Kris Jenner has filed for divorce from Bruce Jenner, 11 months after revealing the couple had separated. The divorce filing comes amid rumors that Bruce is seeking sex change surgery. Kris cited irreconcilable differences.
Bruce ignited more sex change speculation after being photographed wearing a Spanx girdle under his clothes last week. Jenner, who was photographed sporting shaved, shiny legs last week, inadvertently flashed his Spanx while tucking in his shirt in photos posted by Radar.
While a man wearing Spanx doesn’t necessarily mean he wants sex change surgery, Jenner’s increasingly womanly appearance and string of odd behaviors have kept the gender reassignment rumors going strong.
Bruce has been the target of sex change speculation since the 1970s, but those rumors died down until a few months ago, when the former Olympic decathlete 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. In December 2013, Bruce told TMZ he got the surgery because he hated how his Adam’s apple looked, and denied he was preparing to get gender reassignment surgery.
Shortly after the Adam’s apple surgery, Jenner made headlines after refusing to cut his long ponytail after his stepdaughter, Kim Kardashian, begged him to before her June 2014 wedding.
Jenner also got ombré highlights in his hair (which was chronicled on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”), further enhancing his feminine appearance. Bruce has admitted getting regular manicures on his long fingernails. Earlier this year, sources claimed Jenner was spotted wearing earrings and lip gloss.
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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.” Meanwhile, Bruce’s estranged wife, Kris Jenner, has slammed the sex change reports as tabloid lies.
While any one of the allegations taken in isolation wouldn’t be enough to ignite the spate of sex change reports, all of Jenner’s behaviors taken together appears to provide convincing evidence. However, if Bruce did want gender reassignment surgery, there’s nothing stopping him, since his children are grown, he’s financially well off and is retired, so he no longer needs to worry about his public image.
Jenner has always been self-conscious about his looks 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.
Interestingly, the sex change reports kicked into high gear shortly after Bruce separated from Kris, his wife of 23 years. Bruce and Kris announced their separation in October 2013, when he moved to Malibu. Jenner began growing out his ponytail shortly after the split, and the rash of sex change reports have snowballed since then.
For his part, Bruce said that at 64, he simply wants to live his life the way he sees fit after doing everything Kris told him to do for the past two decades.
“I’m in the last quarter of life,” he told Kris on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” “I just want to be free to do what I want and live life the way I want.”
Update: Bruce and Kris settle divorce: $60M in assets divided equally