Cher Why is She Playing Coy?

9/7/2011 5:30 PM PDT

Cher Playing Coy About Coming to See Chaz Bono on "Dancing with the Stars"

's rep is taking issue with a TMZ story, in which we said she's going to show up for at least one taping of "Dancing with the Stars" ... but we know that is precisely her plan.

Cher's rep, Liz Rosenberg, is saying Cher supports Chaz but has no plans to be at the show.

But here's the deal -- Cher's friends say that's not what the singer is saying.  Cher says she will indeed be at one of the tapings but doesn't want to make a big spectacle in advance, and that's why she won't say which day she'll show up to support her son.

Cher is saying it's important for her to show up to support Chaz, especially with the criticism over his participation on the show.