The plot thickens! In a new interview, Caitlyn Jenner opens up about how she chose her new name, and reveals that her rumored ex, Ronda Kamihira, who was also Kris Jenner’s BFF, is the one who pushed ‘Caitlyn’ as the final decision!
What if you could choose the new name you’d get to go by for the rest of your life? Well, actually, it’s not that easy, according to Caitlyn Jenner! In a new interview with VanityFair.com, the former Olympian opens up about choosing ‘Caitlyn’ as her moniker — and how Kris Jenner’s former BFF, Ronda Kamihira’s, input helped with the decision.
“It’s one of the hardest things in life — choosing your own name,” Caitlyn admits. So how on Earth did she do it?! Actually, it was watching the Miss America pageant that helped! After surveying some of the contestants’, Caitlyn, then Bruce Jenner, 65, fell in love with the names Heather and Cathy, with Caitlyn also sticking out.
Although she never mentioned it to her assistant, Caitlyn says Ronda independently suggested ‘Caitlyn,’ too, and that coincidence is what ultimately led her to go with the new moniker. This news is especially crazy, though, because Ronda used to be Kris’ best friend, and was rumored to be dating Bruce after their split!
In the Vanity Fair online exclusive, Caitlyn also touched upon why she decided to spell the name with a “C,” rather than the typical Kardashian family “K.” When it came down to it, though, she went with breaking the tradition instead.
Kris had a bit of trouble adjusting to the news that Bruce was transitioning into a woman, and considering she was so devastated when she learned about Bruce and Ronda’s alleged relationship in 2014, knowing that Ronda helped Cailtyn choose her name has to be a pretty intense blow!
In Caitlyn’s Vanity Fair cover story, Kris opened up about learning Bruce’s secret while they were married. “When I met Bruce, he told me that he had done hormones back in the early 80s. This was a conversation that took place in the early 90s,” she said. “So, she he was telling me happened a decade earlier and he never really explained it.”
But it wasn’t just Kris who had some choice words about the relationship — Caitlyn also had a thing or two to say about his ex in the interview. “The first 15 years I felt [Kris] needed me more because I was the breadwinner. Then, really around [the time of Keeping Up With The Kardashians], when that hit and she was running the whole show and getting credit for it and had her own money, she didn’t need me from that standpoint,” she explains. “I think in a lot of ways she became less tolerant of me. A lot of times she wasn’t very nice. People would see how I got mistreated.”
Whoa. Pretty intense! However, we know that Caitlyn and Kris are still in an okay place these days. On a recent episode of KUWTK Caitlyn, still Bruce at the time, admitted she loved Kris, and that the reality star had been accepting throughout everything.
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — do you like the name Caitlyn? And what do you think of Ronda helping choose the name?!
— Alyssa Norwin