Back in 2005, Ciara Harris was an 18-year-old who performed under the stage name of Ciara and was dubbed the First Lady of
She was beautiful and talented. And around that time someone tied a salacious rumor to her — that she was born male but had been altered through surgical means to have the appearance of a female:
I have been hearing from many people that the hip-hop artist Ciara used to be a man and had to have a sex change. Even more, I heard that she stated it on national televison!
There has been rumor around the internet that hip-hop artist, Ciara, was once a hermaphrodite until the age of 11, when she had surgery to remove her male “appendages.”
I have heard a rumor that the R&B star, Ciara, was born male. That he/she decided that he wanted to be a female at the age of 5, and his mother let him grow his hair out. I was told that he had surgery, so he no longer has a penis. And apparently he/she was on Oprah having an in depth conversation about it, along with discussing it in a magazine article.
This rumor hit our inbox in a number of forms:
- Ciara came into the world as a male, but somewhere along the way either she or her parents decided she should become a girl, with surgery performed on her to bring about this transformation.
- She was born male but a botched circumcision did irreparable harm to her manly parts, so her parents opted to have what was left of her gentialia converted to feminine form.
- She started life as an intersexual, a person of mixed genders. A surgical solution was sought on her behalf to correct her body to being wholly one gender rather than a mixture of the two.
(NOTE: ‘Intersexual’ is the preferred medical term for persons of ambiguous gender, replacing ‘hermaphrodite.’)
- Ciara herself voiced this startling disclosure on national television, with the Oprah Winfrey Show often named as the venue in which she made this revelation.
The assertion that Ciara announced her transformation from male to female on the Oprah Winfrey Show is false: we found no record of her ever having appeared as a guest on that program at the time this rumor was current. Many urban legends that feature a shocking revelation being made on a television show identify Oprah’s as the one where it was voiced (e.g., designer
The singer herself denied the rumor, with the New York Daily News quoting her as saying
R&B sensation Ciara just wants everyone to know: She’s all woman. “You know what’s funny? The rumor that I used to be a man,” she told us at the launch party for Vibe Vixen magazine at Frederick’s.
“They said Oprah said that on her show,” she laughed. “I’ve never been on Oprah in my
life — weall know I have years before I go on Oprah, so come on!”
Confusion between the songstress Ciara and a transsexual in Ireland who shares that name name may well have worked to create this rumor. Ireland’s Ciara was born in 1968 (about
Online searches for ‘ciara’ quickly found the Irish Ciara’s web page, which chronicled her experience of being surgically regendered. Perhaps the rumor about a talented young singer therefore properly lay at the feet of someone who could not conceive of there being more than one person in the world bearing that particular given name.
Degrees of intersexuality vary in intensity from presence of an additional
According to Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling, a recognized expert in this field of study, 1-1/2 to
If the issue hadn’t been settled by then, Ciara’s pregnancy in 2014 should have put this particular rumor to rest.