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When Two Musicians Breed: A Brief History of Rock-Star Kids

Lady Gaga in drag? Meh. Kanye and Jay-Z bro-ing it up live? Not that groundbreaking. Justin Bieber’s pet snake, Johnson? Blech. Last week’s MTV Video Music Awards didn’t do much for us, but there was one redeeming moment — when we found out that Beyoncé was pregnant. Even those of us who don’t live vicariously through the tabloid-chronicled personal lives of pop stars couldn’t help but be excited for hip-hop’s first couple. Of course, they’re hardly the first pair of musicians who have spawned. Our brief history of kids with two rock-star parents, from Chaz Bono to Kelis and Nas’ son, is after the jump.

Cher and Sonny Bono

Son: Chaz Bono (born March 4, 1969)

The only child of Sonny and Cher has led a fascinating — and also difficult — life. Born biologically female and originally named Chastity, Bono came out as a lesbian in 1995 and wrote about the experience in the memoir Family Outing. Then, in 2008, he began a very public gender transition, renaming himself Chaz and participating in a film that documented his sex change. Although both Sonny and Cher both initially had difficulty with Chaz’s sexual orientation, and he was estranged from his father at the time of Sonny’s death, Cher has become her son’s biggest advocate. In fact, she recently lashed out via Twitter at those who aren’t happy that Chaz will compete in the next season of Dancing with the Stars, writing: “Mothers don’t stop getting angry with stupid bigots who fuck with their children!”

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