record in both.
When he met Mariangela King, an English singer, the young rock singer felt that she was the right one for him.. In December 2013, Elijah decided to elope and get married behind his mother’s back. Apparently he didn’t even invite her to the wedding, which undoubtedly made her feel either angry and sad.