Groundbreaking Moments From Bruce Jenner’s Interview: “Her” Life Mission As Transgender Revealed!

Posted on Apr 25 2015 - 5:30am by Dani-K

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Many of you know Bruce Jenner as the dad on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Long before that, in 1976, Bruce was an Olympic gold medal winner. He was an American hero, the guy on the Wheaties box, named the greatest athlete in the world. The Diane Sawyer interview was a touching farewell to Bruce Jenner. Sort of like watching a living funeral, he said this would be the last time we would see Bruce before he reemerges as “her.” The new name is never revealed, for now, Bruce wanted to protect it.

As Bruce and Diane sat down, immediately he was on the verge of tears from the weight of his announcement. He’s been thinking of this day forever, wondering how to tell his story. Bruce asks that we keep an open mind and sense of humor. Since the age of eight, when he secretly tried on his sister’s dress, Bruce has known the truth about himself. The truth is, he has the brain and soul of a female. His fear of dying before exploring this side of him makes it impossible to continue to live a lie. His only concern was to not hurt his family.

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Bruce looks back at the Montreal Olympics as a man, “scared and running for his life.” Trying so hard to be person, the man, everyone thought he was. At the time, Bruce was married to first wife, Chrystie, who eventually learned of his need to cross-dress. They had two kids, but after seven years, Bruce fell in love with second wife, Linda. It was explained that Bruce desires women, though he isn’t a lesbian, nor has he ever been with a man. Confused? Here’s what the professionals say it boils down to:

Desire: “Who you go to bed with”

Gender: “Who you go to bed as”

In the 1980’s, after his second marriage ended, Bruce began hormone therapy, transitioning into a woman. If he was out of town giving a motivational speech, he often put on a dress and went out. Five years later, Bruce “lost his nerve” and stopped the hormones. Enter, Kris Kardashian. When they met, Bruce said it was electric. He also said Kris knew about the hormones and the cross-dressing all along. In fact, when the two met, Bruce had small breasts. Sixteen years into the marriage, the juggernaut show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” entered the world, trapping him. The irony is, the entire time they were filming (8 years / 425 episodes) Bruce knew he was the one with the most interesting storyline. But he couldn’t tell it.

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Bruce has six biological kids and four step-kids and still wishes to be called, “Dad.” After 23 years, the marriage between Kris and Bruce crumbled. Bruce said they’d still be together “if Kris would have been able to deal with it.” And as we know, Kris was not able to deal and they separated. ABC News reached out to all of Bruce’s ex wives for comment, only Chrystie and Linda gave their full support; Kris had no comment. When word of the Adam’s apple operation leaked, outing Bruce, he briefly considered suicide, but now sees this as his mission and what he was put on earth to do.

Although all of Bruce’s children are said to be supportive, only his four oldest biological children participated in the Diane Sawyer interview. Of the Kardashian’s, the most supportive is Kim. The person struggling the most is Khloe. Kylie and Kendall have said, “If he’s happy, we’re happy.” Turns out, years ago, Kim saw Bruce in a dress, though they never really discussed it. Kim’s epiphany of support came with the help of husband, Kanye West. Simply put, nothing matters if you can’t be yourself. Since then, Kim has given Bruce the advice, “Girl, you gotta rock it.” If nothing else, the Kardashian’s will make sure that Bruce is one hell of a fashionista. Kim tweeted her support during the interview, “Your honesty has opened the doors for others to be courageous and live an authentic life! #respect #hero #family,” along with a poignant photo of her and Bruce.

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A new docu-series by E! will begin in July and follow Bruce’s process of his transition. He doesn’t consider himself a spokesperson, but wants to help the community and save lives since suicide and murder occur regularly in the transgender community. As for whether he’ll fully transition, Bruce hasn’t decided yet. First he must live one year as a woman. And for now, Bruce isn’t thinking about romantic relationships, he just wants to enjoy life. A portion of the press release states,

“Ground-Breaking, Authentic, Eight-Part One-Hour Documentary Series Premieres Sunday, July 26 at 9:00pmET/PT on E! Please note, at this time, Bruce Jenner is choosing to not live publicly in the media as a woman and will be referred to as Bruce Jenner and with male pronouns in this announcement. Bruce is incredibly courageous and an inspiration, and we are proud to be entrusted with this deeply personal and important story,” said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, E! This series will present an unfiltered look as Bruce boldly steps into uncharted territory and is true to himself for the first time.”

