Bruce Jenner Comes Out as Transgender Woman: How Family, Celebrities Reacted
Former Olympic champion and reality television star Bruce Jenner broke the silence on transitioning to a woman Friday, telling ABC's Diane Sawyer: "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman."
"I've been thinking about this day forever," a visibly emotional Jenner said.
"My brain is much more female than it is male," the 65-year-old replied, publicly stating for the first time what had been only rumored until now.
"I would say I've always been very confused with my gender identity," Jenner explained.
"I'm not gay. ...I've never been with a guy," Jenner said, explaining that gender identity was different than sexuality, and ultimately identifying as asexual.
Jenner admitted to taking hormones in the 1980s, but stopped the transition after getting worried about public reaction.
Of all the famous reality show brood, Jenner said stepdaughter Kim Kardashian has been "by far the most accepting," but it took some convincing from a surprising source.
Jenner said Kardashian credited her rapper husband Kanye West for turning her around by telling her: "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."
During the interview, Jenner noted that stepdaughter Khloe Kardashian was the family member most reluctant to the change at the time, but her tweets during airing seemed to show she had come around.