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Caitlyn Jenner: 'Kris Jenner brought me back to life'

Published 22/07/2016

Caitlyn Jenner
Caitlyn Jenner

Caitlyn Jenner cites her greatest accomplishment as having children.

Caitlyn Jenner credits ex-wife Kris Jenner with bringing her back to life when they first got together.

The former couple dated for just five months, while Caitlyn was still living as Bruce, and married in 1991. They split in 2013 and finalised their divorce in March last year (15), before the former Olympian came out as a transgender woman a month later (Apr15).

Despite their break-up, Caitlyn still thinks highly of the 60-year-old.

"In the '80s, I was really down in the dumps," Caitlyn confessed in a campaign for clothing retailer H&M. "I didn't know which way my life was going at that point. Set up on a blind date by a friend, she (Kris) had a great sense of style, of class, and I give a lot of credit to Kris for kind of bringing me back to life."

At the time, Caitlyn was struggling with her gender identity, but Kris brought him happiness, and when the couple welcomed children Kendall and Kylie, she considered her life almost complete, as being a parent is one of her greatest achievements.

"It was a very busy house and quite a ride, but I loved it, and that's what I did," she said of living in the Kardashian-Jenner household, which also included Kris' four children from her former marriage, and Caitlyn's four other kids from two previous unions.

"The greatest thing in my life I've ever done - barring the Games, barring anything - is children," she added, referring to her 1976 Gold medal. "I have never been more proud as you can be as a dad, to see what they've been able to do with their lives. My kids, by far, are my greatest accomplishment - better than a medal."

Caitlyn revealed her new identity for the first time on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine in May, 2015, and the 66-year-old believes the media and public find her more interesting now than when she was known as Bruce.

"To be honest with you, the media threw old Bruce right out the door, he was gone, OK?" she said. "This Caitlyn character's a lot more interesting! And I knew from that point on, I had to live my life as Caitlyn. That's the biggest victory of all, to wake up in the morning and just be yourself."

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