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Chaz Bono Admits Dad Sonny Used To Call Him 'Fred!' And, The Jolie-Pitts Call Shiloh, 'John!' Is There A Link?

Fri, May 27, 2011 11:17am EDT by 10 Comments

More similarities between Chaz and Shiloh are popping up. The son of Cher and Sonny Bono admits he used to like being called ‘Fred’ while growing up — as a girl. And we know Shiloh wants to be called ‘John.’

Brad Pitt confessed to Oprah in 2008 that his daughter Shiloh, 5, with Angelina Jolie, insists on being called John.  “John, I’m John,” he explained, “It’s a Peter Pan thing.” Well, it must have been a Flinstones thing for Chaz Bono, 42, when he grew up as Chasity, because he liked being called “Fred!”

Unlike mom Cher, Chaz’s father Sonny Bono didn’t see his daughter go through her gender-reassignment surgery. But apparently Sonny already had a male nickname for Chastity (now Chaz) when she was a young girl.

“He called me Fred,” Chaz tells Jay Leno on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

“We were in Palm Springs one weekend, and there was this toy store that I used to love to go. We were in there looking, I don’t know if it was mugs or key chains – stuff that had people’s name on them. They never had my name, so my dad said, ‘Pick a name – what do you think of Fred? And I apparently really liked it,’ Chaz adds. “It stuck for quite some time.”

And Shiloh, who Chaz hinted showed signs of being transgender, likes to be called by a boy’s name as well as dress like a boy. “…we’ve got to call her John. ‘Shi, do you want …’ – ‘John. I’m John,'” Brad explains of Shiloh’s nickname.

“And then I’ll say, ‘John, would you like some orange juice?’ And she goes, ‘No!'”

Do you think this hints at something or is Shiloh just being a typical tomboy? Share your thoughts!
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