Olympic gold medalist and TV star Bruce Jenner, said Friday that he identifies as a woman, becoming the highest profile American to come out as transgender.
The 65-year-old Jenner made the statement in an extensive interview with Diane Sawyer of ABC, nearly 40 years after his victory in the Olympic gold medal in the decathlon unprecedented gave him the unofficial title of “Athlete’s largest in the world. ”
At the beginning of the recorded interview Jenner’s house Malibu, California, home, Sawyer asked, “Are you a woman?” And Jenner said. “Yes, for all intents and purposes, I am a woman”
“People look at me differently,” said Jenner. “They can see how this male, but my heart and my soul and everything I do in life, it’s part of me, that feminine side is part of me. That’s what I am.”
Known to younger generations, as the patriarch of the clan Kardashian reality TV, Jenner was on ABC’s “20/20” string to put to rest months of speculation that he was making the transition to life as a woman .
“I do not genetically born that way,” Jenner said. “From now on, I have all the male parts and all that sort of thing. In many ways we are different, right? But still identify ourselves as women. And that is very difficult for Bruce Jenner say. But why? I do not want disappoint people. ”
Although Jenner did not address pronoun preference, Sawyer said for this interview, Jenner asked the public use “familiar” he “or” him “.”
Three times married and divorced father of six biological children and four stepchildren, Jenner said he is not gay and never had sex with a man.
His first two wives sent messages of support Jenner Sawyer, while his most recent wife, Kris Jenner, the manager and mother of the stars on E! Entertainment “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” had no comment.
One of the most difficult moments of Jenner was about 18 months ago, when reporters waiting for him when he was about to undergo a tracheal shave, a sign of a transition towards women. Briefly had thoughts of killing yourself to escape the gaze of the sensationalist media.
Tell your family, however, their transition were rather soft and children over Jenner expressed support for his father in the camera.
“I feel like I’m doing an enhanced version of my father,” the son Brandon Jenner said.