For almost a year, people have been speculating about Bruce Jenner’s possible sex change. Somewhat surprising to the fans of the overexposed Jenner/Kardashian clan, this rumor has been neither denied nor confirmed since reports first broke. Despite any formal Jenner or Kardashian confirmation, there is some pretty hard evidence to suggest that Bruce Jenner will in fact be living his life as a female in the near future.
Following his separation from Kris Jenner, people began to take notice of Bruce’s longer hair and reportedly manicured nails. The rumors of his transition were just nonsensical gossip until Bruce underwent a tracheal shave, a procedure which flattens the Adam’s apple. With this update, people began to seriously consider and speculate that the former Olympian and reality star is transitioning into a woman.
Us Weekly claimed to have confirmed Jenner’s transition by quoting daughter Kendall Jenner saying, “I will always love my dad, whether he’s a man or a woman.” The magazine has since retracted that story after Kendall Jenner claimed that she never spoke to Us Weekly and that the quotes were completely fabricated via a Twitter statement.
Of course, it isn’t completely outrageous to think the popular celebrity magazine concocted the entire story on the highly buzzed about topic just to gain a few readers. However, there is some solid evidence to believe that the article had some truth to it. Many members of the famous family have exclusively collaborated with Us Weekly to share major stories over the years. One notable example of the positive Us Weekly Kardashian connection is the simple fact that Kourtney Kardashian gave exclusive photos and interviews to the magazine following the births of her first two children.
It wouldn’t be completely outrageous for a gossip magazine to craft a story on a buzzing topic, but why would the magazine want to jeopardize their relationship with one of the most popular families in America? There is a strong chance that Kendall Jenner did not realize she was speaking on the record or that she decided to recant her statement.
To continue on the trend of magazine evidence of Bruce Jenner’s transition, remember that People Magazine confirmed the story in late January. People magazine is the Wall Street Journal of the celebrity magazine world. It is virtually impossible that this magazine would ever publish a story of such magnitude without very strong evidence and a reliable source. This magazine is so legit that when you type “is Bruce really transitioning” into Google, the details of the People magazine article pop up as one of those mystical Google answers.
Perhaps the most reliable Kardashian confirmation came from Kim Kardashian during an interview with Entertainment Tonight. In true Kardashian style, she completely avoided directly answering the reporter’s questions about Bruce. Instead she said, “I think everyone goes through things in life, and I think that story and what Bruce is going through, I think he’ll share whenever the time is right… I feel like that’s his journey to talk about.” Here Kim perfectly exemplifies how Jenner’s family members have been narrowly avoiding confirming the speculation since the story first made headlines.
Reportedly, Bruce will reveal his transition to his family on camera during the season finale of Keeping up with the Kardashians, set to air in late May. There are also reports that E will produce a docu-series chronicling Bruce’s journey.
It must be unbelievably stressful to live in the public eye and constantly face scrutiny – especially during a time of personal struggles. This journey is made exceptionally difficult considering how publicly this family has lived for almost a decade.
This story will likely receive a formal confirmation in the near future. If it is true and Bruce decides to open his journey up to a docu-series, it may truly help inspire people and educate the world on a seriously underrepresented group in society.
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