Caitlyn Jenner 'considered travelling to Denmark for sex change operation'
Caitlyn Jenner described her gender dysphoria as a "living hell" when she first came forward about her struggles in a conversation with then-wife Linda Thompson.
Caitlyn Jenner considered travelling to Denmark for a sex change operation in 1985, her ex-wife Linda Thompson has revealed.
The 66-year-old reality star was born Bruce Jenner, but transitioned into a woman in April 2015. As Bruce, she was married to Linda between 1981 and 1986, and the actress has revealed Caitlyn's struggles with gender dysphoria were evident from quite early on in their marriage.
It was in 1985, after the pair had welcomed sons Brandon and Brody, that Bruce told Linda he was "a woman trapped in a man's body."
In excerpts from Linda's memoir A Little Thing Called Life published in U.S. magazine People, she explained her initial reaction was to urge Bruce, "the epitome of the ideal man", to look in the mirror.
However, the Olympian attempted to explain his feelings, telling Linda: "I have lived in the wrong body my whole life. It is a living hell, and I really would like to move forward with the process of becoming a woman."
Following his revelation, the couple attempted to work through things in therapy, but Bruce showed no sign of changing his mind about transitioning.
"As we tried to work through our feelings, Bruce told me he was considering traveling out of the country, possibly to Denmark, to try to have the gender reassignment surgery anonymously and then come back as a female," Linda writes in the book.
When she asked Bruce about their children, she says he replied he hoped to "reenter their lives as a female relative." She adds: "He was grasping for a lifeline. As devastated as I was, my heart bled for Bruce."
While Bruce told Linda he still loved her and wanted to remain married to her even after transitioning, Linda admits she knew at that point her marriage was over. But she remained close friends with the former Olympian, and left it many years to tell her children about Bruce's gender identity struggle.
"I felt such an obligation to keep Bruce's gender dysphoria his secret that I did not even tell my sons until they were 31 and 29 years old, respectively," she continues. "I wanted them to experience enough life and garner enough knowledge, confidence and compassion to be able to deal with their father's true self."
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