The support once given to Caitlyn Jenner by Keeping Up with the Kardashian family members has all but disappeared recently, and people close to the transgender celebrity have strong opinions on why that has happened. Radar Online cites a source as follows.
“It’s just so obvious. When she relaunched herself they were all over her like barnacles on the bottom of a boat, but the moment there’s a backlash, they’re nowhere to be found.”
In April of 2015, at the age of 66, Jenner came out as a trans woman in an interview with Diane Sawyer. Caitlyn shared her story, including a childhood in which she felt more female than male. At the time he (Bruce Jenner at the time) didn’t have the awareness or maturity to understand what he was feeling and hid it. Born in New York in 1949 to Esther Ruth and William Hugh Jenner, at the age of about eight or nine, Bruce began sneaking into his mother’s closet to wear her dresses and scarves. Caitlyn says she had these feelings throughout her life, through multiple marriages and her year as Bruce Jenner, the Olympic champion.
When Caitlyn came out to her family (wife Kris Jenner; children Burton, Cassandra, Brody, Kendall, and Kylie Jenner; and step-children Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, and Rob Kardashian) reactions were mixed but most tried to be supportive. Caitlyn Jenner was all over the news and magazines. Then in November, Caitlyn Jenner was named Glamour magazine’s Woman of the Year. The backlash was fast and furious with millions objecting to the title because of Caitlyn’s former status as a male. Caitlyn’s friends say this is when family support mostly disappeared. The only ones they say are still there for her are her children who are not part of the Keeping Up with the Kardashian reality show. They indicate that Kylie and Kendall Jenner rarely see Caitlyn and that it has hurt her deeply. They lay the blame at the feet of Kris and Kim.
Radar Online also reports that in January, Khloe Kardashian explained on the Howard Stern Show that their lack of support of Caitlyn Jenner is due to their feeling of being misled. She stated that the first time she heard anything about Bruce transitioning to Caitlyn was in a meeting with E!.
“We felt so, like, what the f***? We’ve been asking you, and why do [other] people know? I never want someone to feel like they have a one-up on our family,” the reality star added, furious. “We’ve never turned our backs on each, with all the cluster f***s of s*** in our lives, so why would we now?”
And while Caitlyn Jenner’s friends attribute the absence of support from Khloe and the rest of the KUWTK clan to their fear of the association damaging their success, Khloe also stated in the Howard Stern Show interview that Caitlyn refused to speak to any of them except for on television.
“He did have private talks with us after. But he never said he was going to transition. He would just say his soul has always been a woman… I don’t give a f*** what you want to do. I just [wanted him to] stop lying to us about things! Each sister had a different story because he couldn’t keep up with things.”
Only Caitlyn Jenner and her family know the truth.
You can follow Caitlyn’s journey through transformation, including its impact on her relationships and the publicity associated with her transformation, on her reality show I Am Cait. It airs on E!. Check your local listing for times.
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