Caitlyn Marie Jenner was formerly known as William Bruce Jenner, but the reality star vows that she has always been Caitlyn at heart. Born on October 28, 1949, in Mount Kisco, New York, Caitlyn has been married three times. She has six biological children, including Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and is stepfather to Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Rob Kardashian.
Before coming out, Caitlyn would secretly cross-dress in hotel lobbies. While she tiptoed down the hallways, nobody recognized or could even fathom “Bruce Jenner” strutting in high-heels. Caitlyn began taking growth hormones shortly before meeting Kris Jenner and subsequently hid her desires of wanting to become a woman in order to focus on raising a family.
Caitlyn’s plan was to fully transition at the age of 40, however at the age of 39 she was paralyzed with fear. In April of 2015, Caitlyn was featured in a 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer and ultimately confessed that she was transitioning from a man to a woman. Months after revealing her identification as a transgender women, the former Olympian decided to change her name from Bruce to Caitlyn.
On September 25, 2015 Caitlyn’s name and gender became official. Since her shocking announcement to the world, Caitlyn has received a tremendous amount of praise and criticism. She is arguably the most famous openly transgender person in the world and her reality show I Am Cait was renewed for a 2nd season.
Here’s what you didn’t know about Caitlyn Jenner.
16. Caitlyn Still Wants Her Kids To Call Her “Dad”
Caitlyn Jenner has rededicated herself to being a good father. She has admitted on numerous occasions that she wishes she had been more involved in the lives of her four children prior to her relationship with ex-wife and businesswoman Kris Jenner.
While the Kardashian family —including Kendall and Kylie— bonded with their father on television for the past eight years, Caitlyn’s other four kids have remained in the shadows and often detached from her life.
Since her transition, Caitlyn has expressed grief about being a “selfish”, absentee parent for countless birthdays and graduations.
Nevertheless, Caitlyn’s three sons and daughter Cassandra have forgiven the past and are extremely supportive of their father.
Though she was an awesome stepfather and father to her two youngest children, the loving dad of 10 has high hopes that “Caitlyn” will be a better father than “Bruce”.
This past year, Caitlyn celebrated Father’s Day as a woman for the first time. It was also the first time all 10 of Caitlyn’s children came together to celebrate their father’s special day.
Kendall Jenner was quoted saying, “…it’s kind of like mourning the loss of someone, because it is. My dad is my dad, but he’s not there physically anymore. But she lets me call her dad — that’s the last little piece of dad I’ve got.”
15. Kris Jenner Refuses To Call “Bruce” By Her New Name
On March 23, 2015, Kris and Bruce Jenner’s divorce was finalized, ending a marriage of 20-plus years. Like many, Kris had a hard time accepting Caitlyn’s gender transition — and still does. In an interview with Access Hollywood, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ reality star admitted to not calling her ex-husband by her real name.
Kris said, “I say ‘Jenner’. It’s hard, you know, it’s really, really hard. What I have realized in all of this is that everyone handles stuff a different way. No matter what it is, you know. We’re all people. We all have different emotions. I just thought she would be a little bit different. Bruce had a distinct personality and, you know, had definite characteristics. And Caitlyn has some different ones, I feel.”
14. Caitlyn Dodged A Prison Sentencing
In February 2015, Caitlyn was in the midst of her transition. The paparazzi were harassing and swarming around her wherever she went.
During these stressful times, Caitlyn was involved in a frightening car crash. She was driving absentmindedly when she slammed into a Lexus, sending the car into oncoming traffic. The Lexus swerved and it struck into another vehicle. Consequently, this crash ended in devastation. Five children and two adults were taken from the scene of the crash with injuries. The Lexus’ driver, named Kim Howe, died. She was 69.
The crash made headlines across the country. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. investigated the accident for nearly 6 months before submitting a report to the D.A.
Caitlyn could have faced a minimum of a year in prison for manslaughter. If charged and convicted, she could have been sent to a men’s prison! However, California prosecutors declined to charge Caitlyn, citing insufficient evidence.
13. Caitlyn Consulted A Pastor During Her Transition
Many people from all over the world consult with religious or spiritual leaders to help and support them while making important decisions in life. Caitlyn, a devout Christian, consulted with her pastor to comfort her during her difficult times. Religious texts usually have negative views towards the LGBT lifestyle, but Caitlyn’s pastor was there to offer his love.
Since her transition, the persona of ‘Bruce’ was left in the past. However, Caitlyn is still a loyal member of her longtime church in California.
12. She Suffered From Panic Attacks
A panic attack is a feeling of acute and disabling anxiety. A sudden surge of overwhelming fear fills your body and mind. Your heart begins to beat rapidly and you struggle to breathe. One might even feel like they are dying or going insane.
