Outlets such as PEOPLE and Us Weekly are confirming with sources close to the family what has been claimed by less-reputable tabloids for the past few weeks (and before that in other tabloids for decades), Bruce Jenner IS a transwoman who has begun the journey to physically become a woman.
PEOPLE, who doesn’t publish anything without running it past the person’s publicist first, confirms, “Bruce is transitioning to a woman,” at age 65.
The process began almost immediately after his divorce from Kris Jenner. Us Weekly says Bruce originally intended to transition in the 1990s but Kris talked him out of it, is still in denial, and is still not supportive. Although Bruce’s kids, Burt, 36, Cassandra, 34, (by ex-wife Chrystie Crownover ), Brandon, 33, Brody, 31 (by ex-wife Linda Thompson), Kendall, 19, and Kylie, 17 (by ex-wife Kris Jenner), are supportive.
The PEOPLE source adds “He is finally happy and his family is accepting of what he’s doing. He’s in such a great space. That’s why it’s the perfect time to do something like this.” Incidentally, we’re ONLY using “He” as a pronoun as Bruce has not yet confirmed the news, confirmed a chosen pronoun or new name if any.
The sources also confirm what Us Weekly/ TMZ/ RadarOnline and others confirmed last week, Bruce is filming a TV special docuseries that will air summer this year. “It will air when he is ready to be open about his transition,” the source tells PEOPLE. “But he’s acting more and more confident and seems very happy.”
“The family is really giving this space and time to Bruce. This is his story and they want him to tell the world the way he wants,” the magazine’s source says. “They really want to empower him to tell his story so that hopefully he can help other people too. That’s the goal.”
Another source tells Hollywood Life, “Every single question that someone would ever want to know about Bruce will be answered upon completion of the [docu]series… He’d rather folks watch his series to understand just what he’s going through.”
“What’s driving him is that he knows in his heart that there are millions of other people in the world that are going through some of the same challenges he’s going through,” the Hollywood Life source adds of the show Bruce has control over even though Kris is reportedly desperate to profit from it. “And if he’s able to touch one of those people by telling his story, he wins. This is a big deal to Bruce and he’s finally found the courage to reveal himself and hopes to encourage others in the process.”
“He’s being very smart about and also respectful about his transition,” the PEOPLE insider continues. “Instead of completely shocking everyone, his changes have been subtle, and his family has had the chance to slowly get used to his new looks and life.”
Previously, his ex-stepdaughter Kim Kardashian confirmed in so many words that Bruce is a transwoman who intends to record the story of the transition on television. The magazine’s source says, “The [kids’] concern seems to be Bruce’s happiness, and he acts very pleased with his new life… It is an intense thing. Of course not everyone is 100 percent on board. Different people have different reactions. But everybody loves him.”
“He has come out to those closest to him,” says the source of Bruce’s new life, single and transitioning. “He’s so happy and excited. He gets to lay down a huge bag of bricks. He’s been through a dark period and is coming out on the other side.”
The Hollywood Life insider added of what led to the photo above that all the girls posted to Instagram with a caption about family, “It was all the girls’ idea to be with Bruce to check on him,” after the cruel, Photoshopped InTouch cover. “They just wanted him to know that despite everything he’s going through in the media and in his own personal life, they wanted to reassure him that they love him and encourage him to do whatever it is he wants… Bruce was thankful for that. He needed to hear that. He needed those words of comfort.”
UPDATE There are a few working titles for Bruce’s show: “This is not a joke, the number one name for the show that is being thrown around is Trans-Jenner! It almost is too perfect. But another name they are also throwing around is Bruce Jenner – My Journey. They don’t want to fully scare off potential viewers with a very risky title for a very risky life change.”