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Kim has been 'most accepting' about my gender identity: Bruce Jenner

Speaking in a long-awaited interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner said on Friday that he has always been confused about his gender identity.

tv Updated: Apr 25, 2015 18:28 IST
Bruce Jenner,Kim Kardashian,Kanye West

Speaking in a long-awaited interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner said on Friday that he has always been confused about his gender identity.

Bruce Jenner also revealed that his daughter Kim Kardashian has been the "most accepting" with help from Kanye West. In his interview with Diane Sawyer, the former Olympian asserted that he could be married to the most beautiful woman in the world, and he was and can have the most beautiful daughter in the world, and he have that, People Magazine reported.

The 65-year-old TV personality continued that but he was nothing if he could not be himself and he needs to be true to himself otherwise it won't mean anything.

Jenner said that Kourtney Kardashian was most concerned with helping her three children understand their grandfather?s change and Khloe Kardashian was struggling after losing her dad so young and watching her marriage to Lamar Odom fall apart.

Jenner took out his ponytail to let his long hair flow behind him. "My brain is more female than it is male," said Jenner, the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion who has been better known in recent years as part of television's omnipresent Kardashian family.

Jenner said he hopes that speaking publicly about the gender issues would do some good in the world and vigorously denied that the interview was some sort of publicity stunt to promote the Kardashian reality TV show. "If the Kardashian show gave me a foothold to do some good, I'm all for that," Jenner said.

Jenner said he self-identifies as "her," not a specific name. But he told Sawyer he felt comfortable using the pronouns "he" and "him," a designation that is an important issue for many in the transgender community. As a young boy, Jenner felt an urge to try on his mother's and sister's dresses. "I didn't know why I was doing it," he said. "It just made me feel good."

Jenner said he told his first two wives about the gender confusion, and it was a factor in the breakup of his second marriage. During the 1980s, he began taking hormones, had surgery to make his nose smaller and was having hair removed from his face and chest.

Jenner said he has never been sexually attracted to men, and he wanted to make clear to viewers that gender identity and sexuality were separate things. "I am not gay," Jenner said. "I am, as far as I know, heterosexual. I've always been with a woman, raising kids."

Jenner said he's gone back to say he was sorry to people in his life hurt by the gender identity issues. "I've apologized to everybody," Jenner said. "I've apologized my whole life." He fought back tears and reached for a tissue before the interview even began. Jenner said it was hard to talk about gender issues because of concerns about disappointing people.

Jenner explained that it was very difficult for him to tell his kids about his big decision but he had to do it as he couldn?t have done this without telling them because he was concerned for his family and couldn't let himself hurt his children

The American TV personality asserted that people looked at him differently and they saw him as this macho male, but in his heart and his soul and everything that he did in life it was a part of him. The former Olympian added that his transition is not a publicity stunt.

First Published: Apr 25, 2015 16:55 IST