That evening, Bruce wore a black dress and dined with Sawyer. No cameras were present, no photos were taken. Sawyer said that Bruce “looked great and really happy.” His sister Pam and 89 year-old mom love Bruce and fully support him. The farewell interview to Bruce had a somber tone, but there was a hopeful ending, and for “her” an optimistic beginning.

*During the interview, Diane Sawyer briefly mentioned the tragic auto accident Bruce Jenner was involved in last February. Due to pending investigation, Bruce could not talk about it. Sawyer reported that Bruce told the entire story to ABC News. Diane was “devastated” by his account.

 

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  • Jennymckitty

    This interview was so much better than I thought it would be. I am glad that I watched. It was touching, respectful, informative and Bruce handled himself beautifully.

    • Morning Jenny! I agree with you, Bruce was very candid. I was shocked he admitted to being transgender and didn’t pussy-foot around the subject. I was stunned by all his revelations.

      • nan/4

        Hiya Doc. I hope that you and yours have been well. 🙂

        • Hi Nan! Sorry for my late response. I’ve been running around all day. Finally back home and catching up. Hope all is well on your end with you and the family.

          • nan/4

            No problemo Doc! Thanks for the good wishes, and I hope that all has been well for you and yours too.

            Have a very nice Sunday. 🙂

    • side of Sour Cream

      Agreed. It made me want to protect him. I hope the paparazzi leave him alone.

      • Jennymckitty

        Agreed. I hope that he stays away from the KUWTK trashiest and moves on to find peace and happiness.

    • Marsbars09

      ITA!

      • nan/4

        Me too!

        Hiya Jenny! It’s so nice to “see” you!

  • itsjustme

    I have a new found respect for Bruce! I lost a lot of that respect when he was on “that show”. But now, WOW. How he has changed and shown the inner strength that so few of us thought he still possessed. Kudos to his children and first 2 ex wives for giving their full and loving support to him during this time.

  • Vic

    Call me a baby, a sissy…..I don’t care. But I cried (off/on) during this interview. No, tears couldn’t be caught in buckets, but my eyes became teary. It was an emotional/gut-wrenching-from-his heart interview, I feel. I commented on here or ROL on a story about him, and growing up having a crush on the hottie-hunk on my Wheaties box (I had watched the Olympics in 76 as a kid) — but I would have still respected Bruce, regardless. This interview was touching. I am an extremely empathic person, more than just saying “I have empathy” – go read about what is an empath. Anyhow, this was a sad, but beautiful story he told. He wasn’t lying about anything. I felt he was guarded and nervous (hence a lot of forced laughter) but he was honest. God Bless this man, I never knew his life was such a struggle. My heart goes out to him. I hope he finds his little slice of happiness in life now. Through this interview, he’s enabled me to “get it” in many ways, whey people feel transgender. I will be honest, I never really “got it” and would say not so nice things on boards, sometimes. I’m ashamed of myself, I feel for this man, and thank him for making me understand, even if not totally, but more than I did.

    • nan/4

      I noticed too how the comments that I was reading and responding to yesterday were filled with so much hatred and close-mindedness. I challenged many of those posts, but stood my ground. Then after the interview was shown, the tone of the comments began to change. People began to see his struggles and actually root for his happiness and peace of mind. It made me so happy, and restored my faith. It was good for my heart to see people actually becoming more tolerant of those who might be different from us.

      Bruce Jenner’s Mom said it best. She was proud of him when he stood on the podium to collect his Gold Medal, but she was even more proud of the courage he showed last night. I hope that he is left to live his life and will finally be comfortable in his own skin. IMO, he most certainly has the right to do so, live his truth, and find true happiness with himself at last.

      It was a very moving experience for me as well.

      Hello to everyone here at AATT. I hope that you have been happy and healthy. I’ve missed you all very much!

