Bruce Jenner’s first wife, Chrystie Scott, a.k.a. Chrystie Crownover, opened up about his transgender transition in an exclusive interview. She talked about how and when he first told her, during their years together in the 1970s and what it was like to watch his television interview with Diane Sawyer with him and numerous family members.
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In the days after the landmark Bruce Jenner interview, his various family members have spoken out. His first wife, who is also known as Chrystie Crownover, is among them.
The Olympic legend, recently seen for the past several years on ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians,’ will soon become the subject of his own reality TV series on E!. But in advance of that, we have witnessed a sort of reality television event that continues to unfold.
In an exclusive interview with GMA co-anchor George Stephanopoulos, she opened up about the years she spent with him from 1970 until their 1981 divorce. The couple had two children together, Burt Jenner and Casey Jenner.
Chrystie Scott said, of finding out the truth from her then-husband at the height of his career as an Olympic athlete, “It was such a shock to me, but he opened up his heart and confessed.” She went on to note that Jenner “he had to share this deep, dark secret and he told me he always wanted to be a woman and, understandably, I was speechless. I didn’t really know what to say.”
She went on to say, “The fact that he did share it with me that first year, I felt like it was actually a gift that he gave to me, that he trusted me with something so intimate. I felt like I was in charge of something that I had to hold private and dear and quiet.”
As for why the couple split, and whether his being transgender was a factor, Scott she said, “It was an underlying unrest and an underlying dissatisfaction of being married that led to our divorce.” She continued, saying, “His career as a decathlete was over. There were a lot of changes in his life that made him an unhappy guy right then, so that could have been a big factor.”
“It’s so hard to wrap your head around it, especially because he was such a manly man and he didn’t display any female style in any way.” She went on to note that it didn’t threaten her or their marriage. She added, “It wasn’t really a threat. It wasn’t a problem.”
She also spoke of what it was like to watch the television special with him and with numerous family members, including his second wife, Linda Thompson, all of his children and their respective spouses as well as his grandchildren. She called the gathering and the viewing “surreal” and “cathartic.” She said, “It was a good experience for all of us to go through together, to watch it together.” She also said than after Jenner had left, the family talked about it amongst themselves.
She echoed previous public comments in support of her former husband, and said, “I’m sure there are plenty of people that don’t have the courage to come out at all, ever, and they live private, dark, tortured lives, and that’s tragic. That’s just tragic.”
More recap and the full video of the Chrystie Scott interview on Bruce Jenner’s transition is here as well as below.