On Friday, Bruce Jenner’s much-anticipated tell-all interview with Diane Sawyer finally aired, with the former Olympian confirming that he was undergoing a gender reassignment, stating: “For all intents and purposes, I am a woman”.
Now, the reality star’s ex-wife Linda Thompson has come forward to showcase her support for Bruce, and revealed that when he first started to transition in the ’80s, he planned to re-enter his sons’ lives as ‘Aunt Heather’.
Writing in her own blog for Huffington Post, Linda, who is mother to Bruce’s children Brandon and Brody, shared: “When Brody was about eighteen months old and Brandon was about three and a half years old, Bruce came to me one day with a very sombre look on his face and said, ‘There’s something about me that I really need to tell you, something you need to know.
“I truly thought he might possibly tell me he had had an affair while on the road. But that’s not what he wanted to confess to me.
“Bruce told me that he identified as a woman. Not understanding exactly what he meant, I questioned him. ‘What do you mean you identify as a woman?’ I asked. ‘What does that mean?’”
The actress married Bruce in 1981 and it is thought that this initial conversation occurred in 1984, with Linda going on to say that the couple tried to seek help with a doctor who was a specialist in gender dysphoria.
Recalling the therapy, Linda wrote: “She was a lovely woman who very calmly, and as gently as she could, massacred me with the information that broke my heart into a million pieces.”
It was then considered that Bruce would make his transition by going to Europe for the surgery and re-entering his sons lives as ‘Aunt Heather’.
Linda explained: “Bruce considered travelling out of the country, possibly to Denmark, to have the gender-confirmation surgery and then come back to the US identifying as female.
“I asked Bruce, ‘What about the children?’ He thought maybe he could re-enter their lives as ‘Aunt Heather.’”
Since Friday both Brandon and Brody have been hugely supportive of their dad, with 31-year-old Brody sharing a photo of himself and his dad on MazSight with the caption: “You won another gold tonight. I stand with you on this journey. I love you Dad”.
33-year-old Brandon posting an adorable throwback on his own social media account, simply writing: “Proud son”.
During his iconic interview, Bruce admitted that he had first started his transition in the ’80s, undergoing facial plastic surgery, electrolysis to get rid of his facial hair, and beginning hormone treatment.
However, when he met his third wife Kris Jenner he decided to not go through with it – although he didn’t explain his exact reason for backing out.
The star shared: “I had been on hormones for five years and I was a really solid 36B, and you really can’t hide those things.
“And Kris goes, ‘Well, ok, you like to wear women’s clothes.’ And I kind of downplayed it some.
“I feel in a lot of ways that when you love somebody, you don’t want to hurt them.”
We are just super glad that Bruce is finally free to be exactly who he wants to be.
**At the time of publishing, Bruce has requested to not be referred to by a female name or female pronouns.**
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