Reality TV star Bruce Jenner, a one-time Olympic athlete, is transitioning to womanhood, sources confirmed to People Magazine this week.
Here’s what you need to know about Jenner’s transformation:
1. The Transition Has Been in the Works for a Year
An unnamed source speaking to People earlier this week that changes have been made subtly over the course of a full year.
As the inside source told People:
“He’s being very smart about and also respectful about his transition. Instead of completely shocking everyone, his changes have been subtle, and his family has had the chance to slowly get used to his new looks and life.”
Among the first steps in his transition was a “laryngal shave,” a surgery intended to smooth out Jenner’s Adam’s apple, which he underwent more than a year ago.
2. Kim Kardashian Is Comfortable With Jenner’s Change
Kim Kardashian eponymous star of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which also features stepfather Jenner, told Entertainment Tonight that she is comfortable with Jenner’s ongoing transition.
Telling ET that Jenner is “the happiest” she ever seen him, Kardashian was encouraging of the change and the manner in which it has been revealed to family and the public:
“I think everyone goes through things in life, and I think that story and what Bruce is going through, I think he’ll share whenever the time is right.”
People’s source said that other family members — there are 10 children and step-children in total — were just as supportive:
“The family is really giving this space and time to Bruce. This is his story and they want him to tell the world the way he wants. They really want to empower him to tell his story so that hopefully he can help other people too. That’s the goal.”
Jenner had two children, Burt and Casey, with his first wife, Chrystie Crownover. Jenner married actress Linda Thompson in 1981, and again had two children, Brandon and Sam Brody.
Jenner married Kris Kardashian in 1991, and the pair have two daughters, Kendall and Kylie. Kris came to the marriage with four children from a previous marriage, Kourtney, Kim, Khloé and Rob. Their separation was announced October, 2013 and Kris filed for divorce in September 2014. Their divorce was finalized in December 2014, and will not be official in March.
3. Jenner’s Journey Will Be Televised
TMZ reported that Jenner’s journey has been systematically leaked to the press over the course of a year, perhaps leading up to a television show starring Jenner and documenting his transition.
Much of that time, however, a camera crew was reportedly present, preparing for a documentary series starring Jenner, now 65, to be broadcast on E!
According to TMZ, quoting a source close to the production, the plan is to air the first episode after Keeping Up With the Kardashians is over, perhaps in April or May.
4. Jenner Initially Denied the Transition
Back in 2013, when news of Jenner’s transformation began to surface, he flat-out denied that a transformation was taking place.
“I just never liked my trachea,” Jenner told TMZ when he was asked about his Adam’s apple surgery.
At the time, Jenner ex-wife Kris Jenner, on The Today Show to promote a cookbook, In the Kitchen With Kris: A Kollection of Kardashian-Jenner Family Favourites, called the allegations “silly,” and that the tabloids have “been saying that since the ’70s.”
According to Kris Jenner:
“They just keep regurgitating the same old stuff.”
5. Jenner Was Once a World-Class Athlete
After placing third in the decathlon at the 1972 U.S. Olympic trials and later finishing 10th at the 1972 Summer Olympics, Jenner upped his training regimen reportedly spending eight-hours a day at the track.
When the Summer Olympics rolled around again in 1976, Jenner won the gold for the decathlon, and set the world record of 8,616 points, broken by four points four years later by Daley Thompson.
Jenner was named to the Olympic Hall of Fame in 1986.