Caitlyn Jenner's Mother: "I Still Have to Call Him Bruce"

Vanity Fair

Esther Jenner said her daughter looks "beautiful."

Caitlyn Jenner's mother, Esther, is struggling to adjust to her daughter's new name.

"I still have to call him Bruce. His father and I named him that," she told Access Hollywood. "It's going to be a struggle for me to get used to the change but happily so … I'm very happy for him — or her!"

"She's beautiful," added Esther.

"I was there last week. Well, actually, I got home a week and a half ago. And I met Caitlyn. She is … so much more at ease."

Esther noted that Caitlyn reminds her of her granddaughter, Caitlyn's niece Samantha.

Caitlyn spoke to Vanity Fair about how important it was for her to fly her mother in to meet her post-transition for the first time. "I’m sending a plane to go pick her up and my sister because she’s 89 years old and cannot get on the airlines, but she has to come down and, you know, we have to do this," said Caitlyn.

"We had a conversation the other day, we were talking about a lot of things, and, you know, she goes, 'You know what, I think I can have a better relationship with Caitlyn than I can with Bruce' because we’ve always had a little tension in our relationship throughout the years. ... And so when she ends the conversation, she goes, 'OK, goodbye, Caitlyn.' It was very funny, very cute."

As for pronoun confusion, Vanity Fair writer Buzz Bissinger admitted that he often got mixed up while spending three months with Caitlyn to do the article.

“I don’t really get hung up,” Caitlyn told Bissinger. “A guy came in the other day, and I was fully dressed — it’s just habit, I said, ‘Hi, Bruce here,’ and I went, 'Oh, f—, it ain’t Bruce.' I was screwing up doing it.”

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