Caitlyn Jenner came out as transgender in a 2015 interview with Diane Sawyer on US channel ABC’s program 20/20. Two years later, she’s once again sat opposite Sawyer, this time to reflect on life since she transitioned from Bruce to Caitlyn.
The former Olympian denied that she had any regrets about going public as her true self, saying the inner torment she battled for years has all but evaporated.
“[There is] peace in my soul,” she told Sawyer. “All of that confusion has left me.”
The 67-year-old did however admit that her new identity seems to have pushed away some of her children. She has 10: Brody, Burt, Brandon and Cassandra Jenner from her first two marriages, Kylie and Kendall Jenner from her marriage to Kris Jenner, as well as her four step children from that relationship; Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob Kardashian.
“Some [of my children] I have remained very close to,” the former Olympian said.
“A couple of them … I’m a little more distant. I have to admit, I’ll sit here and wonder, ‘Is it because of my transitioning? Or is it because their life is so busy that they don’t call, like, all the time?’”
When asked specifically about the Kardashian-Jenner clan, the stars of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, she said:
“Nobody calls that much. I mostly reach out to them. Obviously, the Jenner side calls more, but they all have their own lives.”
Recent episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians have revealed tensions between the family and Caitlyn. Kris was shown reacting furiously after reading the way she was portrayed in Caitlyn’s upcoming memoir, The Secrets Of My Life, and a recent confrontation between Caitlyn and Khloe indicated the pair’s relationship has taken a hit.
Speaking about coming out to the public as Caitlyn on the cover of Vanity Fair shortly after her TV interview with Sawyer two years ago, Jenner explained why she felt the need to make such a big statement.
“I know my kids, they thought, ‘You know what, it’s a little too much,’” she said. “But, from my standpoint, I had suffered for 65 years. To have a beautiful shot of my authentic self was important and [I wanted] the shock value. I wanted to end the old Bruce, my old life, and that picture did it.”