Kim Kardashian has admitted the family are receiving therapy after Bruce Jenner spoke for the first time about his transition into a woman.
In the wake of Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce’s Diane Sawyer interview where he admitted to dressing as a woman throughout all three of his marriages, daughter Kim said he revelation was a “hard adjustment” but that she supported Bruce completely.
Speaking on NBC’s Today Show, she said: “I think there’ still an adjustment and there’s, you know, family therapy.
“And we’re really close. You know, I see reports that said ‘This one doesn’t support him and my mum ‘feels this way’. And it’s all really so made up.”
Bruce bravely admitted on Friday night: “Yes, for all intents and purposes, I’m a woman. I have the soul of a female and my brain in much more female than it is male, as of now I have all the male parts.”
Kim, along with sisters Khloe, Kourtney, Kendall and Kylie, and well as mum Kris, have all expressed their support through social media following Bruce’s brave interview, in which it was revealed he still wanted to be referred to by male pronouns.
Bruce also revealed Kim had been the most “accepting” of the change, saying her husband Kanye West had been instrumental in helping her to come to terms with it.
In two tweets yesterday, Kim wrote of her love for Bruce and how his revelation would impact the lives of others.
She said: “Love is the courage to live the truest, best version of yourself. Bruce is love. I love you Bruce. #ProudDaughter.”
Love is the courage to live the truest, best version of yourself. Bruce is love. I love you Bruce. #ProudDaughter pic.twitter.com/7ZJ6FuMHfU
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 25, 2015
Kim continued: “Your honesty has opened the doors for others to be courageous and live an authentic life! #respect #hero #family”
Jenner, 65, was supported by his family who all watched Bruce’s interview with American chatshow queen Diane Sawyer, together, and he was labelled a “hero” by those closest to him.
During the show, which was aired on US network ABC, former decathlete Jenner told how he hopes he can do “some good” by speaking so openly about his desire to become a woman.
He admitted that he is “asexual” after Sawyer asked if he was a lesbian, and pulling on his hair defiantly he said: “I’m me, I’m a person. I’m not stuck in anybody’s body. Bruce Jenner has always been confused with my gender identity.”
Bruce admitted to thinking he was a girl when he was a young child, and said he would dress up in female clothes. And he confessed it was reality sensation Kim who was the first of the children who knew he was cross-dressing.
Bruce said: “Kim walked in on me wearing womens’ clothes, she just went for a drive. Then we didn’t speak about it for ages. Kim said she didn’t think she could talk about it.”
Jenner said it was rapper Kanye West who talked Kim around to thinking that what he was doing was okay.
Bruce said: “They were talking about it. He said to Kim, ‘I can be married to the most beautiful woman in the world, I am, I could have the most beautiful daughter in the world and I do, but I’m nothing if I can’t be me, if I can’t be true to myself.’
“From Kanye, yes, since then Kimberley has been by far the most accepting.”
For Bruce though, it has been tough. He did say that at one point he was tempted to commit suicide, saying: “I thought wouldn’t the easiest thing right now … just go in the room, get a gun, boom. Pain’s over, it’s done, go to a better place, but then I thought I wanted to see how the story ends.”
But in a more upbeat frame of mind later in the interview, Bruce said: “If this is the only problem I have in life, I’ve got it made, if it’s only this then I’m okay. I’ve got my health, my family and seven grandchildren. I hope I’m going to be okay, 2015 is going to be quite a ride.”
Towards the end of the show Bruce showed Sawyer his “glam room” – a walk-in wardrobe where he had one section for womens’ clothes and the other for mens’
He held up a short, black frock with sheer sleeves and Sawyer said he looked “really great and happy in it.”
Finishing the interview, he told Sawyer he wasn’t saying farewell to Bruce, but to how others view him.
He said: “I’m saying goodbye to people’s perceptions of me and who I am but I’m not saying goodbye to me.
“Please be open minded. Have an open mind and an open heart. I’m not this bad person, I’m just doing what I have to do.”
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