Singer Cher and her lesbian daughter Chastity Bono are to co-host a new reality television show aimed at helping people to come out of the closet, according to reports in the US.

Chastity, whose late father Sonny Bono was Cher’s husband and musical collaborator and a former member of the US House of Representatives, is a leading LGBT rights activist.

She was outed by a tabloid newspaper in 1990 when she was 21 years old and initially denied her sexuality.

Cher reportedly “went ballistic” when her daughter came out to her.

“For (my mother), it was very much of a parental thing,” Chastity Bono told CNN in 1998.

“She would have liked a little girl who would have liked to play dress-up in her closet. I was not one of them.

“I think she had certain expectations, hopes and dreams of what her child’s life would be, and she wanted it to be as smooth and easy as possible.”

Despite her initial reaction, Cher has become supportive of Chastity, and in the show ‘Coming Out With Cher and Chas they will help gay and lesbian people come out to friends and family.