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10 Most Jawbreaking Moments From the Bruce Jenner Interview

The highly-anticipated–and easily the biggest interview of the decade—aired last night on ABC. Bruce Jenner, the elusive, former Olympian and reigning symbol of the American macho male and notorious patriarch of the Kardashian dynasty told the world he’s a woman.

A timely lead-in to Jenner’s show documenting his transition to female premiering on E! Sunday, July 26, Diane Sawyer took 17 million viewers on a journey of a 65 year-old man who has longed and needed to break-free and become the female who has owned and ruled his soul. It was a hour of profound bravery, confusion and worldly astonishment.

And here’s the 10 most jawbreaking moments! 

1. Bruce Jenner takes out his ponytail, declares he’s a woman:

“For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman,” Jenner said. “People look at me differently. They see you as this macho male, but my heart and my soul and everything that I do in life — it is part of me.”

2. On being gay:

“No, I’m not gay. I am not gay, I am, as far as I know, heterosexual.” Jenner reveals he’s still attracted to women and will not consider himself lesbian after his full transition.

3. On when his transition first began:

Jenner reveals he started taking female hormones in the ’80s. “I did it almost five years,” Jenner said.

4. Kim Kardashian caught him in a dress.

“Kim caught me one time, walked in,” he said. “She kind of walked out and jumped in the car and went for a ride, and I tried to call her and said, ‘hey, are you OK?’ … it was like this big secret in the family and we never talked about it again.”

5. On the first time he wore a dress as a kid:

“I marked the closet so when I put it back I could put it all back, everything back in the exact same spot so I wouldn’t get caught,” Jenner said. “And, at the time, I didn’t know why I was doing it besides it just made me feel good.”

6. On the first person he told:

Jenner told his first wife Chrystie Jenner a year into their marriage. 

“I said ‘these are my issues. This is what I deal with.’ And they think I do a little cross dressing, I do a little of this, a little of that, you know, ‘it’s going to be fine, we’ll work all this stuff out,’” Jenner said.

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7. On Kanye West’s Reaction:

“Kim told me a story,” Jenner said. “She goes, ‘you know what really turned me around on thinking about this?’ I said, ‘what?’ She goes, ‘Kanye.’ I went, ‘oh, OK.’ … they were talking about it, and he says 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.’”

8. On his sex change being a publicity stunt to promote his show:

“Do you have any idea what I’ve been going through all of my life? And they’re going to say I’m doing this for a show.”

“We’re going to make a difference in the world with what we’re doing, and if the whole Kardashian show gave me a foothold into that world, to be able to go out there and do something good, I got no problem with that.” Jenner said.

9. On hiding his cross-dressing from the show:

“I had the story,” Jenner says. “We had done 425 episodes I think, over almost eight years, and the entire run I kept thinking to myself, ‘oh my god, this whole thing.’ The one real true story in the family was the one I was hiding and nobody knew about it.”

10. On his fear of telling his children:

“Those are the ones I’m concerned with and the only ones I don’t—I can’t allow, I can’t let myself hurt them,” Jenner said. He told his children, “As much of your upbringing was ‘her’ side as it was the ‘he’ side. I’ll always be there. I’m not going anywhere.”

Geneva S. Thomas

Geneva S. Thomas

Geneva is the founder of Jawbreaker, which she plans on turning into an intergalactic all-girl army that will someday storm the streets of the world in studded bras and Tom Ford boots. She recently took up archery and collects more books than shoes.

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