The Bruce Jenner interview with Diane Sawyer aired April 24 on ABC.
We’ve recapped the amazing, positive and inspiring interview for anyone who hasn’t had a chance to watch it yet.
Here’s a summary of some of the main talking points from the interview (via Perez Hilton).
- Asked about the trope of being “trapped in the wrong body”, Bruce insisted that’s never been the case and the body can be changed with therapies and surgeries, adding “I’m a person and this is who I am!!!”
- Mostly referring to “Bruce Jenner”, the male body and former identity and “SHE/her” as the female soul, Bruce says “Yes. I am a woman! That female side is part of me. It’s who I am. I identify as female. And that’s very hard for Bruce Jenner to say.” Adding “That is me. That is her” and “Bruce lives a lie. SHE is a not a lie!”
- Asked how it was hidden for so long, Bruce replied “You can fake it for a long time.”
- Asked why now, Bruce replied “I wanna do the right thing and be true to myself.” Adding, “Why now? I just can’t pull the curtain any longer!”
- Bruce explained becoming something of a recluse, “I don’t socialize a lot. I’m not an outgoing person. I never fit in. When you deal with this issue, you don’t fit in.” Adding, “I just wanna blend in.”
- Clarifying that gender identity and sexuality are different, “I never was attracted to the guys. Or any of that kind of stuff. Sexuality is always different to what my issues were.” Explaining further, “No. I’m not gay. I am as far as I know heterosexual. I’ve never been with a guy” and “Sexuality is who turns you on. But gender identity has to do with your soul.”
- On Kris Jenner, “I thought we had a pretty good sex life.”
- On the Kardashians pulling publicity stunts, “This whole thing, the one real true story in the family is the one I was hiding and nobody knew about it.”
- Asked about the three ex-wives, Bruce says “I wasn’t as fair to my ex-wives as I should have been. I’ve apologized to everybody.” You can read Kris Jenner’s reaction to the interview.
- More on Kris, “It’s not what she expected. It was tough on her… If she would have been really good with it, we’d probably still be together.”
- Bruce started hormone therapy for five years in the 1980s (aged about 30-35), “I thought maybe it was just a passing phase [in the 80s]. You just don’t get over this.”
- “Being Bruce isn’t easy… I dream as a woman… It’s the way I was born and it’s going to be okay.”
- On the kids, “How do I do this and not hurt my children? I tried to explain to them that a lot of their upbringing was a lot HER.”
- On the LGBT community, “I would like to work with this community… I am not a spokesperson for the transgender community.”
- On the difficulty of the reveal, “I would like to think that we can save some lives here” with Bruce admitting to feeling suicidal in the past.
- Admitting, nowadays, “I’m really excited about the future about what I could do – to do good in the world!”
- Bruce asked fans to “Have an open mind and an open heart.”
- On what may happen after the interview, “I’m saying goodbye to people’s perception of me. This has always been me.”
- Bruce confirms owning and wearing a few items of feminine clothing including a long black dress.
Asked directly about the transition and gender identity, Bruce responded (via Gawker):
God’s looking down, making little Bruce. He’s looking down and he says, “Okay, what are we going to do with this one?” Make him a smart kid, very determined, and he gave me all these wonderful qualities.
And then at the end when he’s just finishing, he goes, “Wait a second, we gotta give him something. Everybody has stuff in their life that they have to deal with, what are we going to give him?”
And God looks down and chuckles a bit and goes, “Hey let’s give him the soul of a female and let’s see how he deals with that.”
So here I am stuck, and I hate that word a girl stuck in a guy’s body. I hate that terminology. I’m me. I’m me. I’m a person. This is who I am. I’m not stuck in anybody’s body, it’s just who I am as a human being. My brain is much more female than it is male. It’s hard for people to understand that but that’s what my soul is.
I look at it this way. Bruce always telling a lie. He’s lived a lie his whole life about who he is. And I can’t do that any longer.
Bruce later added, “This is my cause in life. This is why God put me on this earth. To deal with this issue.”
After initially denying it, E! have confirmed there WILL be a Bruce reality show.
In terms of Twitter reactions from Bruce’s family, they’ve shared words of support.
- Kim Kardashian tweeted: “Love is the courage to live the truest, best version of yourself. Bruce is love. I love you Bruce. #ProudDaughter” and “Your honesty has opened the doors for others to be courageous and live an authentic life! #respect #hero #family”
- Kourtney Kardashian tweeted: “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.”
- Khloe Kardashian tweeted: “Just finished watching the #BruceJennerInterview with the family. Bruzer, I’m soooo proud of you! Dads really are heros ❤️”.
- Rob Kardashian tweeted:
- Kendall Jenner tweeted: “I love you” and “so very proud of you, my hero.”
- Kylie Jenner tweeted: “Understandingly, this has been very hard for me. You will hear what I have to say when I’m ready to but… ..this isn’t about me. I’m so proud of you, Dad. You are so brave. My beautiful Hero.” Adding, “All this positive feedback I’m reading! makes me so happy.”
- Brandon Jenner tweeted: “Proud son.”
- Kris Jenner tweeted: “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.”
Family friend Oprah also reacted, tweeting, “All of us deserve the right to be loved for who we are “. Bravo #BruceJenner”.
Kylie’s friend Ariana Grande tweeted “bruce jenner is beautiful💕 we all need to commit to making this world a more loving, supportive, SAFE /non judgemental place to be ourselves”.
You can also find out why the Kardashian-Jenners weren’t filmed for the interview.