Bruce Jenner confirmed months of speculation on Friday during a 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer, telling the world that he is transgender and is “for all intents and purposes… a woman”. While the response has been overwhelmingly positive from both the public and his friends and family (or so some of them would like to pretend – looking at you, Kris), one person took it a bit harder than others, and that’s Kim Kardashian. That is, until her husband, Kanye West, really opened her eyes by dropping some profound philosophic truth (about himself, natch) on her.
Bruce Jenner said that Kim Kardashian didn’t know what to think about his transition to a woman after catching him one day in a dress. But then something changed.
“You know what really turned me around?” Jenner recalls the reality TV star asking. “Kanye.”
The rapper, who recently married Kardashian, had the following advice for her:
“I can be the most successful person in the world…I can be married to the most beautiful woman in the world, which I am…but I’m nothing if I can’t be me…if I can’t be true to myself.”
Because Kanye having the freedom to be an egocentric maniac is definitely the same as being trapped in the wrong body and suffering gender dysphoria because of it. But whatever! She got there in the end, I guess.
After months and months of speculation (and seemingly endless weeks of promotion), Bruce Jenner came out as a woman during his 2-hour sit down interview with Diane Sawyer on Friday night. During the broadcast, he admitted that he found it difficult to talk about his true identity as he didn’t want to hurt anyone, and admitted he briefly considered suicide but ultimately decided not to, as he wanted to see how his story would end.
For now, he’s asked people to continue using “he” pronouns (hence the reason I haven’t switched to she), but either way, I think this was a really brave and important thing for Bruce to have done. Here’s how he describes his experience:
God’s looking down, making little Bruce. He’s looking down and he says, “Okay, what are we going to do with this one?” Make him a smart kid, very determined, and he gave me all these wonderful qualities. And then at the end when he’s just finishing, he goes, “Wait a second, we gotta give him something. Everybody has stuff in their life that they have to deal with, what are we going to give him?” And God looks down and chuckles a bit and goes, “Hey let’s give him the soul of a female and let’s see how he deals with that.”
So here I am stuck, and I hate that word a girl stuck in a guy’s body. I hate that terminology. I’m me. I’m me. I’m a person. This is who I am. I’m not stuck in anybody’s body, it’s just who I am as a human being. My brain is much more female than it is male. It’s hard for people to understand that but that’s what my soul is.
I look at it this way. Bruce always telling a lie. He’s lived a lie his whole life about who he is. And I can’t do that any longer.
Is ABC not ranking in the ratings, like, ever or something? They’ve been pushing this Diane Sawyer 2-hour sitdown with Bruce Jenner so hard for the past couple of weeks, and thankfully the damn thing is on tomorrow night so we can stop hearing about it. In the latest promo, Bruce says the phrase “I want to know how this story ends” and frankly, so do I. Tell me, so I can stop reading these cryptic damn stories every day. If the “story” he’s referring to isn’t about his gender change, I swear…
Not like Bruce is personally putting these promos together, but with all this attention whoring, I feel like he learned more than we gave him credit for during his time in the Kardashian family.
ABC has been going nuts releasing “teasers” for Bruce Jenner‘s upcoming big interview with Diane Sawyer. We’re all under the assumption that this 2-hour special is about Big News. Mainly, the big news that Bruce is planning to officially undergo a sex change and begin living as a woman. But is that the case? Could this whole thing actually be one big hoax and see Bruce just discussing his big “life change” as in life after divorce from Kris Jenner? Some people seem to think so.
The family has not publicly commented on Bruce allegedly being trans, but, earlier this year, Kim had this to say, when asked about her stepfather: “I think everyone goes through things in life, and I think that story and what Bruce is going through, I think he’ll share whenever the time is right. I feel like that’s his journey to talk about.”
So, either she means what she says about his supposed transition not being her story to tell…or — and I really hope it isn’t this or — she is teasing around the issue, using terminology that could be applied to a transition, but actually is about something mundane like his transition from being married for 24 years to being single in his 60s.
