Saturday 22 July 2017

Caitlyn Jenner opens up about transitioning: 'It was hard giving old Bruce up - he still lives inside me'

Caitlyn Jenner arrives at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party in West Hollywood. Reuters/Gus Ruelas
Caitlyn Jenner arrives at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party in West Hollywood. Reuters/Gus Ruelas
Caitlin Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair
Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn) won gold in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal with a series of exceptional performances
Caitlyn Jenner and Kris Jenner attend the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
(L-R) Caitlyn Jenner, Kris Jenner, Lamar Odom, Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner attend Kanye West Yeezy Season 3 on February 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3)
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Caitlyn Jenner has opened up about transitioning, saying that Bruce "still lives inside" her.

Speaking to The Guardian, the reality TV star said it was hard leaving "old" Bruce behind.

"It was hard giving old Bruce up, in a lot of ways.

"He still lives inside me. I still do a lot of the things old Bruce used to do. I still fly airplanes and go race cars once in a while. I can have the best of both worlds," said the 67-year-old.

Caitlin Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair
Caitlin Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair

"I can live my life authentically, and still do all the fun stuff!"

Caitlyn, who has recently published a tell-all memoir about her transition, said that choosing to split from ex-wife Kris Jenner before transitioning in 2015 was a "mutual decision," and that Kris was aware that Jenner was taking hormones when they met in 1990.

"I didn't think 25 years later I would transition. A lot of women have that can-do attitude and think, 'I can fix this guy.'

"And I wanted to be fixed, to be honest with you. I wanted to get back into work. We paired up and were a great team.

Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn) won gold in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal with a series of exceptional performances
Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn) won gold in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal with a series of exceptional performances

"It was 23 years of my life. We raised wonderful children. She was an extraordinary good business person. I owe her a debt of gratitude for getting me out of this hole and getting me back working

"It was a very mutual decision to split. I didn't leave to go transition."

Caitlyn also denied claims that she tried to "upstage" Kris and the family's reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians by starring in her own show, I Am Cait.

"My intentions were number one, to calm my soul. To deal with this issue and be myself. This woman had lived inside me for 65 years, it’s time for her to live! Let’s give her a shot and see what she could do.

Caitlyn Jenner and Kris Jenner attend the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
Caitlyn Jenner and Kris Jenner attend the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)

"Bruce has done everything! Had all his children, won the Games. This woman – it’s her turn! And that platform I have: can I make a difference in the world?

"I just wanted to be me. Kris is a good person – we've had our differences, especially now – but she saved my life in so many ways, she turned my life around. "

(L-R) Caitlyn Jenner, Kris Jenner, Lamar Odom, Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner attend Kanye West Yeezy Season 3 on February 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3)
(L-R) Caitlyn Jenner, Kris Jenner, Lamar Odom, Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner attend Kanye West Yeezy Season 3 on February 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3)

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