Caitlyn Jenner was born in 1949 in Mt. Kisco, New York as Bruce. She is a former U.S. track and field athlete who won the gold medal in the decathalon at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. She currently appears on the reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and is the father of Burt and Casey, from his marriage to Chrystie Crownover; Brandon and Brody, from his marriage to Linda Thompson; and Kendall and Kylie, from his marriage to Kris Kardashian. He is the stepfather of Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Rob Kardashian. She came out as transgender in 2015.
In a new clip from a two-part special of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kris Jenner is in tears after learning of the news from Bruce. Jenner:
He’s the most amazing person I know. I couldn’t ask for a better dad. He taught me how to ride a bike and be the tomboy that I am…He would drive us to school and he would be the first one in line to pick us up.
He has to deal with this for his entire life of waking up and feeling like ‘whoa, this isn’t my body. This doesn’t feel comfortable.
Kris Jenner files for divorce from Bruce Jenner in Los Angeles Superior Court citing irreconcilable differences. Kris asks for joint physical and legal custody of daughter Kylie Jenner, her jewelry, and assets acquired since the separation. Source.
They both did it together. It’s all done and [there’s] no drama or messiness. They worked out all details over the last few months.
Jenner chats about the aging process and her divorce from Bruce:
It’s not an easy thing I think that you chose to do things…..like I went through a divorce a long time ago with Robert Kardashian and it was not fun. It was so scary and I was so young and I had four kids and then we ended up being best friends. You can chose to do things in a real grown up way and be friends through something and make it so that everyone around you is comfortable and happy.
Jenner’s mother, Esther Jenner, says that Jenner is undergoing transition to become a woman in an interview with RadarOnline.
I just learned about [his transition]. Bruce filled me in, and we had a very long, long, long talk about it. 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.
Jenner’s Cadillac Escalade rear ends a Lexus on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, causing it to veer into oncoming traffic where it is hit by a Hummer. The driver of the Lexus dies at the scene. Witness:
Bruce seemed physically okay after the accident, but he acted extremely concerned about the other people involved. There was one fatality and several other people were injured. Bruce walked around the accident scene without obvious injuries, but his car was damaged.
My heartfelt and deepest sympathies go out to the family and loved ones, and to all of those who were involved or injured in this terrible accident. It is a devastating tragedy, and I cannot pretend to imagine what this family is going through at this time. I am praying for them. I will continue to cooperate in every way possible.
Detectives for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are using video recovered from a mass transit bus driving in the opposite direction as Jenner as a part of their crash investigation. Law enforcement source:
(Investigators) do have a videotape from a bus.
Unidentified sources tell TMZ the video clearly shows Jenner’s Cadillac Escalade rear-ending Howe’s white Lexus and sending it into the path of an oncoming Hummer, without Howe ever touching the Prius lined up in front of her. Jenner then plows into the Prius before coming to a stop. Law enforcement source says it is a “leading possibility” that Jenner hit both cars in front of him.
Jenner comes out as an transgender in an interview with Swayer.
For all intents and purposes, I am a woman. My heart and my soul and all I do in life, that is part of me…People look at me differently. They see you as this macho male, but my heart and my soul and everything that I do in life — it is part of me. That female side is part of me.
Jenner also says he is a Republican:
I’ve always been more on the conservative side.
And a Christian:
I would sit in church and always wonder, ‘In God’s eyes, how does he see me?’ Maybe this is my cause in life. This is why God put me on this earth…to deal with this issue.
Jenner is sued by the stepchildren of Howe, who claim Jenner was ‘careless and negligent’ when he rear-ended her car, causing it to crash into another car, leading to her death in February. A source close to the investigation claims Jenner only had insurance coverage up to $250,000 at the time of the accident.
Jenner comes out as Caitlyn on the cover of Vanity Fair., appearing in a corset in a photo by Liebowitz.
If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life. You never dealt with yourself,’ and I don’t want that to happen.
In the article she describes doing public appearances after winning the gold medal:
Underneath my suit I have a bra and panty hose and this and that and thinking to myself, They know nothing about me. . . . Little did they know I was totally empty inside. Caitlyn. doesn’t have any lies.
