In what must be one of the most highly-anticipated interviews in television history, ABC’s Diane Sawyer asked former Olympics champ-turned-reality TV star Bruce Jenner if he’s a woman and, ending many months of speculation, the answer came back, “Yes, for all intents and purposes, I am a woman.”
ABC revealed little about the contents of the two-hour special edition of 20/20, titled Bruce Jenner: The Interview, which was taped in February at Jenner’s house in Malibu, ahead of its 9 pm ET broadcast.
Sawyer began the interview by asking, “Are you ready?”
Jenner, 65, with tears in his eyes, responded that he was.
“Diane, Let’s do it,” he said. “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 my story? How do I tell people what I’ve been through, and that day is today. I need the tissues — it’s gonna be kinda tough, but today’s the day.”
Jenner then told Sawyer that he has always been confused with my gender identity.
In a clip from the interview (below) Jenner makes it clear to Sawyer that he is not gay and has never had sex with a man.
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Jenner silenced cynics who think that, as part of the press-hungry Kardashian clan (last year Jenner divorced his third wife, Kris, mother of the family), that this might be a publicity stunt. ABC Breaking US News | US News Videos
In another surprising announcement, Jenner revealed that he’s Republican. “Is that a bad thing?” he asked Sawyer.
It was also made known that E! will chronicle Jenner’s transition in a docu-series that will begin airing this summer.
Jenner’s announcement has made him [Jenner told Sawyer that he prefers using the masculine pronouns] perhaps the highest-profile person to publicly come out as transgender. He also informed Sawyer that he has been undergoing hormone therapy for a year and a half but has not made yet up his mind about reassignment surgery.
“As of now, I have all the male parts and all that kind of stuff, so in a lot of ways we’re different, okay?” Jenner told Sawyer during the interview. “But we still identify as female. And that’s very hard for Bruce Jenner to say. Because why? I don’t want to disappoint people.”
Jenner also told Sawyer that he had at one time considered suicide, but is now optimistic about how his story will end.
The interview will definitely go down as a watershed moment in television history. Media watchdog org GLAAD immediately issued a statement that read in part:
“Today, millions of people learned that someone they know is transgender,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “By sharing this story, Bruce Jenner has shined a light on what it means to be transgender and live authentically in the face of unimaginable public scrutiny. Though Jenner’s journey is one that is deeply personal, it is also one that will impact and inspire countless people around the world.”
Jenner also revealed that has the support of his mother, sister, three former wives and all six of his children. Earlier today Jenner’s son Brandon shared his via Instagram and this adorable childhood pic.
Proud son. A photo posted by Brandon Jenner (@brandontjenner) on
A number of celebs began took to social media to commend Jenner’s bravery.