Bruce Jenner Admits Kim Kardashian Is ‘the Most Accepting’ Thanks to Kanye West, Khloé Had ‘the Toughest Time’
In addition to detailing how he’s struggled with his gender identity his entire life in his brave 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer, Bruce Jenner revealed how his children and step-children reacted to the news that he was transitioning to a female.
All of Jenner’s family members voiced their support and shared loving wishes for their “hero” last night as he confessed to the world that “for all intents and purposes, I am a woman,” but the first of his children he ever told was his step-daughter Kim Kardashian.
He explains that Kim caught him one time in a dress years ago. “It was like this big secret in the family and we never talked about it again.”
With the media speculation over his identity growing over the past couple of years, Kim then inquired “what’s going on,” and tired of lying, he tried to explain to herwhat he was going through.
It was actually her husband Kanye West who helped Kim understand Bruce’s transition.
Jenner explains in the clip below how West told her,
‘Look, I can be married to the most beautiful woman in the world, and I am. I can have the most beautiful little daughter in the world, and I have that. But I’m nothing if I can’t be me. If I can’t be true to myself, they don’t mean anything.’
“Since then,” Jenner added, “Kimberly has been, by far, the most accepting, and the easiest to talk to about it.”
As for which of his step-children took his revelation the hardest, Bruce admitted it was Khloé.
He explained to Sawyer,
You would think out of all of the kids, Khloé was like, the most fun, open-minded, ‘yeah let’s go party.’ That’s not the case with Khloé. She’s had the toughest time with it, because she’s had a lot of losses in her life. She lost her father at a young age. He died suddenly — cancer. And Lamar [Odom] had his issues.
She feels like this massive, ‘my whole life’s falling apart. It’s my dad.’ And I’m trying to explain that I can’t argue that point, but I’m not going anywhere, I’m still going to be there for you.
The interview then showed an old clip from Keeping Up With the Kardashians in which the 30-year-old reality star tells her stepfather,
“You’re someone in my life that I’ve known since I was 5 and has been an incredibly strong male figure in my life, which we don’t have many of. You’re just such a strong man in that way, which you deserve a lot of credit for and I don’t think you get.”
Jenner admitted he was terrified to share his secret with his children, for fear of hurting them.
Of his kids, he said, “Those are the only ones I’m concerned with. I can’t let myself hurt them. How do I do this? How do I do this and not hurt my children? I tried to explain to them that as much of your upbringing was ‘her’ as much as it was the he-side. I’ll always be there. I’m not going anywhere.”
Both Khloé and Kim shared their support for Bruce last night as his interview went live on ABC.
(As noted in previous articles, for the interview, Jenner referred to himself using male pronouns, said he preferred the pronoun “he” and has not yet indicated that he’d like to be known by a female name or with female pronouns. Furthermore, Sawyer called him Bruce, so Celebuzz will use male pronouns and continue to refer to him as Bruce with that lead).