Bruce Jenner has revealed that he identifies as a woman – his ‘true self’ and a childhood dream – in an explosive ABC interview with Diane Sawyer.
The 65-year-old Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star sparked rumors about his gender identity last year after visibly altering his appearance.
And last night, he confirmed that he is reinventing himself physically in a bid to transition from male to female in the highly-anticipated, intimate sit-down.
Speaking in front of millions of viewers, including Kim Kardashian and her family, Bruce tearfully revealed: ‘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.’ He firmly added: ‘I can’t do it anymore.’
During the interview, Bruce also admitted that he has been regularly taking female hormones – and plans to completely transform into a woman.
But he said he was still attracted to females. ‘I was never attracted to the guys,’ he told Diane, explaining how he has always enjoyed a good sex life.
Jenner added: ‘I am not gay.I am, as far as I know, heterosexual. As far as I know, I’ve never been with a guy. I’ve always been married, raising kids.’
And he denied that his revelations were for publicity purposes. Instead, he made them due to his inability to continue to ‘pull the curtain’, he said.
Indeed, hiding his identity was so painful for Bruce that it once left him contemplating suicide to escape from the never-ending scrutiny, he revealed.
Many viewers and celebrities were taking to social media last night to congratulate Bruce on making a giant leap for the transgender community. Lady Gaga tweeted: ‘#BruceJennerABC Now that is bravery’, before telling her fans to ’empower people like Bruce’ globally by ‘being loving & not mean’.
Meanwhile, Bruce’s 17-year-old daughter, Kylie Jenner, tweeted an emotional message to her father. ‘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,’ she wrote.
However, other users expressed concern that Bruce’s TV appearance has simply made transgenderism into a spectacle.
Emotional: Speaking in front of millions of viewers on ABC last night, Bruce revealed tearfully: ‘To all intents and purposes, I am a woman’
Living a lie: The reality star added: ‘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’
Glamorous dresser: Bruce is pictured showing Diane one of his dresses, a black number with see-through panels on its arms and neck
The pair examine the dress. Bruce said in the interview that a full sex change is ‘further down the line’ and did not reveal his female name
Interview: Bruce denied his revelations were for publicity. Instead, he said he made them due to his inability to continue to ‘pull the curtain’
Twitter user Ali Levine wrote: ‘I am completely behind transgender equality but this Bruce Jenner interview is such a spectacle,’ while a man named Daniel tweeted: ‘#BruceJenner coming forward is not going to help #transgender people. He’s a spectacle, not an ‘idol.’ #BruceJennerInterview.’
At the start of last night’s program, titled ‘Bruce Jenner: The Interview’, Diane asked Bruce: ‘Are you ready?’, to which he replied: ‘I am, let’s do it.’
The star continued: ‘You know what… it’s going to be tough. I’ve been thinking about this day forever and what I should do with my life. How do I tell my story, how do I tell people what i’ve been through? And that day is today.’ He then asked Diane for a tissue and used it to wipe his tear-filled eyes.
Clutching the tissue, Bruce remarked: ‘We have to keep our sense of humor about this. Me of all people – Bruce Jenner – has to deal with these issues.’
Seconds later, he finally answered the question that has been on everyone’s lips for the past year – is he transitioning from a man into a woman?
‘I have always been very confused with my gender identity since I was this big,’ admitted Bruce, lowering his hand to several feet above the ground.
‘People look at me differently. They see this macho male, but this female side is part of me, it’s who I am. I was not genetically born that way, and so now I have all the male parts and all that kind of stuff so in a lot of ways we’re different but we still identify as female.’