The magazine releases a video of Jenner’s photo shoot:
I was probably at the games because I was running away from a lot of things. I’m very very proud of the accomplishment. I don’t want to diminish that. The last few days in doing this shoot is about my life, and who I am as a person. It’s not about the fanfare. It’s not about people cheering in the stadium. It’s not about going down he street and everybody giving me an ‘Attaboy Bruce’ pat on the back. This is about your life. Bruce always had to tell a lie. He was always living that lie. Every day he always had a secret, from morning ’til night. Caitlyn doesn’t have any secrets. As soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I’m free.
Caitlyn Jenner Is Finally “Free” on Vanity Fair’s Cover
E! Online releases a trailer for I am Cait, an eight-part, one-hour documentary series which will illustrate the star living her life as a transgender woman. The show airs Sunday, July 26.
When you start learning the kind of pressure women are under, all the time, until their appearance all the time. I never got it until a ouple of weeks ago. A professional came in and did my makeup. What a difference!
Caitlyn Jenner's New Show "I Am Cait" Trailer | I am Cait | E!
ET releases surveillance camera images of Jenner’s crash. The images, shot from two angles by security cameras on a passing public bus, appear to show Jenner’s Cadillac Escalade, which was towing a trailer carrying an off-road vehicle, hitting both a white Lexus, driven by Howe, and a black Prius. Howe collides with a black Hummer, and dies in the crash. Jenner’s attorney:
As part of a reasonable investigation, we have seen parts of an MTA bus video, and when all of the photographic and video evidence of this tragic accident, and all available witness information, is made available to us, we will be in a better position to make fair comments.
Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS, in talks about support for transgendered youth:
Real truth is before few months ago, I’ve never met anyone else who was trans. Never. As you saw, I dealt with my situation on my own, in private. But all across the world, there are young people coming to terms with being transgender. They’re trying to figure out how to handle that. They’re getting bullied. They’re getting murdered. And they’re committing suicide. This is the reality of what it’s like being trans today…My plea for you tonight is to join me in making this one of your issues as well. How do we start? Start with education. Learn as much as you can about another person. I know the people in this room have respect for hard work. I trained hard. I competed hard. And for that, people respected me. But this transition has been harder for me than anything I could have imagined. Trans people deserve something vital. They deserve your respect.
It is an honor to have the word courage associated with my life. Another word I have is fortunate. I owe a lot to sports. It has given me an identity. If someone wanted to bully me [back then], it didn’t matter because I was the MVP. Same thing goes tonight. If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead, I can take it. But for the thousands of kids out there coming to terms with being true to who they are, they shouldn’t have to take it. So for the people wondering what this is all about — courage, controversy, publicity, it’s about what happens from here… its not just about one person. It’s about thousands. Not just me, all of us. Accepting one another. We’re all different and that’s not a bad thing. That’s a good thing. While it may not be easy to get past, it is possible if we do it together. Thank you so much for this honor, bestowed on myself and my family.
Cox and Jenner meet after months of contact via phone and Twitter.
I was deeply moved by About Bruce and Caitlyn’s family’s very really struggle with this change and the deep love and devotion that they have for Caitlyn was deeply moving. I cried many, many times watching it.
Jenner goes on stage a L.A.’s Greek Theatre to introduce Culture Club.
Thank you very much! Thank you! Caitlyn Jenner in the house for her first Boy George concert! This is going to be a good group. Thank you so much. Enough about me. Thank you for being here tonight This is so much fun for me and let’s hear it here at the Greek Theatre for Boy George!
I expected a standing ovation for her and I wasn’t disappointed. We need to celebrate the kinds of changes that are happening.
Jenner, Carter and others who worked on the Vanity Fair cover and article talk about their work in a behind-the-scenes short film. Carter:
He was at a stage in his life where he was going to make this seismic change. I thought this cover, if we got it right, with a great image from Annie Leibovitz, you’ve got this incredible cresting political issue of transgender…We brought in the security that we use for the Oscar party, for the Whitehouse Correspondents’ Dinner,” Carter explained. “We had security at the photoshoot, security at the printer.
