How has being transgender affected your marriage?
Interview with Caitlyn Jenner - "What Bruce can, Caitlyn can too"
Ms. Jenner, what does it mean to you suddenly to be a woman?
I can finally show the real me. This woman has lived inside me all my life - I finally have the opportunity to show her off. However, there are some feminine secrets, often trifles, that I still have to learn. I think getting along with one's gender is a journey into the unknown for everyone.
Is Bruce all gone?
No. Little Bruce lives in me now. In many things I am still the same person as I was before.
Hand on heart, are there any Bruce qualities that you miss as Caitlyn?
I can't think of anything, honestly. Of course, the conversion and the name change were traumatic in the beginning. Bruce was a good person. But I still have the same views, the same relationships with people as before. I still fly planes or go to horse races. What Bruce can, Caitlyn can too.
Why did you wait so long to transform into a woman when you always knew who you really were?
I had to get to the point where my children were grown and my living conditions were in order. When I made my peace with God, I said, "Okay, now I'm going to show the real me."
With a family like yours, this cannot be done in secret, quietly and quietly. You are in the spotlight all the time.
I was aware of that. That's why I wanted to help other transsexuals with my public outing. You know, people trapped in the body of the wrong sex commit suicide or are even murdered. I want to set an example and be a role model. Hence the reality show. I hardly had any privacy anyway.
How did that work?
The media is brutal. I've been slandered and panned in the worst possible way over the past three years. Four or five paparazzi followed me all the time, cutting off my path with their cars. Worst of all, they outed my plans before I talked to my kids and mom about them. It was that bad.
How did your children react when you told them about your planned sex reassignment surgery?
My kids were fantastic. I first told my son Brandon, who said, "Dad, I've never been more proud of you than I am now." I was most concerned about telling my daughters Kylie and Kendall because they are younger. It turned out that they were only concerned about me because they love me.
You have come out not only as a woman, but also as a staunch Republican. Are you a fan of Donald Trump?
To be clear, I will be supporting the Republican candidate in the campaign against Hillary Clinton. No matter who it is. He'll need all your help.
In the preview of your show, you say that you cannot imagine meeting women. Say, you want to date men?
In principle, I would be open to it because it would be nice to share life with a partner. But it would have to be a very special man.
But are you still single at the moment?
I'm not in a hurry. I am completely involved and I already have a family and my children. They keep me busy every day.
What would one have to do to land with you?
Be enterprising. I used to always hate going out at night. But as Caitlyn, I love going to restaurants or great events with my girls. I'm also learning to dance salsa right now. It's going pretty well. However, I don't want to dance in public with anyone just yet. Otherwise a picture of it will soon go around the world. I can't do that to my kids.
How about other talents? Cooking, for example.
Unfortunately, that has not improved. I'll try it, but it tastes just as bad as Bruce's.
Interview: Dierk Sindermann
Caitlyn Marie Jenner was born Bruce William Jenner in Mount Kisco, New York, in 1949. He first achieved fame in 1976 as an Olympic champion in the decathlon.
Decathlon Olympic champion Bruce Jenner carries the Olympic torch one stage along Lake Tahoe in Nevada on the way to the Games in Los Angeles (undated). Source: dpa
In 1991 he married the former flight attendant Kris Houghton, divorced Kardashian, who brought her daughters Kourtney, Kim and Khloé into the relationship. Kris gives Bruce the daughters Kendall and Kylie; from his first two marriages he has four children.
The Kardashian-Jenner clan became famous in 2007 with the reality soap "Keeping Up with the Kardashians". In 2014 the Jenners divorced because of "irreconcilable differences". On April 24, 2015, Jenner announced that she was a trans woman. The 66-year-old's reality show "I Am Cait" has been running since this week on the German pay TV channel E! Entertainment.
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