Bruce Jenner, who has been besieged with sex change rumors for the past few months, answered his estranged wife’s Sept. 22 divorce filing with a similar filing of his own. Not surprisingly, the divorce announcement has only fueled more speculation that Jenner may be seeking gender reassignment.
While many divorces drag on for two to four years over financial disagreements, Bruce and Kris have already reached an agreement on how to divide their $60 million joint marital assets, TMZ reported. Sources said the asset division was “easy and amicable,” with no spousal support sought by either side.
The Jenners’ combined earnings over the years had been placed into a joint account that will be divided equally. Kris keeps their lavish home in Hidden Hills, California.
She also retains the business rights to “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and its spinoffs, as the show’s co-creator and executive producer.
Kris, the mother and manager of Kim Kardashian, has long denied reports that Bruce secretly wants to be a woman, calling them tabloid lies.
“[The sex-change operation] is a story that they keep regurgitating from the ’70s,” said Kris. “Ninety-nine percent of the stuff in the tabloids is made up. When he gets his nails buffed they put on clear [nail polish]. The bottom line is, we sell magazines.”
Sex Change Rumors Heated Up Shortly After the Jenners Separated
Kris, 58, and Bruce, 64, have been married for 23 years. When they separated in October 2013, they told their daughters, Kendall and Kylie, on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” they had no intention of divorcing, saying the separation was temporary.
At the time, Kim, her husband Kanye West, and their daughter had moved into the Jenners’ home while their own lavish mansion was being constructed, so Bruce’s move out of the Jenner compound to his own bachelor pad in Malibu seemed understandable.
However, Jenner’s behavior and appearance changed dramatically immediately after the separation. Bruce started growing out his long ponytail shortly after he moved out.
In December 2013 (two months after the Jenners separated), Bruce got a laryngeal shave, a plastic surgery procedure that flattens the Adam’s apple. The laryngeal shave is usually a precursor to a sex change operation.
At the time, Bruce said he got the surgery because he hated how his Adam’s apple looked, and denied he was preparing to get gender reassignment.
Shortly after the Adam’s apple surgery, Jenner got feminine-looking ombré highlights in his hair, and reports surfaced claiming the former Olympic decathlete had developed an obsession with wearing Spanx girdles.
The Spanx rumors were confirmed last week, after photos of Jenner wearing what appeared to be Spanx under his golf outfit were published.
Other reports claimed Bruce had picked out the name “Bridgitte” for his post-surgery identity. Last month, new rumors surfaced claiming Jenner had gotten estrogen treatments, which were responsible for his “man boobs.”
Bruce Admits Plastic Surgery Obsession
All the while, Kris slammed the sex change reports as lies and laughed them off. However, her divorce filing earlier this week came at an odd time, because on the surface, there was no need to divorce at this particular moment. Sadly, the move has only added more fodder to the gossip rumor mill.
Only time will tell if the sex change rumors are true. However, Jenner has admitted being self-conscious about his looks for most of his life, and previously revealed he suffered from deep insecurities as a child stemming from his dyslexia.
Sources close to the family said Bruce does not want to be a woman, but is obsessed with looking young and thinks plastic surgery is the answer.
Bruce, who won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, got a nose job and a partial face lift in 1984, and a second corrective face lift in 2009.
Bruce, who has basically been hen-pecked and emasculated throughout his entire marriage, said that at 65, he simply wants to live the remainder of his life how he sees fit because time is literally running out.
“I’m in the last quarter of life,” Bruce told Kris on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” “I just want to live life the way I want.”