Bruce Jenner is expected to make the official announcement to the world that he is undergoing a transition from man to woman in the upcoming interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC’s 20/20.
The former Olympian’s transition has been widely speculated and documented via occasional quotes and photographs.
ABC News has described the two-hour interview as “far-ranging”.
Bruce Jenner’s transition seemed to be confirmed last month by his daughter Kendall in an Us Weekly interview, but the magazine since retracted the story.
The publication originally quoted Kendall Jenner as saying: “He’s a wonderful man. And just because he’s changing shoes now, so to speak, doesn’t make him less wonderful. I will always love my dad, whether he’s a man or a woman.”
However, Kendall Jenner fired back on Twitter: “Shame on US Weekly for making up quotes. I NEVER said those things. I never spoke to them.”
Bruce Jenner – The Interview special will air on Friday, April 24th, at 9/8c on 20/20.
According to recent reports, Bruce Jenner opened up to his family that he has known since the age of 5 that he was a female.
The Kardashian-Jenner patriarch told his family he has kept his “true self” inside since he was a child, and even during the ’76 Olympics – when he was considered the greatest male athlete in the world – in his head he was a woman, TMZ has reported.
However, the gossip website says, Bruce Jenner has “never been female” in front of any of his kids, meaning that he never wore female attire around the children.
Kim Kardashian’s husband, Kanye West, was immediately supportive when he found out Bruce Jenner was officially transitioning to live as a woman.
But Kourtney Kardashian’s boyfriend, Scott Disick, “didn’t react very well” when he first learned of Bruce Jenner’s plans, new reports claim.
However, a source told People magazine, Scott Disick “is now on board,” just like Kanye West was from the start.
Kanye West “is totally fine with it. He believes in live and let live, and he took it all in stride”, the source told the magazine.
The magazine further shares that Bruce Jenner was completely open with his family about his process.
“Bruce told them everything – where things stood, what his plans were for the future, and what everyone could expect,” says People magazine’s source.
“Everyone basically knew what was up, but it was still a shock to hear it outlined so explicitly.”
The insider also talked about Kris Jenner’s reaction: “Kim went to Kris and asked her how she felt. They had a very long conversation about it. Once Kim was satisfied that Kris was emotionally OK, she was able to give Bruce her unconditional support.”
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West “are just trying to show Bruce love and acceptance – complete acceptance”, says the People source.
Bruce Jenner’s transition to a woman is expected to be showcased on the upcoming season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Bruce Jenner’s mother said she supports his decision to become a woman and admits that she didn’t know of the struggles he dealt with while being a man.
Esther Jenner, 88, said that if her son’s transformation can help others who are struggling with their identity, “then it will all be worth it”.
Bruce Jenner’s mom confirmed on February 3 the former decathlon champion is becoming a woman.
“Right now I am more proud of him for what he’s allowing himself to do,” Esther Jenner told Radaronline.com.
“I am more proud of him now than when he stood on that podium and put the gold medal around his neck. He deserves all the respect.”
Esther Jenner admitted she “did not know of his” inner struggle with being a man until recently.
“I just learned about” his transition, she said.
“Bruce filled me in, and we had a very long, long, long talk about it.”
Bruce Jenner’s mom said she loves her son just the same.
“I support him whole-heartedly,” she said.
“I just love him like I always have.”
Bruce Jenner, she said, will be an inspiration to thousands of others who have long felt themselves women trapped in men’s bodies.
She added: “I have never been more proud of Bruce for who he is, himself as a father, as an Olympian, a wonderful public speaker.
“He instills enthusiasm in people. He’s gifted.”
According to his mother, Bruce Jenner’s transformation will be televised.
Until now, Bruce Jenner’s transformation was a poorly-kept secret as the athlete who once graced a Wheaties box began transforming in front of America’s eyes, appearing in public with long flowing locks and lipstick on his lips.
While his former wife, Kris Jenner, has reportedly been struggling with his decision to become a woman, the Kardashian girls have been supportive.
Bruce Jenner, 65, is a thrice-married father of six who is step-dad to the Kardashian girls and Rob Kardashian.