Sunday, April 26, 2015

Bruce Jenner: Yes, I am a woman

Bruce speaks for the first time about his journey to ABC News' Diane Sawyer.



Note: Bruce said in the interview that we can use the pronouns him and he.

Olympic champion and current television star Bruce Jenner talked about his gender transition journey in a tell-all interview with journalist Diane Sawyer on Friday, April 24 (Saturday, April 25 in Manila).

“For all intents and purposes, I am a woman,” confirmed Bruce when asked by Diane.

"People look at me differently. They see you as this 'macho male.' But my heart and my soul and everything I do in life.. it is part of me. That female side is part of me. That's who I am."

He said it's difficult to admit at first because he "doesn't wanna disappoint people."

The former Olympian also said that he's been running away "from all this stuff," and said that he's been stuck.

"Here I am stuck. I hate the word 'girl stuck in a guy's body.' My brain is much more female than it is male."

His mother was worried that maybe she caused the transition, but Bruce said that it's going to be okay because he was born that way already.

He was about 8 or 9 years old when he did that, either going into his mother's closet or his sister's. But when asked if he remembered the exact dress, he said no.

"I marked the closet so when I put it back, I could put it all back, everything back in the same spot so I wouldn’t get caught."

Bruce also clarified that he's not "gay."

"No, I'm not gay. I'm not gay. I am, as far as I know, heterosexual. I've never been with a guy. I've always been married, raising kids."

Diane also explained that according to transgender people and experts, gender and sexual desire are two different things.

Bruce also talked about the one time his stepdaughter Kim Kardashian saw him in a dress.

"Kim caught me one time [in a dress]."

But when asked by Diane about what Kim's reaction was, he said, "Well, she kinda walked out, jumped in the car, and went for a ride. And I tried to call her and say, 'Hey, you okay?'"

"It was like this big secret in the family that we never talked about again."

Kim also had an initially hard time accepting her father's change, but husband and rapper Kanye West told her about his reaction.

According to Bruce, Kanye said, "I could be married to the most beautiful woman in the world, and I am. I could have the most beautiful daughter in the world, and I have that. But I’m nothing if I can’t be me. If I can’t be true to myself, they don’t mean anything."

Bruce's son Brandon also talked about his dad on the show.

"I saw a sense of bravery, that, for all your previous accomplishments – I think, far exceeds all of them."

Bruce also talked about telling his older kids.

He said he was terrified of telling them at first, because he might hurt them.

A series of promos leading up to the show featured Bruce talking to Diana, saying that 2015 will be a rollercoaster ride of a year.

Speculation that the actor, race-car enthusiast, and 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics decathlon gold medallist is undergoing a gender change has been rich fodder for supermarket tabloids for months, but Bruce wished to only speak about the journey on the show.

Born outside New York in October 1949, thrice-married Jenner became an American sports hero when he set a world record with his Montreal decathlon victory.

Leveraging his fame, he appeared on boxes of Wheaties, a popular American cereal known as "the breakfast of champions," then tried his hand as a movie actor, with less than stellar results.

He did better on television, appearing in the 1980s police series CHiPs and sitcom Silver Spoons among other shows, and in 2003 the American version of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

But it was through his marriage to the former Kris Kardashian that he once again became a household name in Keeping Up with the Kardashians in which he appeared as the sometimes bemused stepfather of her flamboyant daughters Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe.

-shaw

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