Kim Kardashian has spoken about her stepfather, Bruce Jenner, since his in-depth interview with Diane Sawyer last week. The reality star said on the Today show that while the family has been very accepting of Jenner’s decision to transition to a female — and, subsequently, his decision to announce it to the world — they do attend therapy to work through the difficult moments. While the media has gone wild with stories about each of Jenner’s children either turning away from him or praising his courage, Jenner himself has said that Kim has been the most accepting, and it has something to do with a conversation she had with her husband, Kanye West.
“Kim told me a story. She goes, ‘You know what really turned me around on thinking about this?’ And I said ‘What?’ She goes ‘Kanye,'” Jenner told Diane Sawyer. “They were talking about it and he says to Kim, ‘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, Kimberly has been by far the most accepting, and the easiest to talk to about it.”
The Kardashian siblings — Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, and Rob — have all taken to social media to praise Bruce for his courage in coming out to the world as transgender, and his daughter, Kylie, did the same. Jenner says that although there has been no surgery to change his sexuality physically, he does feel that he has always been a woman on the inside.
“For all intents and purposes, I am a woman. My brain is much more female than it is male. That’s what my soul is. Bruce lives a lie. She is not a lie,” Bruce said.
Many viewers of 20/20 were confused as to why Diane Sawyer was referring to Bruce as “he” and “him” during the interview, but GLAAD issued a statement saying that at the moment, he has not requested a change in name or pronouns.
“At this time, Bruce Jenner has not requested that a new name or pronoun be used, therefore we are respecting his wishes and will continue to refer to Jenner by his current name and with male pronouns. Some transgender people prefer to change their name and/or pronoun quickly. Other transgender people may take more time to decide what name and/or pronoun feels right to them. To be respectful, use the name and/or pronoun requested by the individual.”
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