My brain is more female than male, says Bruce Jenner in ABC interview
Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner says that “for all intents and purposes, I am a woman.”
Jenner spoke in a long-awaited interview televised Friday with ABC’s Diane Sawyer about her gender identity, saying she has always been confused about it. Early in the interview, Jenner took out her ponytail to let her long hair flow behind her.
“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 she 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.
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 she told her first two wives about the gender confusion, and it was a factor in the breakup of her second marriage. During the 1980s, she began taking hormones, had surgery to make her nose smaller and was having hair removed from her face and chest.
Jenner said she has never been sexually attracted to men, and she 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 she’s gone back to say she was sorry to people in her life hurt by the gender identity issues.
“I’ve apologized to everybody,” Jenner said. “I’ve apologized my whole life.”
She 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.