Bruce Jenner is best known for winning decathlon gold in the 1976 Montreal Olympics but this 66-year-old is known for so much more these days. He, or shall we say she, is the most famous transgender woman in the world and now goes by Caitlyn Jenner.
Over the years, Bruce appeared alongside his family on the popular reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians. He then shocked the world with an exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer where he revealed that he is transgender and was planning to transition to a female. The big news was followed with a Twitter announcement where it was revealed that Bruce Jenner would now be known as Caitlyn. The world said goodbye to one of the most beloved athletes of the 1970s and had their first introduction to transgender celebrity Caitlyn Jenner.
This isn’t her first brush with fame though as in her former life Bruce was no stranger to stardom. He set his third successive world record while winning the Olympics and was given the unofficial title of "world's greatest athlete." Bruce used this status to leverage his career and soon established a name for himself in TV and film as well as in racing and business.
But just how much do you really know about Caitlyn Jenner and is there anything left to shock us? The answer is yes and we can give you more than a few reasons why. We uncover 10 Ridiculously Shocking Caitlyn Jenner Facts.
10 Caitlyn Contemplated Suicide
Caitlyn Jenner once contemplated thoughts of suicide and it was all from a leaked article by TMZ. Caitlyn has since publicized that she once received a call from the TMZ office asking if the then Bruce had just had a medical consultation for a tracheal shave. Bruce was driving at the time and had to pull over to the side of the road as he dealt with the unexpected shock. He pleaded with the publication for nothing to be published as it would destroy lives but alas his pleas were unsuccessful. The shocking revelation appeared online for the entire world to see. Bruce has since stated that he paced the hallways in his Malibu home contemplating suicide with a gun in his hand. He decided he didn’t want to end his story that way and went through with the full transition to become the Caitlyn we know today.
9 One Of TIME Magazine's Most Influential People
It’s official - the reality TV star has been named as one of TIME magazine's most influential people of 2016. Caitlyn is now being recognized as one of the world's most powerful people on the magazine's annual list which may come as no surprise as she is the most famous transgender woman in the world. The magazine honors her for her bravery after it was announced just less than a year ago that the 66-year-old former decathlete the world knew as Bruce Jenner would become a female known as Caitlyn Jenner. It’s interesting to note that not one of the Kardashians have made the list alongside her.
8 Caitlyn Was Sued In A Wrongful Death Suit
Just when you think life couldn’t get any more stressful for a transgender celebrity, things took a turn for the worse. It seems that during the days when Bruce Jenner was still transitioning he was involved in a horrific accident. The Malibu pile-up happened when Bruce apparently rear-ended a Lexus, killing a woman. Bruce was towing a trailer at the time and has been rumoured to have been driving a little fast under those conditions. He was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing in the crash and was not charged with vehicular manslaughter.
7 She Always Knew
Perhaps what is most surprising about Caitlyn Jenner’s transformation is the fact that she always knew that this was something she wanted to do. Bruce Jenner made the shocking revelation in his exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer and claims that even as he was growing up as a young boy; he always knew that he was meant to be a woman. Caitlyn feels as if Bruce was “always telling lies” but Caitlyn “doesn’t have any lies.” Caitlyn went on to say that during Bruce’s appearances at public events after winning the gold medal, “underneath my suit I have a bra and panty hose and this and that and thinking to myself, they know nothing about me. … Little did they know I was totally empty inside.”
6 Caitlyn Does Normal Everyday Things Like the Rest of Us
When it comes to celebrities we often get caught up in the glamour and fame of it all and sometimes forget that at the end of the day they’re just regular people. Caitlyn Jenner is more like your average person than you might think. Sure she’s one of the most famous transgender females in the world but she too drinks coffee, enjoys Mexican food, plays golf and has dinner with her family. Just last week she popped into Starbucks and the week before that she went to the movies. Shocking, we know…
5 She’s into Fast Cars and Golf
Just when you think you’ve seen the last of Bruce Jenner, Caitlyn surprises us all. For the most part she has left the life of Bruce Jenner behind her but there’s no denying that Bruce’s motor skills and sportsmanship has left a permanent mark on our dear Jenner. She was spotted playing a round of golf whilst filming for her reality documentary series I Am Cait. “I’m not doing this to be interesting. I’m doing this to live,” Jenner explained, jokingly adding “I’m not doing this so I can hit it off the women’s tee.” She added she hopes to film a segment on her show in which she sees if she can still hit a golf ball 300 yards off the tee.
4 She’s a Republican
This little revelation took the media by storm and is possibly more talked about then her whole transition in the first place. It seems that a transgender individual being a Republican is almost unheard of. Caitlyn’s right-wing leanings caused one hell of a stir. She went on to say that she believes in the Constitution. Matters didn’t seem to calm down after the star appeared on a September episode of the Ellen DeGeneres' talk show. When asked if she supports marriage equality, Caitlyn responded saying "I kind of like tradition, and it's always been a man and a woman." This response went down like a ton of bricks and obviously instantly regretting her admission she added that she wouldn't want to stand in the way of anyone's happiness. I’d sleep with one eye open if we were you Caitlyn...
3 Jenner Experienced A Panic Attack After Her Surgery
It seems that Caitlyn Jenner suffered "a panic attack after undergoing facial-feminization surgery," according to zmonline.com. Back in 2015, the star of I Am Cait underwent a 10-hour feminization facial surgery. The procedure was only expected to be five hours long but lasted twice the amount of time. It was revealed that Caitlyn questioned her actions and experienced what most would say to be regret. A counselor came to the rescue and ensured that thoughts like that were normal.
2 Flashed Her New Assets To Her Son
What would you do if your father flashed you his breasts? In most cases it wouldn’t be as shocking but when you’re transitioning to become a woman and there is much to be seen, it’s a whole new ball game. Caitlyn Jenner’s son Brandon Jenner would agree. It was revealed in Vanity Fair that after Caitlyn’s breast augmentation surgery she pulled up her shirt and flashed her new assets to her son. “Whoa, I’m still your son” was all he could muster but luckily has moved on from his shock and is supportive of the changes she’s made.
1 Caitlyn Jenner and Candis Cayne Kiss
We’ve all been waiting for this moment as the latest season of I Am Cait is coming to an end. Will they or won’t they has been the question on everybody’s lips and now Caitlyn’s lips are on Candis’s. It’s safe to say that if you’re a fan of the reality show you won’t be disappointed with the season two finale. The girls go for a dinner as they do in almost every episode but this time things take a different turn and BFFs Caitlyn Jenner and Candis Cayne end up sharing a passionate kiss. You’ll have to stay tuned to the season finale for more…