I’ve basically been inside this house for three months. I haven’t really left. It’s difficult because I can’t go out and be seen by the paparazzi. It was just hell. It was really, really tough on me…It’s been great, so many good people, and love and support. I had this one time where I looked from a distance and I just thought, ‘Oh my god!’ It was the first time I’d ever really seen an image of me, who I am. Over-the-top better than I ever thought I’d ever be, especially at my age. Seeing that image was powerful to me.
Jenner stars in E! eight-part docuseries, I Am Caitt. The show follows her introducing herself to her family, starting with her mother, Esther, and her two sisters, Lisa and Pam. She is suppoorted by two friends: Ronda, her friend and personal assistant, and Courtney, her devoted hair stylist. On her responsibility to the transgender community:
I have a voice and there are so many people out there that do not.
Jenner’s mother says she likes Caitlyn’s personality better than Bruce’s.
West and Kardashian meet with Jenner for the first time following her transition on E!’s I Am Cait. West:
One of the strongest things that have happened in our existence as human beings that are controlled by perception. You couldn’t have been up against more: Like, your daughter is a supermodel, you’re a celebrity, you have every type of thing, and it was still like, ‘f— everybody, this is who I am.’
Detectives will present evidence to the prosecution that could lead to a misdemeanor manslaughter charge against Jenner. Because there’s “nothing really egregious” in the case, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. says there’s a “50/50” chance that she will be charged. A misdemeanor manslaughter charge usually carries a one-year jail sentence.
Spirit Halloween releases a Caitlyn Jenner costume in time for Halloween. The costume recreates Jenner’s look when she debuted as a woman on the cover of Vanity Fair in June, complete with shorts, a padded top, a wig, and a sash that reads, “Call Me Caitlyn.”
In an interview with Lauer on Today, Jenner says she cannot say much about the crash as she is involved in litigation, but admits her fears over possibly being sent to Los Angeles Men’s County Jail should she be charged with misdemeanor manslaughter.
I remember it happening. That’s about it…A tragedy like this, you’ll never get over it. You just learn to live with it the best you possibly can…That [going to men’s jail] is the worst case scenario. I don’t know. We’ll see. The Men’s County Jail. It is an enormous problem that they would put trans-women in Men’s County Jail.
She also says she has no regrets transitioning.
I think about my life — and where I’m at in my life right now. What a tremendous experience this is. Hardly nobody gets to live two genders in their life. Everybody wonders, ‘Oh, what’s it like to be coming from the other side?’ You know, their thinking, the way they act, everything? And here I have the opportunity to do that. And to be honest with you, everything’s so new and fun. From that standpoint, it’s been great. There’s nothing more, nothing better in life to wake up in the morning, look at yourself in the mirror and feel comfortable with yourself and who you are.
The L.A. County D.A.’s Office says that Jenner was negligent, but not criminal and will not be prosecuted for vehicular manslaughter in February’s fatal PCH car crash. However, sources say that The D.A. can ignore the conclusions and go forward by filing criminal charges anyway, although it is seen as unlikely.
Judge Rosenberg grants Jenner’s petition to change her name and gender during a brief hearing at LA Superior Court. Jenner does not attend but is represented by two lawyers. The approval means Jenner’s new name is Caitlyn Marie Jenner, replacing her birth name of William Bruce Jenner. She can now get documents — including a driver’s license and Social Security card — that conform to her new identity. Some details of the petition are redacted for provacy reasons:
Although public support for my transition has been overwhelmingly supportive, I am also receiving unwelcome negative attention from private citizens, including threats of bodily harm.
McGowan pens an open letter on Facebook about Jenner’s acceptance speech for Glamour’s Woman of the Year award:
Caitlyn Jenner you do not understand what being a woman is about at all. You want to be a woman and stand with us – well learn us. We are more than deciding what to wear. We are more than the stereotypes foisted upon us by people like you. You’re a woman now? Well f***ing learn that we have had a VERY different experience than your life of male privilege.
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