In Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer on Friday night on ABC, he dished about all of the details about his sex change transition, when he began having the feeling that he was a woman trapped inside of a man’s body, and more. He stated that he was in the midst of a planned sex change transition 30 years ago, but stopped it shortly before he met his future third wife, Kris Jenner.
At least as early as 1983, when Bruce Jenner read about transgender tennis player Renee Richards in her 1983 autobiography, Second Serve, and was inspired by it, he had plans to transition into becoming a woman, according to ET and other media sources. He discussed his feelings of being a woman trapped inside of a man’s body, and why he decided to forego going through with the planned sex change transition, with Diane Sawyer.
Sources close to Bruce Jenner say that he is ready to now make his full transition into becoming a woman. When the news came out that Jenner was having his Adam’s apple shaved, and that he was painting his fingernails and wearing lipstick and earrings, the general public began to have questions about the former Olympian.
In the Diane Sawyer interview, Bruce Jenner said that he had felt different ever since he was a little boy. He told his children that God challenged him by putting a woman’s soul inside of a man’s body. Even when he was an Olympian, he said that he was “confused” and “running away from who he was.”
Diane Sawyer asked him about how some people still perceive the whole idea of his undergoing a sex change operation a “stunt.” But, Bruce Jenner was quick to point out that he would not be doing such a thing as a stunt, ever. He said “What I’m doing here will change the world.”
Bruce Jenner added “I want to be true to myself.” Jenner said after so many years of living a lie, “I can’t do it anymore.”
Even when the former Olympic Decathlete Bruce Jenner was eight, and earned the nickname of “Bruiser” from his dad because he was so active and into sports, he put on a dress. He sneaked outside wearing his mom’s dress and a scarf on his head. Bruce Jenner said that there was no place where his parents could get any information about what he was going through.
“I don’t socialize a lot. I’m not an outgoing person. I don’t fit in,” he admitted to Sawyer.
“For me, I’m stuck in the middle. I have nowhere to go,” Bruce Jenner said. He told Sawyer that he had “always felt heterosexual,” and he is not attracted to men.
In the Bruce Jenner interview, he told Diane Sawyer that probably the first person he told that he liked to do “a little cross-dressing,” was to his first wife, Chrystie Crownover, around a year into their marriage.
Bruce Jenner said that he did not get a divorce from his first wife because he no longer desired her. Instead, he had met someone else, his second wife, who he felt even more sexually attracted to, and got married to after his divorce.
While Bruce Jenner has stated that he desires to be with women, rather than men, inside he still felt as if he was a woman. He began transitioning into a woman when he was in his 40s, back in the 1980s, he said. He took female hormones, had painful electrolysis done, and was well into transitioning into becoming a woman.
However, Bruce Jenner began experiencing a sense of guilt and he knew what Deuteronomy said about people who dressed up in the clothes of the opposite sex being “sinners.” He decided to stop his transition into becoming a woman, shortly before he met his third wife, He said that he was “a good, solid, 36 B at the time.”
Bruce Jenner had been taking female hormones for five years. He had to tell Kris something, and he did, to an extent. She became Bruce Jenner’s manager, as well as his wife, helping to re-brand him and earn even more money.
One thing that Bruce Jenner said he was not that fond of, though he took part in, was Keeping Up With the Kardashians. “I loved Kris. I learned a lot from her,” Jenner told Diane Sawyer.
Bruce Jenner said “The one, real, true story was one that he was hiding, one that could make a difference in the lives of so many other people.”
One of the most difficult parts of what Bruce Jenner is facing, he informed Sawyer, was that he did not want to hurt his children. Jenner has six biological children, and he was afraid about how they might react when he told them the news. Jenner’s son, Brandon, told Diane Sawyer “I feel like I’m getting a newer, upgraded version of my dad.”
In the interview that Bruce Jenner gave to Diane Sawyer, besides Brandon, his three other oldest children, Brody, 31, Casey, 34, and Burt, 36, took part in the program to show their support of their dad and his sex change transition. Kim was the first of them to walk in and see him wearing a dress. Later, she told him according to Bruce, that “it was just something that she wasn’t allowed to talk about.”
Bruce Jenner told Diane Sawyer that Kim and the other Kardashians struggled, at first, with the idea that he was going to have a sex transition and become a woman. Jenner said that Kanye West helped change Kim’s attitude about him, saying to her it is important to “be yourself.” The Kardashians issued a statement to ABC News saying “If he’s happy, we’re happy.”
On Friday night, when Bruce Jenner was interviewed by Diane Sawyer for ABC and dished about his sex change transition, it was not an easy thing for him to do. It was a very brave one, and he has hopes that the interview and what he has gone through will help many other transgender people in the United States and around the world. “I would like to think we can save lives here,” was one of the most important statements that Bruce Jenner made during the interview.
Written By Douglas Cobb