Bruce Jenner will apparently sit down later this year to talk about his transition to womanhood, but in the meantime, the press is having a field day talking about what it all means. How long has Bruce known he’s transgender? Why is he transitioning now? And perhaps most importantly, WHAT DO THE KARDASHIANS THINK???
For one thing, apparently Bruce’s ex-wife Kris Jenner had no idea that any of this was happening and feels blindsided by this – because, of course, Bruce coming to terms with his own gender identity is all about Kris, not about himself. Oh, and she plans to make as much money as she can off the whole thing.
Family sources tell TMZ … Kris heard all the buzz about Bruce but he never told her and she never asked. It sounds incredible, but we’re told there was “a serious lack of communication in the marriage.”
When they had their family sit down — which of course was recorded — we’re told Kris squarely challenged Bruce, disbelieving he truly wanted a sex change. Things got heated because Bruce insisted he was both comfortable and determined.
We’re also told Kris felt this was a shining example of the fundamental problem they had in their marriage — they hardly communicated with each other, and Bruce was especially shut down.
But Kris was not singled out. Bruce kept virtually everyone in his life — including his close male friends with whom he spent lots of time — in the dark.
Well, that’s certainly not a shocker. Even on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kris and Bruce barely paid attention to each other. Kris had her head so far up her own ass (and when it wasn’t, it was up Kim’s) that she barely had the time of day for Bruce, and Bruce just sorta seemed to be there, getting by.
In the meantime, Bruce’s mom Esther, who is 88, recently opened up to The AP about Bruce, and said she’s more proud of him than she’s ever been for being brave through this transition:
“It was brief and I said I was proud of him and that I’ll always love him. I never thought I could be more proud of Bruce when he reached his goal in 1976, but I’m more proud of him now. It takes a lot of courage to do what he’s doing.”
“He said, ‘Mom, I’m still the same person.’ He said, ‘I’m still going to race cars, I’m still going to fly airplanes and I’m going to get my helicopter license.’”
“The family is close and very supportive of Bruce and we’re supportive of each other. He said, ‘I want to be honest about my identity and I know this is coming out in the press.’ He started by saying, ‘We need to have a long, serious talk.’ I am at peace with what he is and what he’s doing.”
Well, at least his mom sounds normal and lovely. Good for Bruce – coming out as transgender is difficult enough on his own, and doing it later in life can’t be any easier. Hopefully he is surrounded with people who will love and support him through this. And that does NOT include Kris Jenner.