When Caitlyn Jenner —then known as Bruce — came out as transgender, the 65-year-old told Diane Sawyer that Kim Kardashian walked in on her dressed up as a woman several years prior.
And now, the mother-of-two, 34, is opening up about their encounter in a touching personal essay posted on her newly launched website.
Kim and Caitlyn (then Bruce) in 2006. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“My mom was out of town with my little sisters, visiting my grandmother in San Diego, and I was living with her and Bruce at the time in Calabasas,” she writes.
“I came home from a friend’s house and walked into the garage and Bruce was there, dressed up as a woman. Heels, wig, makeup and all! I don’t remember specifically what he had on because I put my head down and ran into my bedroom.”
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Kim says part of the reason she was able to wrap her head around what she was seeing was because when she was as young as 11, she remembers hearing her father, Robert Kardashian Sr., joking with friends about rumors of Caitlyn cross-dressing.
“I thought my dad was jealous of my mom’s new husband, that he was joking with his friends on the phone,” she says. “But suddenly I knew it was all true.”
Kourtney & I with our dad! A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Apr 18, 2015 at 8:58pm PDT
Kourtney & I with our dad!
A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Apr 18, 2015 at 8:58pm PDT
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Caitlyn has celebrated the mother-of-two for being “the most accepting” of the major life change — crediting her husband Kanye West with helping her understand.
Cait told Diane Sawyer, “Kim told me a story. She goes, ‘You know what really turned me around in thinking about this? Kanye.’ They were talking about it, and he said to Kim, ‘Look, I can be married to the most beautiful woman in the world, and I am. I can have the most beautiful little daughter in the world. I have that. But I’m nothing if I can’t be me…if I can’t be true to myself, they don’t mean anything.’”
Kim, Kanye and North at Kanye’s fashion show in February. (Photo Credit: Splash)
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That being said, Kim admits that adjusting to the former Olympian’s transition hasn’t always been easy.
“Is it weird for me? Yes, this person has been my stepdad for half my life,” she says.
“But life is just about being happy — that’s the one common denominator that everyone can understand. If you aren’t able to be you, who can you be?”