Bruce Jenner Reveals When He Knew He Was Female (VIDEO)

Bruce JennerIt's official, everyone. Bruce Jenner is a woman. Or rather, he has always been a woman. Bruce Jenner confirmed to Diane Sawyer the rumors that had been swirling for at least a year -- that he was born female and plans to transition his body to match his female mind. Bruce said he has always known he was female, and that his transition actually started when he was a child.

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"For all intents and purposes, I am a woman," he told Diane. "People see me as this this macho male, but in my heart and soul and everything I do in life, this female side is part of me, that's who I am. I was not genetically born that way, I have the male parts ... but we still identify as female."

By using the term "we," you can see how much Bruce has had to split his personality -- the male Bruce the public knew: Olympian champion athlete, gold medal winner, Wheaties box hero, father of six biological children and four stepchildren, married three times.

And then there is the private Bruce -- the one he could barely admit to himself. He calls her "Her." For the purposes of the interview, Diane referred to Bruce by his male name, and he said that he can be referred to by the male pronoun. But this interview was to be his last as a male.

Bruce said his transition actually began when he was a child: He was inexorably drawn to his mother's and sister's clothes, and would try on dresses when no one was home. He said at the time, he had no idea what it all meant, he just knew it made him "feel good."

"I would put a scarf over my head because my hair was short," he said.

But Bruce said that back when he was a child, there was no way of knowing what was going on -- no way to get any information.

He said he was a very lonely little boy, and now "a very lonely big boy."

Bruce would go on to marry three times and have six children, but he struggled with his gender orientation with all of his marriages, and only now, at 65, has he felt he can no longer hide or deny who he really is.

Both Bruce's sister and mother were interviewed, and both said they had no idea what Bruce was struggling with all of these years, but both are supportive. His mother, Esther, at first asked Bruce if it was her "fault."

Bruce said he told her, "Mom, you didn’t cause this, it's the way I am, it's the way I was born and it's going to be okay."

Esther Jenner now says that she is even more proud of him than she was when she saw him win the gold medal at the 1976 Olympics.

Bruce realizes he is very lucky to have the family support and the financial means to make his transition a reality.

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No doubt Bruce's family isn't the only one proud of him -- the transgender community must be too. Hopefully Bruce's decision to go public with his transition will help those who are now struggling with what Bruce struggled with from the time he was a child.

According to GLAAD: At this time, Bruce Jenner has not requested that a new name or pronoun be used, therefore we are respecting his wishes and will continue to refer to Jenner by his current name and with male pronouns. Some transgender people prefer to change their name and/or pronoun quickly. Other transgender people may take more time to decide what name and/or pronoun feels right to them. To be respectful, use the name and/or pronoun requested by the individual.

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