Like confetti on your clothes after a Lady Gaga concert, Bruce Jenner is in every crack and cranny you look in these days.Jenner has been all over news and gossip websites lately in the wake of his Diane Sawyer interview about gender identity, but now the February Malibu car crash Bruce refused to comment on during that interview is bubbling back up to the surface.
Kim Howe, who died in the crash, is survived by two adult stepchildren who are seeking restitution (Kim had no other living relatives). They are jointly filing a wrongful death lawsuit “claiming Bruce was ‘careless and negligent’ when he slammed into Howe’s Lexus on PCH back in February, causing it to careen into oncoming traffic where it collided head on with a Hummer,” according to TMZ. The crash itself is still being investigated by the LA County Sheriff’s Department who will send their findings to the LA county DA for possible prosecution, but sources say “it’s unlikely prosecutors will file.”
Although both sides of Bruce Jenner’s family showed public support (tweets, interviews, soundbites) in the wake of his Diane Sawyer interview last week, things aren’t as hunky-dory as they may seem. (Are they ever!?) In the new issue of US Weekly, an “inside source” reveals, “It’s still Camp Jenner and Camp Kardashian, in a major way.” (On the Kardashian side are Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Rob, Kendall, Kylie, and Kris; on the Jenner side are Burt, Casey, Brandon, and Brody, Bruce’s kids from his marriages to Chrystie Scott and Linda Thompson.) Evidence of this divide may lie in the fact that the two camps have not come together in a joint statement, joint interview, or – US is told – even in a joint viewing of the original interview on TV last Friday. US reports, “In order to keep the peace, Bruce scheduled two separate viewing sessions for the 20/20 interview, one with his Keeping Up With the Kardashians family, and one with Scott and his four eldest kids, who appeared on the ABC special in a show of solidarity with their father.”
Kylie and Kendall Jenner, the youngest of the Jenner children, and the “link” between the Jenner/Kardashian tribes in many ways, are reported to be struggling the most with Bruce’s public revelation. “The whole transition was much harder for the Kardashian kids and Kylie and Kendall,” a source tells PEOPLE. “It was hard to grasp. And there was a lot of lying to the kids over the years on Bruce’s part, even as close as they were. It’s going to take some time for the kids to get used to it all.” But one more clue of the disrupt between the families came in the form of a tweet from Burt Jenner, 36, who wrote, “Having a hard time not putting a few people on blast who were not supporters beforehand, but want to act like they were all along.” Hinting at the tension between the Jenners and Kardashians, one source tells us, “He [Burt] feels they’re [the Kardashians] only supportive now for publicity.” Burt has since deleted the tweet.
Bruce Jenner’s still untitled 8-part docuseries to be aired on E! this July will chronicle his journey transitioning from a male to female. The series will reveal not only how Bruce is handling the transition, but will also include reactions from his family along the way. But it’s not all heavy-handed, serious stuff, says Bruce. He insists there will be plenty of lighthearted, “fun” moments too, like how he’ll have to adapt his golf game when he’s walking around with new breasts. TMZ’s production sources say “Bruce’s golf game will be front and center. Bruce is a great golfer, and apparently it’s not an easy transition to swing with breasts.” The show, intended to educate the public and provide hope for those going through gender transitioning, also seeks to entertain. Sources tell TMZ that “If all you have is a downer, you don’t have a show.” Having been a staple on Keeping Up with the Kardashians for eons now, one would guess Bruce is somewhat of an expert on what makes good reality TV.
Since the show intends to balance “the dark moments, the lighthearted moments and moments that are just plain hilarious,” it’s anyone’s guess what scenes may be included. We’re promised a glimpse into the cosmetic procedures Bruce will undergo in gender reassignment as well as the social aspects of his life, such as the wine and cheese parties Bruce likes to host with his “girlfriends.” Nothing is cemented in terms of “must haves” yet, but a production source said, “There will be a happy medium. Bruce has a great sense of humor and it will be showcased. But the show will deal with the very serious issues Bruce is committed to showing.”
Bruce Jenner’s candid and powerful interview with Diane Sawyer last Friday night provided a lot of insight into just how long he’s been struggling with gender identity, and how much this struggle has affected his kids through the years. Bruce’s eldest kids, Burt, Casey, Brandon, and Brody, his children from his first two marriages to Chrystie Crownover and Linda Thompson, were heavily featured on the interview showing their unwavering support for their dad’s now public journey in transitioning to a woman. In a previously unaired clip, the former Olympic Medalist and Keeping Up with the Kardashians star goes into more detail about his absence as a father in his young kids’ lives during the 1980s: “The big, formative years for them, I was really struggling with these issues,” Bruce, 65, told Sawyer. “I talked to all of the boys about this after the fact, that, yeah, I didn’t do a good job. And I apologized to my kids for that.”
Despite his previous absence from their lives, Bruce’s eldest kids are speaking out now about their renewed hopes for the future. Daughter Casey, 34, says, “We have a very complex relationship. He’s disappeared out of our lives, especially out of my life. So I’m looking forward to this next chapter.” And son Brandon, 33, told Sawyer, “Us missing, you know, a time of our lives is still probably the hardest thing for us to deal with. We’re trying not to look back. We’re just looking forward.” He added, “In seeing him come out to me, and explain his true self, I was more proud right then to carry the last name Jenner and to be a part of the family than at any time before.” Burt, 36, echoed his siblings’ loving and positive outlook: “The one thing I think that we have gained that means more to us than anything is the honesty.”
Adding her wisdom on the “power of the selfie,” Kim explains, “I think it’s really cute when you go and the girls, they ask for a selfie, and they say, ‘Will you post this on your Instagram? It’s so funny to see the power of a selfie… As silly as that may seem, it really makes their day.” Can’t you just picture Kim in a Skeletor pose wielding an iPhone? By the Power of Butt-Naked Instagrams! I have the SELFIE! Erghh.
Before reading, please note we are deeply sensitive to Bruce’s desire to live his life as a woman, but for the sake of this article we’re using male pronouns.
In light of the interview airing, Linda Thompson, Bruce’s second wife and mother of Brandon and Brody Jenner has spoken-out about her marriage to Bruce and how they privately dealt with his desire to transition to a woman. Linda announces she never would have “dared” violated Bruce’s truth or his dignity by revealing his gender dysphoria before he did so himself.