Caitlyn Jenner’s gender transition has been a learning experience for her entire family. Khloe Kardashian has admitted that she doesn’t want to think that her stepfather is totally gone — and Caitlyn’s okay with that!
Though Caitlyn Jenner, 65, has come out to the world as a stunning woman, her family is still holding on to the father and stepfather she once was, according to Khloe Kardashian, 31. Khloe said during an interview with Australia’s The Project that she and her sisters still sometimes call Caitlyn “Bruce,” and she doesn’t mind it a bit! Caitlyn’s transition is a process for the whole family, and they’re supporting her — and adjusting — step by step!
When Khloe visited The Project on July 30, she was there to talk about her new Kardashian Kids Kollection launching in Australia, but the subject quickly shifted to Caitlyn. Khloe said that the family “don’t like to say that Bruce is gone, per say.”
“We, my sisters and I, we will call Caitlyn ‘Bruce’ and we’ve been told that’s completely fine,” Khloe confessed. “And she has told us, we are allowed to call her any name we want to. Because on the phone, when she calls me, it’s the same voice as Bruce. And if I’m not physically with her, it’s hard to remember in the moment that I’m talking to Caitlyn, if that makes sense.”
It’s an interesting situation, as the normal, and respectful protocol for post-transition is to never call a person by their former name again. But certainly, Caitlyn has given her kids the go-ahead to do whatever feels comfortable! She’s even still letting them call her dad and stepdad! This is truly a loving and supportive family; even if Khloe and her siblings call Cait by her former name sometimes, they’re in awe of the strong, graceful woman she’s become — and always truly was inside!
“With Caitlyn, I mean, it’s a beautiful thing that she’s transitioned and that she is strong enough to have her own voice, and wanting to make such monumental, beautiful moves and be that crusader to do so,” Khloe gushed. “So we are just happy for her. We just want her to be happy.”
We do, too! What a wonderful sentiment. The Kardashians and Jenners are just getting closer and closer during this transition period. Go Caitlyn! HollywoodLifers, what do you think about Khloe still calling Caitlyn by her former name? Tell us in the comments and be sure to take our poll!
— Samantha Wilson