      Take good care,

      Nancy 🙂

      • Birdie

        Hey Nan! 🙂

        • nan/4

          Hi Birdie! How are you honey? I hope that you have been great! 😉

      • Marsbars09

        Hi Nan! So nice to hear from you.
        I too was moved to tears watching Bruce’s interview. It was especially emotional to see his mother proclaim how proud she was of her son.

        • nan/4

          I was balling my eyes out too. Can you imagine what it was like for him to live being uncomfortable in his own skin all of those years? I wish him nothing but happiness, and hope he stays as far away from those Kartrashians as he possibly can! They are horrid!

          It’s great to see you too Marsie. It’s been too long… 🙂

  • hardtimz

    I’ve too often made jokes like others about Bruce, but I’m firm believer that everyone deserve the right to live and walk in their OWN TRUTH! However, I did not watch all of it, I got what he was saying. Most of all, he’s seems quite happy, comfortable and content where he is in his life and personal space…and can’t ask for more! Now if he would just pen a REAL tell-all- about the keeping up with them…I would be completely sold!!!

  • Birdie

    I am not gushing over Bruce. He is certainly free to do whatever he wants, but to be actively transitioning into a woman and then choose to marry and produce two more children into the confusion was selfish. Kris is to blame too, for knowing beforehand, and going along along with it. We can all be sold on how overjoyed his children are, but I find it very hard to believe that there is not hurt, confusion, and resentment bubbling up all over. I thought the whole piece was a big lovey infomercial for living transgender rather than an honest and balanced piece.

    • Marsbars09

      Hi Birdie! While I agree Bruce was selfish to continue to marry and produce children when he knew he was cross gender, I couldn’t help but be moved by Bruce’s revelation.
      He has struggled most of his life about his true being. I hope his revelation has inspired other transgender/cross-gender people to be their true selves.

    • Jennymckitty

      Birdie, looking at it from the knowledge of today I would agree. In the 80’s, there were many…even in the psychology community.. That felt they could “cure” people of being guy or transgender. I believe that even then, it was still considered to be a disorder.

  • WestCoastFeed

    I do hope someone more worthy of adulation emerges as an LGBT spokesperson

    • twifan2

      These ‘people’ set LGBT back. 🙁
      They’re too ‘famehoe-ish’ to make their motives sincere-imo.

      • WestCoastFeed

        Why not talk to Renee Richards? Instead of these trashy Kardashians??

        • twifan2

          Because the Trashdasians bring more PR than Renee Richards.
          Also, maybe Renee Richards wants to stay away from them? She may not want to be publicly associated with them.

          • WestCoastFeed

            I think Renee prefers to discuss tennis

      • Jennymckitty

        I really detest the Kardashians and their trashy show. The interview last night was nothing like that. I hope that Bruce completely distances himself from that show. Time will tell.

      • nan/4

        Hi Hi twi!

        I hope that you’ve been happy & healthy. 😉

        That’s all I got. lol

        • twifan2

          Hi Hi NAN! 🙂
          I keep running back & forth on here & to another site I have to be at for a bit longer. 🙁
          Hope you doing better, good! 🙂
          I’m doing ok. Have to get ready for a ‘road trip’ later on. 🙂
          YOU tae good care of yourself!

          • nan/4

            Thanks! You too. Be safe and happy trails! 😉

    • hardtimz

      WCF they probably won’t anytime soon due to who Bruce is and associated with.

    • Marsbars09

      You don’t like Bruce WCF? I was moved by his life experiences. It was refreshing to finally hear from him without the Kartrashian strings attached.

      • WestCoastFeed

        No, I have disliked him since his Olympics days and the self-promotion he was doing back then.

        • Marsbars09

          Wow! I didn’t know he was a “ham” back then? The Diane Sawyer special depicted him to be a supreme athlete.

          • WestCoastFeed

            Huge ham. So much so that I was rooting for him to lose the decathlon.

          • Marsbars09

            Well damn WCF, don’t hide how you truly feel about the man. LOL!

        • nan/4

          Hi West Coast Feed. I hope that you have been well. I think that after he won the olympics, which he was not expected to win, lots of companies came to him to endorse their products. Most very well known athletes make a ton of money with product endorsements. Is that what you mean by self promotion? I’m not following…..

