Bruce Jenner Reveals Gender Transition: "I Am a Woman" (Video)
"My whole life has been getting me ready for this," Jenner told Diane Sawyer during their much anticipated sit-down in ABC's '20/20.'
In a two-hour exclusive 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer that aired on Friday, Bruce Jenner revealed that he is a transgender woman.
"For all intents and purposes, I am a woman," Jenner told Sawyer, which was his last interview as Bruce.
The one-on-one began with Sawyer and the former Olympian sitting down in his Malibu home and Sawyer asking, "Are you ready?"
"You know what? It's going to be tough. I've been thinking about this day forever and what I should do with my life," Jenner said. "How do I tell my story? How do I tell people what I've been through? And that day is sad."
Jenner asked for tissues before explaining how he told his kids about his feelings, explaining that God looked down at "little Bruce" and gave him something that he had to deal with: "the soul of a female."
The 65-year-old told Sawyer that he dislikes the phrase "girl stuck in a guy's body" before explaining, "I'm me. I'm not stuck in anybody's body." The athlete said that he has "always been very confused with my gender identity since I was [young]."
Jenner went on to say that his brain, and soul, is much more female than it is male before he took out his ponytail: "let's take the damn ponytail out."
When Sawyer asked about Jenner the athlete, he admitted, "I see a confused person at that time running away from my life," but someone who now wants to "kick butt" as a woman.
The veteran journalist asked Jenner about his transition being a publicity stunt, to which he replied, "Are you telling me I'm going to go through a complete gender change … for publicity?" He continued: "What I'm doing is going to do some good, and we're going to change the world."
"My whole life has been getting me ready for this. It's not just the last few years," Jenner said after Sawyer brought up his time on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, adding, "I just can't pull the curtain any longer."
He went on explain that a doctor first prescribed female hormones to him in the 1980s, when his sister found out about his feelings; she says she never passed on the information to anyone. Jenner explained that he has always dreamed as a woman.
When asked about third wife, Kris Jenner — who knew about him taking hormones and occasionally wearing female clothing when they met — the father of six biological children said, "I loved Kris. I had a wonderful life with her. I learned a lot from her," adding, "I thought we had a pretty good sex life." He said that the news was "tough" on Kris, but she's still "a good woman."
The former Olympian revealed that he at one point considered suicide with a gun, but said wanting "to know how this story ends" saved him from it.
Sawyer asked about how each of his children reacted to the news, and Jenner explained that "those are the only ones I'm concerned with," adding, "I can't let myself hurt them." Jenner said that although he is transitioning, he assured his children, "I'm dad. You can call me dad. I will always be your dad."
Jenner's 33-year-old son, Brandon (who Bruce described as "little Gandhi") was the first to be told about Jenner's transition, despite his children seeing signs (Kim Kardashian caught him in a dress, and Kendall Jenner's laptop recorded him looking at himself in her mirror in female clothing). He told Sawyer, "I'm not handling this perfect. I'm just doing my best to cope with what's going on."
Jenner said that Khloe Kardashian is taking the news the hardest out of each of his daughters: "She's had a lot of losses in her life," referring to the death of her father and separation from husband Lamar Odom.
According to Jenner, Kim Kardashian is the easiest to talk to about his transition, and her husband, Kanye West, played a pivotal role in her acceptance. Jenner explained that West told his wife he can have a beautiful wife and beautiful daughter, but is nothing if he is unable to be himself. "Girl, you gotta rock it baby," Jenner says Kim told him. Kim also asked Jenner if he was a tomboy, to which he replied, "Wow, I never thought of myself like that, but yeah, maybe I could be."
The former KUWTK reality star revealed that he is a Republican and would champion for the transgender cause "in a heartbeat," and that he plays the Tom Jones song "She's a Lady" over and again in his mind.
Jenner told Sawyer that he has not decided, and is in "no rush," on anything yet in regards to sexual reassignment surgery, but that it "would be down the line." He has chosen "asexual for now," and revealed he has "never been with a guy" and "I am not gay."
Both Jenner and Sawyer got up from the interview and took a walk into his two-closet bedroom, where the former Olympian showcased a black, knee-length, sheer-sleeved dress, which he later wore to a dinner with the reporter.
Jenner's mother shared her support on the two-hour special, telling her son, "I want you to be happy and I love you." The medalist said with tears in his eyes that he wished his father, who is no longer alive, would tell him that he loves him.
"If this is the only problem I have in life, I've got it made. If it's only this, I'll be OK," Jenner said. "I'm not saying goodbye to me."
Though Jenner will no longer be featured on KUWTK, E! announced on Friday evening that he will star in a docuseries this summer chronicling his transition from male to female.
Jenner's children and ex-wife Kris each expressed their support for him on social media.
Not only was I able to call him my husband for 25 years and father of my children, I am now able to call him my hero.— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) April 25, 2015
Just finished watching the #BruceJennerInterview with the family. Bruzer, I'm soooo proud of you! Dads really are heros ❤️— Khloé (@khloekardashian) April 25, 2015
Love is the courage to live the truest, best version of yourself. Bruce is love. I love you Bruce. #ProudDaughter— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 25, 2015
Couldn't be a more proud daughter. With courage and bravery, let's change the world. I am honored to stand by Bruce's side and support him.— Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) April 25, 2015
Understandingly, this has been very hard for me. You will hear what I have to say when I'm ready to but...— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) April 25, 2015
..this isn't about me. I'm so proud of you, Dad. You are so brave. My beautiful Hero.— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) April 25, 2015
so very proud of you, my hero.— Kendall Jenner (@KendallJenner) April 25, 2015
April 25, 7:41 a.m. Updated with the announcement from E! regarding the Bruce Jenner docuseries.