Caitlyn Jenner has revealed that coming out as a Trans woman was much more difficult than competing in the Olympic Games.
Speaking on BBC’s Don’t Tell Me the Score Podcast, the reality star, 70, noted that she ‘trained 12 years for the games and trained 65 years to transition in 2015’ but the latter proved to be ‘harder and less accepted, with many ‘hating her guts.’
Admitting that her Olympic training was a means of ‘running away from her issues’, the I Am Cait star recalled looking at herself in the mirror with her medal on while asking herself if ‘this was the person she was stuck with for the rest of her life.’
Caitlyn, previously known as Bruce, came out as transgender in 2015, after a glittering career which saw her nab a gold medal in the Men’s Decathlon at the 1976 Olympics before starring on Keeping Up With The Kardashians with now ex-wife Kris Jenner and their famous brood.
However, Caitlyn explained her transition was no easy feat, revealing: ‘I trained 12 years for the games. I trained 65 years to transition in 2015. It was harder to do, it was less accepted.’
Further detailing the harsh reality of the situation, Caitlyn noted: ”Everyone loved the games, a lot of people when they see you transition hate your guts. Look at the quotes on Instagram. By far that was a lot more difficult.
Caitlyn, who is a father of six children, cheekily added: ‘I have the great double. Olympic decathlon champion and Glamour’s Woman of the Year’.
She also discussed the impact struggling with dyslexia and gender dysphoria had on her sporting career.
‘Being gender dysphoric and dyslexic – that’s what made me down the line. When I got into sports, it became more important for me to succeed at sports and work hard at sports because of all these issues.’
However, Caitlyn explained that her high from winning soon came crashing down.
‘A lot of the training was really running away from the issues I had. I remember getting up the next morning, didn’t have a stitch of clothes on, walking to the bathroom, medal sitting there on the table, put the medal around my neck, looking in the mirror and I go: what have you just done?
‘Am I stuck with this person the rest of my life? Did you build up this person so big, that you’re stuck with him the rest of your life? It was scary.’
Life post transition has also come with its drawbacks, with Caitlyn explaining that she’s received criticism from the trans community for her activism.
‘Has it been easy? Not even close. I’ve raised about 2.6 million dollars, given it away to trans organisations. A lot of them are extraordinarily appreciative of it. On the other hand they’re having their big fundraiser and say “oh please don’t show up you’re too controversial.”‘
Jenner also ensured to offer her views on the International Olympic Committee’s approach to trans athletes competing in the 2020 Olympic Games.
‘I think the most important thing, is people that are different, people that are dealing with trans issues… I think they deserve an opportunity to play sports.
‘Sports was very, very good to me. We should not deny them of that opportunity. But also we should look at it closely and almost deal with it on an individual basis. But the Olympic Committee is doing a good job.’
Talk also turned to Caitlyn’s ex Kris, revealing that her transition was not the cause of their divorce.
The pair famously fell out following revelations in Caitlyn’s book, The Secrets of My Life. However, they have both appeared to made up and moved on from it.
‘Kris and I went our separate directions. It wasn’t for me to transition or anything to do with that. We changed apart. There was no argument, no nothing, we did our divorce agreement in one day.
‘We both knew it was the right thing to do. I leased a house in Malibu to get out, and yeah we’re on good terms today.’
She also added that the Kardashian family knew about her gender dysphoria and cross dressing early on.
‘I actually got caught by Kim (Kardashian) once. With Kendall and Kylie (Jenner) I didn’t know I got caught but they said they snuck around a corner or something, and I was cross dressed or whatever, which is not good to do with kids.
‘But they all knew. They know but no one is going to talk about it. It’s the big secret.’