Bruce’s second ex-wife, Linda Thompson, has written an emotional essay revealing her true feelings about her ex’s gender issues after his ’20/20′ interview. She admits that had she known, she wouldn’t have gotten married to him. However, she’s ‘grateful’ she can’t turn back the clock. Here’s why.
Bruce Jenner, 65, has been showered with a ton of support since he revealed to the world in his tell-all interview with Diane Sawyer that he’s transitioning from male to female. Now, it’s his second ex-wife, Linda Thompson‘s turn to speak. Linda, 64, shared her thoughts on her ex-husband’s journey into womanhood, revealing that she’s “so grateful to God” that she “didn’t know” about his gender issues at the time — here’s why!
Linda Thompson Speaks On Bruce Jenner’s Gender Transition
Linda, who is an Emmy-award winning songwriter, touched on how her marriage to Bruce affected her entire life in her emotional essay posted on The Huffington Post.
If Bruce had told me about his gender issue when we first began getting romantically involved, I would not have married him. But 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. What a tragedy that truth, if Bruce had confessed it in 1979, would have been for my existence as I have known it! I would never have experienced the joy, the honor, the privilege of being the mother of the two most precious gifts I have ever known, Brandon and Brody. As life has a way of unfolding as it is meant to, I have learned to trust life.
Linda recalled meeting “handsome” Bruce in her essay, how she watched him win the Olympic gold medal in 1976, and married him in 1981. When Brandon was three and a half years old, Bruce approached her with “a very somber look on his face” and told her that “he identified as a woman.” While Linda was shocked at first, she sought, above anything, to understand.
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. Being transgender, like being gay, tall, short, white, black, male, or female, is another part of the human condition that makes each individual unique, and something over which we have no control.
It sounds like Linda has a ton of unconditional love and support for her former husband, and is very much “grateful” of everything that he’s given her. Such a powerful piece!
Meanwhile, HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY learned that Bruce’s third ex-wife Kris Jenner, 59, feels she “failed him.”
“That interview made her think twice about herself and she thinks she’s failed miserably as his wife,” a source told us. “Hearing Bruce say that they would still be together if she were able to handle his transition better than she did sent chills throughout her entire body. She feels she failed him.” Poor Kris.
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— Julianne Ishler