Bruce Jenner’s First Wife Tells Good Morning America About Watching His 20/20 Special & Recalls The First Time He Told Her About His Struggle
Bruce Jenner is such a lucky person — he has such a wonderful support system in his life!
After the Olympian’s deepest secret was made public knowledge on Friday with the touching 20/20 special with Diane Sawyer, members of Bruiser’s family are coming forward and sharing their feelings for the 65-year-old.
Chrystie Crownover, Bruce’s first wife and the mother of his two eldest children, spoke to Good Morning America about her reaction and feelings on the special and his transition.
“[It] was kind of surreal. It was great because the family was together and thats what I’m most proud of. I know its been painful for him. I know its been a torment in his life.”
Chrystie went on to reveal Bruce’s reaction to the special:
“Pain… pain. He was tearful at times and it broke my heart. It broke my heart for him… I think it was cathartic to watch it together. It was pretty intense.”
Thankfully, the reality star had the support of both his families — the Jenners and the Kardashians — during this pivotal moment in his life.
During the special, Bruce revealed his first wife was the first one to know about his struggle with gender identity.
Burt and Casey Jenner‘s mom explained her thoughts on the moment he first told her:
“Understandably, I was speechless. I didn’t really know what to stay. I was really pleased that he shared that intimacy with me, that he trusted me with his deepest darkest secret. It’s so hard to wrap your head around it particularly because he was such a manly man and he didn’t display any female style in any way. He never indicated anything feminine in his demeanor… It didn’t threaten me, it didn’t threaten our marriage, it wasn’t really a threat… It wasn’t a problem.
I’m sure there are plenty of people that don’t have the courage to come out at all ever and they live private, dark, tortured lives. That’s tragic. The fact that he did share it with me that first year… It was a gift that he gave it to me, that he trusted me with something so intimate.”
Not too many significant others would have the same reaction and thought process as Chrystie.
We’re so glad she was able to keep an open mind about Bruiser’s gender identity and still supports him to this very day!
Ch-ch-check out part of the emotional interview (below)!
( 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 Bauer Griffin Online.]