Bruce Jenner isn’t the only one struggling with his recent confession that he is, in fact, transgendered. Kris Jenner, who was married to the former Olympian for 23 years, recently revealed that his admission and impending transition have felt like a loss.
During part two of the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians: About Bruce" special, Kris admitted to E!'s cameras that she was harboring a lot of "pain" following Bruce's coming out. She even admitted that she occasionally struggles "to believe it's happening," adding that she wonders if what they shared was real.
“I’m trying so hard to process my pain. It’s a struggle,” she said.
A source told People that Kris's struggle was further complicated by the fact that many viewers shared they felt she did not have the right to be hurt. “There was a certain sense of, ‘What right does she have to be upset [about Bruce’s transition]?” a source told the magazine.
Fortunately for Bruce, his children had a much easier time accepting the news. His stepdaughter Khloe Kardashian, as well as two of his biological daughters, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, were uncomfortable at first, as they felt their 65-year-old father had withheld a lot of information from them during this process. As more and more details began coming out, they were able to accept it for what it was and move on.
Bruce's two other stepdaughters, Kim Kardashian West and Kourtney Kardashian, on the other hand, seemed more open to the idea right off the bat. Perhaps that's because they were among the first of his children to find out the truth about their stepfather. Still, each of his daughters, both step and biological, expressed their deep and unconditional love for Bruce and seemed to share the hope that this transition will finally bring him true happiness.
Bruce, who has yet to request to be described using female pronouns, has not undergone gender reassignment surgery. During part one of the "KUWTK" special, he hinted that that procedure was on the horizon. He told his children “That’s sort of the last thing you can do,” saying he planned to tackle other more minor operations first. It remains unclear when he will begin living publicly as a woman.