Last year, rumors of Bruce Jenner’s alleged desire to transition into a woman seemed to take the public by surprise, but a new source has come forward, explaining that shouldn’t be the case.
According to the insider close to the situation, the 65-year-old allegedly began transitioning — by undergoing hormone therapy, electrolysis and plastic surgery — back in the mid-‘80s. He allegedly stopped once he met his ex-wife Kris Jenner in 1990.
Bruce and Kris Jenner in 1991, the year they tied the knot. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
The source tells ‘Entertainment Tonight’ Bruce was influenced by transgender tennis player Renée Richard’s 1983 autobiography, ‘Second Serve,’ which was later made into a TV movie in 1986.
Around that time, he reportedly began researching gender reassignment surgery with doctors in Denmark, but halted his plans when he began courting Kris.
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Recently, ‘TMZ’ claimed that during their nearly 24-year union, Kris, 59, never spoke about his alleged desires to be a woman — only his “tendency” to cross dress. Sources also tell the site the momager insists she never saw her husband in drag.
As ‘In Touch Weekly’ previously reported, Bruce’s first wife, Chrystie, reportedly confided in Ellen Kardashian (the late Robert Kardashian Sr.’s second wife) that the Olympian would wear her clothes during their marriage.
Bruce and Chrystie, pictured here in 1977, were married from 1972 to 1981.
Though Bruce is currently feuding with a newspaper for publishing recent photos of the father-of-six in a dress, ‘In Touch’ previously unearthed a photo of Bruce in women’s clothing back in 1981.
He donned a dress, heels and a wig for a televised sketch comedy special, ‘Bob Hope’s All-Star Comedy Look at the Fall Season: It’s Still Free and Worth It!’
Bruce’s performance in 1981. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
An insider present at the special told ‘In Touch’ the event allowed Bruce to be his true self and remain in the public eye — something he’s allegedly scared to do today.
“He loved dressing up in women’s clothes, but he always had to hide it,” the insider explained to ‘In Touch.’
“[During the sketch comedy show], he could get away with being who he really wanted to be in front of millions of people. It was frightening, but also very exciting for him. He was more than happy to do it.”