While being interviewed by Matt Lauer, Caitlyn was asked what was going through her mind during her highly publicized transition.
It was then when Caitlyn confessed, “I had massive panic attacks. I’d never had anything like that in my life. It was, like, so scary. My heart was just pounding and this and that. In my head when I shut my eyes, it was just, like, ‘My God, what did you just do?’ Because that surgery kind of passed the point of no return.”
11. Kanye Helped Kim Accept Caitlyn’s Transition
Kanye West isn’t afraid to call out injustice, stand up for truth or jump on a stage, even when he probably shouldn’t. Homophobia is well and alive in the hip-hop community and Kanye is one of the few rappers that are openly supportive of the LGBT community.
When Caitlyn first opened up to her family and ultimately the world about her gender transition, Kanye was an early supporter of the decision.
During her interview with Diane Sawyer, Caitlyn recalled that Kanye told Kim: “…I’m nothing if I can’t be me. If I can’t be true to myself, they don’t mean anything.”
On I Am Cait, Kanye praised Caitlyn’s bravery saying, “Like, your daughter is a supermodel, you’re a celebrity, you have every type of thing, and it was still like, ‘f–k everybody, this is who I am.’”
Caitlyn: “I love [Kanye’s] open-mindedness. I love how he’s helped Kim come to grips with what’s going on.”
10. Khloe Took Caitlyn’s Transition The Hardest
When transgender men and women open up for the first time about their decision to transition it can be shocking and sometimes devastating to family members. Instead of thinking that they are gaining an authentic and more confident person, they fear they will lose a person they love.
At times, Kendall and Kylie were a bit uncomfortable. However, out of all Caitlyn’s kids, Khloe Kardashian took the news the hardest. “Khloe’s been very emotional,” Caitlyn admitted. “She’s had the toughest time with it because she’s had a lot of losses in her life.”
Nevertheless, despite having difficulty accepting the news of her stepfather’s transition, Khloe Kardashian is supportive of Caitlyn. When the gold-medalist revealed her identity as a woman, the reality star took to Twitter and wrote: “LIFE.”
9. Caitlyn Is Asexual… Well Kind Of
While answering questions during her tell-all interview with Diane Sawyer, Caitlyn revealed that she plans to date women after her transition.
Caitlyn also views herself as not being gay. Sawyer asked Caitlyn about her sexual preference and she explained: “I am not gay. As far as I know, I am heterosexual. I’ve never been with a guy; I’ve always been married, raising kids.”
However, Sawyer then replied with a follow up question, asking, “If you’re assigned male and you become a female, but you like women… are you lesbian?” Caitlyn couldn’t give much of a clear answer.
Many viewers at home watching and even Caitlyn herself were confused. “So much confusion,” Caitlyn said as she tried to come up with a plausible answer. Then after a few awkward moments she simple said, “Right now, let’s just say I’m asexual”.
8. Caitlyn is Believed To Be Dating Candis Cayne
Who is Candis? That is what everyone is dying to know. Candis Cayne is the first transgender actress to play a recurring character on primetime television. She opened doors for actresses like Laverne Cox, who in 2014 became the first transgender actress to be nominated for an Emmy award.
“Candis is helping Caitlyn learn what it means to be a transgender woman and how to feel comfortable in her femininity,” reports radaronline.com. The two ladies met on the set of I Am Cait. Reportedly, Candis was videotaped referring to Caitlyn as,“my wife”.
Ex-wife Kris Jenner is allegedly jealous of the alleged romance. When Kris inquired Caitlyn about Candis, Caitlyn replied with silence. Kris then rolled her eyes and the two of them ended their heated discussion by taking an awkward selfie.
When talk- how host Ellen DeGeneres grilled Caitlyn about Candis she blushed and revealed that Candis was waiting for her back stage.
7. She’s Still Into Sports
After winning the gold medal for the decathlon in 1976, Caitlyn (then Bruce) was coined “the World’s Greatest Athlete” and an “All-American Hero”.
Decades later, Caitlyn has no plans to give up sports. She says she shouldn’t have to give up the things she enjoys the most just because she has transitioned from male to female.
Caitlyn made headlines when she insisted on applying to a golf club as Bruce. Shocked friends questioned Caitlyn about her decision. Caitlyn said that she didn’t want to deal with politics. Her main concern is doing something she loves, which is golf.
“It doesn’t make sense to me, because everyone is going to know that you’re Caitlyn,” asked a friend. To which Caitlyn replied, “I don’t have to worry about locker rooms and all that crap right now… We’ll deal with all those issues down the way!”
6. Kim Kardashian Forces Caitlyn To Wear Makeup
Kim Kardashian has 54 million Instagram followers. She knows a thing or two about looking good for the camera. Ever since Kim found out that Caitlyn was going to live her life openly as a woman, the highest-paid reality star has pressured her stepfather to look her absolute best.
