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Chaz Bono and Jennifer Elia have called off engagement, split up

December 19, 2011 |  6:20 pm


Chaz Bono and Jennifer Elia have called off their engagement -- in fact, after six years together, they've called off their whole relationship.

"Thanks for your concern about our separation," the "Dancing With the Stars" contestant and transgender activist wrote Monday on Twitter. "I'm doing fine, and we remain on good terms with nothing but respect and affection 4 each other."

The couple had been engaged for two years, but a spotlight was trained on them recently before the Nov. 28 air date of the documentary "Being Chaz," which included a scene in which Bono, 42, had finally presented Elia with a diamond ring.

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"Being Chaz" was a follow-up to "Becoming Chaz," the Emmy-nominated documentary that followed the transgender process of the former Chastity Bono. Bono and Elia -- who has said she's bisexual -- had previously put off getting married until Bono's transgender process was completed.

The only child of Sonny Bono and Cher, who was declared a man in May 2010, lasted six weeks on the most recent "DWTS" cycle.

Though Elia stayed with Bono through "DWTS" and through the "Being Chaz" air date, we can't help but think of Paris Hilton, who confirmed that her relationship with Cy Waits had been kaput for a while, with that detail being kept (strategically?) mum until right after a drama-queen episode of "The World According to Paris" in which she'd slapped her beloved in the face.

Waits was "not used to this lifestyle, the media and being on a show," an E! News source said in explaining the reportedly mutual and amicable split. Elia had to handle those pressures as well, with the added challenge of helping her girlfriend become her boyfriend along the way.

That said, in Waits' defense, Elia wasn't called upon to hold any knife-wielding "fans" at gunpoint until the cops showed up.


Chaz Bono speaks out -- in a much lower voice

Cha-cha-chatting with Chaz Bono after his 'DWTS' debut [Video]

Chaz Bono puts a ring on it, icing his engagement to fiancee Jennifer Elia

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Jennifer Elia and Chaz Bono in September. Credit: Noel Vasquez / Getty Images