Bruce Jenner mom on transition: ‘I am more proud of him now’
Bruce Jenner‘s mother Esther Jenner was shocked to learn about her son’s gender transition, but she told the Associated Press that she is prouder of her son now than when he won an Olympic gold medal in 1976.
Esther Jenner, 88, said that she only discussed the matter with Bruce briefly.
“He said, ‘I want to be honest about my identity, and I know this is coming out in the press,’ ” says Esther, who lives in Lewiston, Idaho. “I said I was proud of him and that I’ll always love him. I never thought I could be more proud of Bruce when he reached his goal in 1976, but I’m more proud of him now. It takes a lot of courage to do what he’s doing.”
Esther admits “it was a shock” to learn of Bruce’s journey, adding: “It’s hard to wrap your mind around it.” But she says “the family is close and very supportive of Bruce, and we’re supportive of each other.”
“He said, ‘Mom, I’m still the same person,’ ” Esther says. “He said, ‘I’m still going to race cars, I’m still going to fly airplanes, and I’m going to get my helicopter license.’ “
Bruce Jenner is reported to come out soon as a transgender and will discuss transitioning in a Diane Sawyer interview. The transitioning will also be covered as a docu-series by Keeping Up With The Kardashians network E!