Bruce Jenner Considers Himself A Woman – But He isn’t Gay (video)

It was the tell-all interview to end all tell-all interviews: Bruce Jenner opening up to Diane Sawyer about his transition to living as a woman. Members of the Kardashian-Jenner clan — who aren’t exactly known for being tight-lipped — have been almost exclusively silent on the subject, though rumors have been swirling for years.

Sawyer met with Jenner at his California home. The former Olympian was nervous and emotional at first, stopping for tissues just a few minutes into their chat. But as soon as he began to really open up, the nerves melted away and Jenner hit his stride. The result was a special that showed the audience that just because a man has been on a hit reality TV show for eight years doesn’t mean we know much about him at all. So, what did this two hours of television teach us that 500-plus episodes of Keeping Up With the Kardashians didn’t?

Asked if he considered himself a woman, Jenner didn’t miss a beat. “Yes, for all intents and purposes, I am a woman,” he began. “People look at me differently. They see me as a macho male, but my heart and my soul and everything that I do in life — it is part of me, that female side is part of me, that’s who I am. I was genetically born that way.”

He went on to clarify the technical side of things. “As of now, I have all the male parts and all that kind of stuff,” he explained before adding that he still identifies as female, “That’s very hard for Bruce Jenner to say. Why? Because I don’t want to disappoint people.”

When Sawyer started tap dancing around the subject of his sexuality, Jenner jumped in before she had to spit out the question. “No, I’m not gay,” he quipped with a smile. “I’m not gay. I am, as far as I know, heterosexual.”

Sawyer raised a brow as she asked him to clarify what he meant by that but he didn’t seem the least bit bothered. “I’ve never been with a guy,” he shrugged. “I’ve always been married raising kids. ”

3. He considered suicide.

Recalling some painful encounters with the paparazzi, the reality star admitted there were times when he thought suicide would be the “easiest thing.” He described his thoughts when he was in that dark place: “Go in the room. Get a gun. Boom! Pain’s over. It’s done. Go to a better place.”

4. He started taking hormones in the 1980s, but stopped after meeting Kris Jenner.

Bruce also revealed that he had started the transition process in the ’80s. He had facial plastic surgery, electrolysis to get rid of his facial hair, and began estrogen hormone treatment. Then he met Kris Jenner and decided not to go through with it — though he didn’t say she was the exact reason for backing out.

“I had been on hormones for five years and I was a really solid 36B something and you really can’t hide those things,” he laughed. “And [Kris] goes, ‘Well, OK, you like to wear women’s clothes.’ And I kind of downplayed it some. I feel in a lot of ways that when you love somebody you don’t want to hurt them.”

5. If Kris Jenner had been OK with his transition, they’d “probably” still be married.

“I loved Kris. I had a wonderful life with her. I learned a lot from her. That’s what you like in a relationship — to be able to learn from the person you’re with,” he explained of his union with his third wife. “Kris is a good woman. I’ve got no complaints with her. She’s a good person. Honestly, if she had been really good with it and understanding of it, we’d probably still be together.”
6. Kim, Kylie, and Kendall all caught him dressed as a woman at one point.

Bruce admitted that over the years, Kim, Kendall, and Kylie all caught him dressed as a woman. “Kim caught me one time — walked in,” he said with a shrug. Asked what her reaction was, the 65-year-old mused, “She walked out and jumped in the car and went for a ride” before adding that this was simply a subject that no one in the family talked about.

Another time, Kendall and Kylie inadvertently saw their father posing in front of their full-length mirror in a dress via their computer cam. (One of them had thought the other was stealing her clothes and had set the camera up to catch her sister red-handed.)

Kim credits Kanye with her breakthrough on this topic. “They were talking about it and he says to Kim ‘Look, I can be married to the most beautiful in the world, and I am. I can have the most beautiful daughter in the world. 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.'”

Apparently that really resonated with the Kardashian superstar, who went on to tell Bruce, “If you’re doing this thing, I’m helping you. You’re representing the family. You’ve got to look really good.”


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