Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer on Friday confirmed the news of his upcoming gender transition to female. Jenner’s second wife Linda Thompson is offering her kind words of support following his confirmation that he “has the soul of a woman”.
She revealed in a new interview, “I have respectfully kept his secrets private and would have taken his confidences to my grave had he not spoken out. He can finally realize his need to be who he authentically is, who he was born to be. That takes tremendous courage. For that I commend him.”
Thompson also notes that she wouldn’t have gotten married to Jenner if she would’ve known about his “gender issue” when they met. Still, she says that she’s glad she wasn’t aware at the time because she wouldn’t have had the chance to share her life wit him. She said, “Looking back, I’m so grateful to God, the universe, and Bruce that I didn’t know, and that Bruce played the role in my life that he did.”
She went on to say, “The Bruce I knew back then was an easygoing, down-to-earth, casual, romantic, good and loving man. I was extremely happy to have found such a remarkable partner with whom to share my life. I found him to be honorable and, well, just too good to be true. Just too good to be true indeed. The Bruce I knew back then was unstudied, affable, and seemingly very comfortable in his own skin. So it seemed.”
She revealed that Bruce Jenner told her his secret in 1985 and said that he “identified as a woman”. He also wanted to go forward with the process of becoming a woman at that time. She suggested that they go to therapy and to “determine if it was something we could overcome or fix.”
She said, “I was pretty ignorant of the fact that being transgender isn’t something that can be overcome, fixed, prayed away, exorcised or obliterated by any other arcane notion.”
She added that Jenner wanted to leave the country and have surgery so that he could return as a female where his children could meet him as “Aunt Heather.”