Coined as The First Lady of #Fame by Time magazine, Kim Kardashian wants Caitlyn to look just as fabulous as Kris, Kourtney, Khloe, Kendall, Kylie and of course North West. Kim is so adamant about her stepfather looking sexy for the paparazzi that she has even helped with her wardrobe. However, Caitlyn confessed on Kim’s live stream that she is under constant stress to look perfect. “Now I’m forced to wear makeup every day,” teased Caitlyn.
Kim fired back: “You’re not forced, it’s a choice!” Caitlyn laughed and continued: “I am forced because Kim Kardashian told me you’ve got to rock it every day.”
5. Caitlyn Is A Republican
Yep, one of the most famous LGBT figures in the world is a conservative, religious Republican. And weather she likes the sound of it or not, perhaps a lesbian as well.
Caitlyn isn’t ashamed of being a Republican and shouldn’t have to be, except some Republicans and several political views of the Republican Party do not support Caitlyn’s lifestyle.
While being interviewed by former American Idol judge Ellen DeGeneres, Caitlyn confessed: “Whenever the whole gay marriage issue came up at first, I was not for it… I like tradition and it’s always been between a man and a woman and I’m thinking I don’t quite get it.”
Ellen told radio host Howard Stern that she was shocked by Caitlyn’s words. “She still has a judgment about gay marriage,” DeGeneres said about Caitlyn. “You’re wanting people to understand and accept you… and you still have a judgment about gay people and marriage.”
4. She Still Has Her Male Member
Caitlyn Jenner underwent a facial feminization surgery and a breast enhancement operation, however there is still one major procedure that she has yet to undertake: genital surgery.
One of the pivotal moments in a transgender person’s life is genital surgery. However, not all transgender people want this procedure. Another famous transgender woman named Janet Mock was quoted saying, “my genital reconstructive surgery did not make me a girl.”
Mock went on to say, “I’m a trans woman, but please stop asking me about my genital… there is more to trans people than just [genitalia]”.
Caitlyn told Vanity magazine that, “If you have a list of 10 reasons to transition, sex would be number 10.” Caitlyn went on to tell the magazine that she has no immediate plans to have the procedure done.
3. Kris and Caitlyn Were Caught Having Sex
Many of us have heard of Samuel L. Jackson’s Snakes on a Plane, though I’m starting to think sex on a plane has a better ring to it. It’s more scandalous, a little less ridiculous and hopefully, less dangerous.
In Cosmopolitan magazine, Kris Jenner revealed that she and Caitlyn (pre-transition) were caught having wild sex in an airplane bathroom. “We thought we got away with it. We had sex in the bathroom and we came out and nobody said anything,” Kris told Cosmo.
No wonder Kris has trouble calling her ex-husband by her new name— she’s had inexplicable sex with ‘Jenner’ 40,000 thousand feet above the ground, mid-flight!
Anyway, Kris then went on to say, “At the end of the flight, the flight attendant got on the microphone, [and said] ‘Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Jenner! You’ve just joined the Mile High Club’… I was mortified.”
2. Caitlyn Does Not Approve Of Kylie/Tyga Relationship
“They’re too young,” says Caitlyn, in regards to her youngest daughter Kylie Jenner, 18, and her relationship with “Rack City” rapper Tyga, 26.
With new rumors beginning and old gossip resurfacing each and every week about Kylie and Tyga, Caitlyn is under constant worry. She does her best to parent her kids, but when your kids are wealthy celebrities, it’s probably difficult to control certain situations.
Caitlyn didn’t approve of Tyga moving in with Kylie, but it happened anyway. When rumors circulated through the press about Kylie and Tyga being engaged, Caitlyn was distraught. “This is not the kind of news Caitlyn wants to hear,” says an insider of Life and Style magazine, “She [Caitlyn] thinks Kylie is way, way too young to be in such a serious relationship, let alone be engaged. She hopes that this whole thing is just a phase that she’s going through.”
1. Caitlyn Named Woman of the Year
To cap off her remarkable year, Caitlyn was chosen as Glamour’s 2015 “Woman of the Year”. Previous recipients have included, Chelsea Clinton and Serena Williams. Caitlyn’s monumental honor is another step toward achieving gender equality and the acceptance of all people.
Two-time Tony Award winning Actress Judith Light presented Caitlyn with the GLAMOUR award. After Caitlyn thanked Judith and humbly accepted her award, she addressed the audience.
Caitlyn: “When it comes to gender, everyone in this room is on a journey. We are constantly learning and growing as human beings [and] learning about ourselves… I sat down with each one of my 10 children and it was the big secret in the family that no one could talk about because I was… looking at the headlines and so were my children and it was hurtful. So I sat each of them down and said, this is my story. This is who I am.”