The eyes of the world are on Bruce Jenner. As the patriarch of reality TV's most famous family, the former Olympian, 65, is used to living his life in the glare of the spotlight. But never has that spotlight been as bright as it is now, in the lead-up to his highly anticipated interview with ABC News veteran Diane Sawyer.
As detailed in the new issue of Us Weekly, the Friday, April 24 two-hour special edition of 20/20 — during which Jenner will discuss his transition from male to female — is the kickoff of a larger plan for the father of 10 "to reintroduce himself to society as a woman," a source tells Us.
It's a plan that's been in the works for some time now — and Jenner is ready to set it in action. "Bruce is very proud and excited," the insider says.
With good reason, too. As teased in a recent promo for the chat, Jenner told Sawyer, "My whole life has been getting me ready for this." And he wasn't exaggerating. "Bruce told Diane he has wanted to be a woman for as far back as he can remember," the source tells Us. "He always felt it and kept burying it."
No longer. With three marriages behind him, to Chrystie Crownover, Linda Thompson, and Kris Kardashian, the sports enthusiast is telling (almost) all to Sawyer, whom he chose "because he knew she would work with him to present his journey tastefully," the insider says. "He felt safe and in control."
For more on Jenner's journey — including his road to acceptance, his plans for after the interview, and what he won't share with Sawyer — pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on stands now.