All our questions will be answered when the much-hyped interview with Diane Sawyer airs on April 24, 2015. The promos tease: “The Journey, The Decisions, The Future.” And Jenner is quoted as saying: “My whole life has been getting me ready for this.” Again, words that could be about being trans, but are not specific enough to get anyone in trouble if this all turns out to be a ratings ploy. It’s not their fault we assumed they were talking about being trans, right? No one ever said anything explicitly about that.
I mean, it brings up a good point – we are all just assuming that’s what he’s going to talk about in this interview, but they have all been quite coy about it…
Then again, there’s no way ABC is going to shell out the cash and resources to air a 2 hour special about Bruce Jenner adjusting to single life after getting divorced, so I’m still waiting to see him talk about being transgender. Not that he should have to do it at all, let alone in an ABC News special, but here we are.
Bruce Jenner is getting ready to reveal all in a 2-hour sit down interview with Diane Sawyer for ABC News, and the network is seriously trying to hype this thing up as much as possible. Everyone who gives an iota of a shit will be tuning in to hear Bruce talk about his intention to transition into a woman and undergo a sex change, but that’s not enough – ABC wants you to really want this, so they’ve started releasing promo clips that are totally ambiguous and shrouded in mystery.
If you can’t watch the video above or just can’t be bothered, Bruce teases that “[his] whole life has been getting [him] ready for this”, but that’s about all.
If you missed the first promo, here it is:
What do you think? Will you be tuning in for this?
Bruce Jenner has been planning a lengthy sit-down interview with Diane Sawyer for ABC for several months, though it was unknown when said interview would air – until now, that is. ABC revealed yesterday that a two hour special aptly titled Bruce Jenner – The Interview will air Friday, April 24th at 9pm.
The interview was apparently filmed a couple of months ago, right around the time his intention to transition became public (though “became public” seems like a stretch since Bruce has never confirmed this, even to this day), so it should be interesting to see what’s discussed.
“Bruce’s primary goal is to bring awareness to this issue in order to help others [in the transgender community],” a source told PEOPLE. “He is not sure that E! and a reality show is the best format to do that.”
Jenner “wants this to be taken seriously so that [his situation] can have the most positive impact on society’s perception of the transgender community,” said the source.
Incidentally, the entire Kardashian clan is due to be out of the country in Armenia when this interview airs. April 24th is also apparently the anniversary of the Armenian genocide, but the Kardashians have claimed their trip to Armenia on that date has nothing to do with that, so… yeah.
Yesterday, US Weekly published a story (which has since been removed from the site) which featured “quotes” from Kendall Jenner about her father, Bruce, and his transition into becoming a woman. I read the original story, but since I don’t have the exact quotes now, it was something along the lines of how she’ll always love her dad for being there for her throughout her life and she supports him whether he’s a man or a woman. Now, is all of that true? I’m sure. Did Kendall actually say it? Uh… definitely not.
Kendall took to Twitter a few hours after the story was published to express her outrage:
In what is probably the most respectable move they’ve ever made, US Weekly decided to retract their original statement and issue an apology… although not really, because instead of taking ownership of their bullshit, they’ve blamed it on a “freelance journalist” who did the “interview” and whose story they can no longer “verify”. Fuck off, US Weekly.
On Wednesday, March 18, Us Weekly published on UsMagazine.com an interview with model and reality star Kendall Jenner entitled “Kendall Jenner Breaks Silence on Bruce Jenner’s Transition: ‘I Will Always Love My Dad.’” The interview was allegedly conducted by an independent freelance journalist at the Saturday, March 14, taping of Comedy Central’s roast of Justin Bieber in Los Angeles. When Ms. Jenner denied, via Twitter, that the interview took place, Us Weekly immediately reached out to the freelance reporter. He stood by the interview, and continues to maintain that the quotes are accurate. However, after attempting to reconfirm his account, editors of Us have concerns about the veracity of this interview and the circumstances under which it was obtained. We would like to retract the story entirely and have removed it from our website. We sincerely apologize to Ms. Jenner and her family.
Ridiculous… and yet, how are these magazines not having to issue retractions/apologies every day?