Caitlyn Jenner on the 5 years since her transition: “I have been so blessed because of my children”

Caitlyn Jenner.
Caitlyn Jenner.
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It’s been five years since Caitlyn Jenner publicly announce her transition, and she recently opened up to People about her experience as a transgender woman and the support she has received from her children.

“I have been so blessed because of my children. They have all been, all 10 of them, so supportive of me right from the beginning,” she said.

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Had any one of her kids objected to her transition, Caitlyn said, she would not have “gone ahead with the transition”.

“I didn’t want to hurt anybody in this process, I just wanted to live my life,” she explained.

Going into further detail, she said even though all her children were supportive from the word go, they were also scared of the change. “But so was I, on what the public reaction will be.”

The former Keeping Up with the Kardashians star said all her kids encouraged her to go ahead with the process. “They said, ‘Dad, do it’.”

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She also recalled how two of her famous daughters, Kendall and Kylie, were initially confused about how they would address her in future.

“I remember Kendall and Kylie asking me, ‘Dad, what do we then call you’.

“And I get it that you need to get the pronouns right,” she explained. “But for me, I have been their dad all their lives. And I told them, ‘I have no problem with you calling me dad because, honestly, I will be your dad until the day you die’.”

Caitlyn also shared how she had to adjust to living alone after being married for over two decades and living in a full house with kids. “I am an empty nester. I had all these kids, I raised them for 23 years of my life and lived with them.”

She said as proud as she is of all that the kids have achieved, she sometimes gets lonely being on her own and she wished to have all her kids and grandchildren around.

“Do I see them all the time, no. But I do get to see them a lot, and I am very proud of my kids and what they have managed to do with their lives.”