Bruce Jenner celebrated his 65th birthday on Oct. 28 by sporting hot-pink manicured nail polish and smoking a cigarette, x17 reported. The photo surfaced amid rampant reports that Jenner is seeking sex change surgery to become a woman.
“Bruce pulled over casually and started doing something, kind of hiding and bending over in his car,” said the photographer. “When he looked up again, he was lighting a cigarette and his nails were pink. It was so strange. Then he just started up the car and drove off, puffing away.”
In the photo, Bruce holds a cigarette between his manicured nails. His long hair is hidden beneath a baseball cap. Bruce’s ex-wife, Kris Jenner, recently slammed the sex change speculation as tabloid lies.
“It’s silly!” said Kris. “[The tabloids have] been saying that since the ’70s, so you think he’d be cooked by now. They just keep regurgitating the same old stuff.”
Despite the denials, Bruce’s appearance has changed dramatically since he separated from Kris in October 2013. Meanwhile, PR expert Howard Bragman has slammed the media circus surrounding Bruce’s rumored sex change transitioning as cruel.
Howard, who worked with Chaz Bono (the son of singer Cher) during his 2011 sex change transition, is horrified by the spate of negative comments people have made about Jenner.
“I have no inside knowledge of what Bruce is going through, but it really was distressing to me that there was so little sympathy towards him and so much judgment,” Bragman wrote on Facebook. “It’s no wonder that those with gender dysmorphia have psychological issues, disproportionate suicide rates and myriad societal issues.”
Recent reports claimed Bruce has been preparing to undergo a sex change for the past 20 years. Jenner has admitted getting several plastic surgeries since the 1980s, including a nose job and two facelifts, among others. Sources said Bruce is obsessed with plastic surgery because he’s desperate to look young.
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 told TMZ he got the surgery because he hated how his Adam’s apple looked, and denied he was preparing to get gender reassignment.
Since then, new reports have surfaced claiming Jenner has undergone estrogen treatments, which have caused him to sprout “man boobs.” In September 2014, tabloids published photos showing Bruce wearing a Spanx girdle under his golf outfit. A week later, other photos showed Jenner wearing what some claim was a sports bra under his athletic shirt.
On Oct. 4, Jenner was photographed at an Elton John concert sporting suspiciously fuller lips (possibly due to lip injections?) and a feathery blowout hairstyle. At this point, only time will tell whether any of the rumors are true, but at the end of the day.
“I’m in the last quarter of life,” Bruce told Kris on a recent episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” “I just want to live life the way I want.”