          • WestCoastFeed

            Oh. he was preening himself to be the adored come-from-behind star. And the sports media helped him immensely. It just showed all over his face.

          • nan/4

            I don’t know. What he accomplished was amazing, and that’s what usually happens. The sports media are there because people want to talk about his winning the medal, and advertisers are all over him to capitalize on his win. I’ve seen it happen with countless athletes.

            Anyway, I do hope that you have been well.

            Take good care!

          • Jennymckitty

            Back in those days, many athletes spent much of their lives training for events at their own expense and when the games were over, their was a narrow opportunity (if any at all) to financially profit off their hard work. I was always glad he was able to turn his Olympic success into a profitable career. So many people can’t. We cheer for them, then they are forgotten.

          • nan/4

            That’s right Jenny. They had to “strike while the iron was hot,” so to speak. He was not only a gold medal winner, but he was also handsome, so I can understand that he got offered, and actually did, so many endorsements. Who knows what other skills they might have after dedicating so much of their time training? They make whatever money they can for as long as they can. I don’t have a problem with that at all.

            I do hope that all is well in Jenny’s World.

            Take care! 🙂

    • I thought it was just me. All these people are famewhores. I hope he finds happiness in being truly who he is, but …

      • WestCoastFeed

        He has the chance now to do some good. Let’s hope he does.

  • Marsbars09

    I must say, I was literally moved to tears hearing Bruce’s story. I think it took a lot of courage for him to come out and state who he really is. Maybe this will give other transgender/cross-gender people the courage to be their true selves.
    I think Diane Sawyer conducted the interview with grace, dignity, and compassion. She allowed Bruce to express himself without the strings of the Kartrashians.

    • nan/4

      I wholeheartedly agree with everything that you wrote. I think that his mother’s words will resonate with me for a very long time. I saw how many of the posts went from very negative before the interview, to very positive after the interview was over. He was very compelling, and I think courageous as well. I wish him happiness and peace of mind that is long overdue imo.

      I hope that all is good in your world Marsie! 🙂

      • Dani-K

        I can totally relate to feeling one way before the interview and a different way after. I was left with a profound sadness. I can’t imagine such an inner struggle. I wish Bruce and anyone else struggling with issues like this immense peace.

        • equinox2009

          So nice to read, ladies. I am proud of your caring attitudes! God’s blessing to you all!

  • Nancy Krystofik

    I always enjoyed Bruce on KWTK, he raised those kids, if Kris was comfortable with it, they would still be together, they were together last night when she told Petez Hilton to F off. Maybe they will get back together. I think Kim and Kanye are using this to their advantage, popularity. I remember Kanye did an interview and said “no way was this happening”, I mean the cat had been out of the bag for sometime now. Now he is jumping on the positive PR bandwagon, must be a slow month.

  • equinox2009

    Well, this is really hard to say-ready?-Kim, Ill give it to you. That is very good to hear about you!

  • Yolie

    After watching this interview I am even more appalled than before. I wish he would have taken his disgraceful secret to the grave and spare his kids the embarrassment. His biological kids are traumatized and deeply saddened by their father’s selfish choice. I don’t understand why people are treating his psychological disorder as normal and calling him a hero. Betty Friedan, Mary Baker Eddy, Ernest Hemingway, Margaret Mead, Betty Friedan are heroes and should idealized for their contributions to society not Bruce Jenner.

    • Ilivehereandlikeit

      I agree the title HERO is an overused one these days. Trying to rescue someone in immediate peril with no thought for your own safety, that’s what a hero is to me. No matter what I personally think of Bruce Jenner and his journey, I don’t consider him to be a hero.

  • doggiedaddy

    His I’m a republican comments got me.
    He’s as delusional as the rest of his family.
    Good luck and god bless – now GO AWAY

  • DLister

    I have always loved this guy. I’m happy he has finally been able to come to terms with his inner she. I have several good friends who are transgendered, having going through the process and going through now. I feel that life is truly way too short to not be who you really are inside. If he was in his early 20s as an athlete now, it would be tremendously more acceptable to undergo the gender change. In my view, back in the 70s, he would have been completely ostracized.

  • whose gonna do my hair!

    All I did was cry when I was watching this. He’s such a good soul.

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