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 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.
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