In a long-awaited interview with Diane Sawyer, Bruce Jenner revealed he is, in fact, a woman.
“Yes, and for all intents and purposes, I am a woman,” Bruce Jenner told Diane Sawyer within the first five minutes of his highly anticipated 20/20 interview on April 24.
Bruce Jenner said he began the process in the 1980s, after a lifetime of feeling uncomfortable in his skin.
He said this is the last time he will be known as Bruce Jenner – but didn’t reveal a new name yet.
The former Olympian said during the sit-down: “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 people what I’ve been through? Today is that day, and I get to choose.”
During the 1980s, Bruce Jenner began taking female hormones and continued doing so for five years. He confided in his older sister and admitted dressing up in her clothes when younger.
Bruce Jenner says he dreams as a woman.
Eventually, he stopped taking the female hormones because he didn’t want to disappoint people.
He has been back on female hormones for the past year and a half.
Bruce Jenner says throughout the years, we have seen him out in public dressed as a woman but he wasn’t recognized.
His announcement comes after longtime speculation that he was transitioning to female.
However, he maintained: “I’m not gay.”
While Bruce and third wife Kris Jenner divorced in 2014, he confessed: “I loved Kris, I had a wonderful life with her. I learned a lot from her.”
The interview touched on several key points in Bruce Jenner’s personal history, like his resurgence of stardom thanks to family reality series Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
He said: “We’ve done 425 episodes, I think, over almost 8 years. Over the entire run, I kept thinking to myself, <<Oh my god. this whole thing, the one real true story in the family was the one I was hiding and nobody knew about it>>.”
“The one thing that could really make a difference in people’s lives was right here in my soul, and I couldn’t tell it.”
At one moment of the special, Diane Sawyer spoke about how different generations received Bruce Jenner: some know her as the patriarch of reality clan the Kardashians, and others a world class athlete.
The former Olympian responded: “God said, <<Let’s give him the soul of a female, and let’s see how he deals with that>>.”
Bruce Jenner says he was terrified to tell his children, as he did not want to hurt them.
He first told son Brandon, 33, who tells Sawyer that his father was very nervous during their conversation.
“When you’re that close to somebody, you notice little things … I feel like I am getting an upgraded version of my dad.”
Bruce Jenner, who happily showed Sawyer a black lace dress in his closet, says he will always be Dad to his children.
At the time of the interview, Bruce Jenner says his daughters have been reluctant to see the person he calls “her.”
Bruce Jenner says Kim Kardashian has been the most accepting, saying: “Girl, you gotta rock it baby… you gotta look really good.”
The two-hour special was long expected to be Bruce Jenner’s official announcement that he is undergoing gender reassignment, which had been widely speculated on for months.
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.
Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols has died of cardiac arrest on November 19 at the age of 83.
Mike Nichols won an Oscar for directing the 1967 film The Graduate.
The German-born director was also Oscar nominated for his work on Working Girl, The Remains of the Day, Silkwood and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.
MikeNichols was one of only 12 stars to win all four major US entertainment awards – an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
His last film was 2007’s Charlie Wilson’s War, starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.
The director was married to ABC News presenter Diane Sawyer – his fourth wife – whom he wed in 1988.
Mike Nichols had been working on an HBO film adaptation of Master Class – the Terrence McNally play about opera star Maria Callas – starring Meryl Streep in the lead role.
The film was to reunite the director with Meryl Streep, having previously worked together on 1983’s Silkwood and on stage in a 2001 production of The Seagull.
Mike Nichols began his career in the late 1950s as part of a comedy duo with Elaine May.
The pair released three best-selling records, one of which won the Grammy for best comedy album in 1962.
Switching to directing, Mike Nichols made his Broadway debut with Neil Simon’s Barefoot In The Park, starring Robert Redford. The show was a hit and earned Mike Nichols his first Tony award in 1964.
The following year he picked up Tonys for productions of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple and Luv.
Moving to the big screen, his first directorial project was 1966’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, the film brought Mike Nichols his first Oscar nomination.
In 1967, Mike Nichols won his first Oscar for directing The Graduate, featuring Dustin Hoffman in his breakout role.
Diane Sawyer’s Election Night performance left some viewers asking if she had begun celebrating Tuesday’s election a bit early.
Co-anchoring ABC News’ coverage, the veteran journalist struck a different manner from her practiced, straight-news-delivering style.
Diane Sawyer spoke more slowly than usual while seeming to prop herself on outstretched arms at the anchor desk she shared with George Stephanopoulos.
“OK,” she said at one point around 10 p.m. EST, “I wanna – can we have our music, because this is another big one here?
“Minnesota, we’re ready to project Minnesota, rrright now. … Well, tonight we know that President Barack has won Minnesota,” she rambled on, stumbling over the president’s name.
Maybe Sawyer was just weary from the recent torrent of news.
In any case, the Twitterverse took quick notice and began cracking wise.
Diane Sawyer’s Election Night performance left some viewers asking if she had begun celebrating Tuesday’s election a bit early
Her name was soon trending with unflattering posts, while a new Twitter handle, Drunk Diane Sawyer, collected hundreds of followers. An ABC spokesman did not comment.
“A bit tipsy”, ”hammered” or “on pain killers, muscle relaxers, benzos or some combination” were among the jeering explanations.
Another likened it to an episode of HBO’s drama The Newsroom, where Will McAvoy, the fictitious anchorman, had eaten a couple of pot brownies before unexpectedly being summoned to his anchor desk to report a news story.
Some tweeters joked that a more fun-loving Diane Sawyer was a ploy by ABC to boost viewership.
Several Twitter followers said they were drawn to the network by word that Diane Sawyer was behaving, by one description, “a bit wacky”.