THE patriarch of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians TV series and 1976 Olympic gold medallist Bruce Jenner has publicly confirmed he is a trans woman.
The revelation came in a tell-all interview with popular TV journalist Diane Sawyer, which was aired in a special edition of ABC’s 20/20 in the US a few hours ago.
“It’s not just the last few years they’ve been treating me as a joke.”
He also said how he hated the notion of being a “girl stuck in a guy’s body”.
“I am a person and this is who I am, I’m not stuck in anyone’s body,” Jenner said.
“My brain is much more female than it is male.”
To which Sawyer asked: “Are you a woman?”
Jenner responded: “For all intents and purposes, I am a woman.” (Editor’s note: At the time of print, Bruce Jenner did not explicitly indicate that a new name or pronoun be used).
Jenner went on to explain how he had been confused about his gender since a very young age and had a lonely childhood because of this.
“I’ve never fit in, when you’re dealing with this issue, you don’t fit in,” Jenner said.
“I look at men all the time and think how lucky are they that they can wake up every day and be themselves.”
When asked why he wanted to transition from male to female at 65, Jenner responded: “Bruce is a lie, ‘she’ is not a lie, I can’t do it anymore.”
At this point in the interview, Jenner untied his ponytail and let the hair fall on his shoulders.
Jenner went on to recall moments when his two youngest daughters, Kylie and Kendall, and oldest stepdaughter Kim Kardashian, had caught him cross-dressing on separate occasions.
“It was like a big secret in the family that we never talked about,” he said.
Nonetheless, when Jenner finally came out to Kardashian/Jenner clan, while it was not perfect the whole family was generally supportive. Jenner said Kanye West also helped his wife Kim come to terms with it.
In addition to the Kardashian stepdaughters and three children he has with ex-wife Kris, Jenner also has four other children from previous marriages: Burt, Casey, Sam and Brody.
Jenner also revealed that one of his divorces was partly because of his gender struggles, and that during the 1980s, he took hormones but did not transition.
When Sawyer asked what his new female name would be, Jenner declined to answer, citing how the media would not leave him alone about it if he did.
During the interview, TV network E! announced a documentary series about Jenner’s transition, which will premiere on July 26.
Meanwhile, Jenner’s interview with Sawyer was met with praise on Twitter:
Bruce Jenner is a beautiful, brave human being. Sending him lots of love. He’s saving lives and opening minds tonight.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 25, 2015
Big love to #BruceJenner. I hope lots of friends are in his/her* future ❤️ *Bruce is still using male pronouns
— Clementine Ford (@clementine_ford) April 25, 2015
Sending lots of love and support to #BruceJenner and their family tonight. It is always brave to stand in one’s truth. Congrats darling.
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) April 25, 2015
Great education for America. Bruce Jenner using his story. Diane Sawyer at her best. You couldn’t help but be moved. #BruceJennerInterview
— Mike Signorile (@MSignorile) April 25, 2015
— Brendan Maclean (@macleanbrendan) April 25, 2015
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) April 25, 2015
— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) April 25, 2015
— Miranda Blu (@Miranda_Blu) April 25, 2015
— Ashley Parker (@fleuredeflorida) April 25, 2015
The #BruceJenner interview is perhaps the best done thing on trans issues I’ve seen in mainstream TV media. I’m honestly shocked and amazed.
— noah michelson (@noahmichelson) April 25, 2015