Such a loving reunion of exes (above)! Well, except for Kris Jenner, who seems to be missing!
But it’s no surprise Bruce Jenner has such a good relationship with his ex-wives, they were one of the very few he told his secret to.
Linda Thompson, the former Olympian’s second wife, is currently writing a memoir that also includes a passage about her marriage to the 65-year-old.
On the same evening Bruce’s 20/20 special with Diane Sawyer aired, a lengthy excerpt from her memoir in progress was shared on the Huffington Post.
In this post, the 64-year-old wrote about the moment she met her ex-husband, their happy life together, and more importantly, the day Bruiser told her about his struggle with his gender identity.
Elvis‘ ex love recalled:
“When Brody was about 18 months old and Brandon was about 3 and a half years old, Bruce came to me one day with a very somber look on his face and said, “There’s something about me that I really need to tell you, something you need to know.” I truly thought he might possibly tell me he had had an affair while on the road. But that’s not what he wanted to confess to me. Bruce told me that he identified as a woman. Not understanding exactly what he meant, I questioned him. “What do you mean you identify as a woman?” I asked. “What does that mean?” He replied that it meant that for as long as he could remember, he had looked in the mirror and seen a masculine image staring back at him where there should have been a feminine reflection. Bruce lamented, “I have lived in the wrong skin, the wrong body, my whole life. It is a living hell for me, and I really feel that I would like to move forward with the process of becoming a woman, the woman I have always been inside.”People have asked me, “Were there any signs or clues through the years that Bruce might have had this issue? Any evidence he wore your clothes?” No. Not a clue. Nothing. Nada. Never.”
She then went on to explain she thought it was something she and her then-husband could overcome.
They went to therapy to try and “fix” the situation, but the therapist explained to Linda that it wasn’t something she could change.
“I was so heartbroken that I would get in my car day and night and aimlessly drive up and down Pacific Coast Highway, crying. I mourned the death of my marriage, my man, and my dream of enjoying a lifetime of family togetherness. But I was also empathetic to, and mourned for, the pain that Bruce had experienced every day of his life. As earth-shattering as his confession had been for me, pulling the proverbial rug out from under my world, Bruce’s struggle made mine pale in comparison. I now had to “man up,” support Bruce and his decisions regarding his own body, take care of my sons, and move on with my life.”
Thankfully Thompson was able to understand her ex-husband’s struggles and didn’t push to “fix” him.
To read Linda’s excerpt in full, CLICK HERE.
( From Perez: Bruce stated in the interview to use “he” and “him” so we will do so in our coverage until that changes. )
[Image via Linda Thompson/Instagram.]