Kim Kardashian Opens Up About the Very First Time She Saw Caitlyn Jenner

Throughout the process of transitioning from Bruce into Caitlyn Jenner, the 65-year-old former Olympian has made one thing clear: Her biggest supporter, by far, has been stepdaughter Kim Kardashian. In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, we discover the 34-year-old reality TV star wasn't shocked to learn about Caitlyn because she has known about her for 21 years. Kardashian walked in on her dad dressed as a woman when she was just 22 -- and she says she was terrified.

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It shouldn't surprise anyone to learn that Jenner didn't suddenly realize, in her 60s, that she identified as a woman. She has said she always felt different and, considering how your children sometimes know you better than you know yourself, it makes sense that Kardashian suspected something was going on with her stepdad for years before the truth was confirmed.

North's mom says she heard a rumor when she was 11 or 12 that Jenner cross-dressed, but she didn't have proof of it until about 10 years later, when she walked into the family's garage and found Jenner wearing women's clothing. Here's how she told Rolling Stone she responded to the shock of her life:

I was shaking. I didn't know if I'd just found out his deepest, darkest secret, and he was going to come after me. I grabbed my duffel bag ... ran out to the car.

Ha! I'm guessing she's half joking here, since Jenner has never come across as the type of person who can hurt a fly, but I certainly understand where she's coming from. Kim went on to say that, even though she knew about Caitlyn for a few years, she didn't "formally" meet her until she appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair last month.

After Kim found Caitlyn in the garage, she says she spoke about it with her just once -- over the phone half an hour after Kim caught her. Caitlyn asked her not to say anything and promised she would talk to her about it one day (and that day didn't come until 2011, when they finally talked).

To Kim's credit, she says she kept his secret -- until right before she married Kanye West in 2014. Understandably, she said she felt West had a right to know about his daugther's grandfather and she says she was also concerned that Caitlyn was going to feel uncomfortable walking her down the aisle.

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The great news is that Kim has had a lot of time to process this news and, with the help of West, whom Caitlyn says has also been incredibly supportive, is now able to serve an important role in her stepdad's life. She is proud of her for embracing her true self and is the first person to come to her defense and praise her for her bravery and strength. Clearly, there's a lot more to Kim's character than some of us might think.

Are you surprised by Kim's response when she first saw her stepdad dressed in women's clothing?

 

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