Keeping things in perspective. Linda Thompson shared a touching tribute to two previous relationships via Instagram on Thursday, July 30, and the split-screen image is stunning.
“TBT …that moment when you realize your boyfriend/husband may actually be prettier than you are,” she captioned the image, which juxtaposes a photo of her and ex Elvis Presley with a photo of her and former spouse Caitlyn Jenner (then Bruce Jenner).
Thompson, a songwriter and former actress, dazzles in the dated photos. On the left, she and the late Presley, whom she dated for four years in the 1970s, smile with their arms around one another; on the right, she holds a stern-looking Jenner in a tight embrace while wearing a bathing suit.
Thompson, now 65, has been a vocal supporter of Jenner, to whom she was married from 1981 to 1986, since the former Olympian told Diane Sawyer that she is, “for all intents and purposes,” a woman.
Though “being married to a woman was not what [she] had envisioned,” Thompson said in a lengthy blog she wrote for The Huffington Post that she was ultimately able to come to terms with Jenner’s confession when she recognized how much harder it must have been for her ex to live with such a big secret.
“I mourned the death of my marriage, my man, and my dream of enjoying a lifetime of family togetherness,” she wrote in April, prior to Jenner’s “Call Me Caitlyn” Vanity Fair debut. “But I was also empathetic to, and mourned for, the pain that Bruce had experienced every day of his life.”
“As earth-shattering as his confession had been for me, pulling the proverbial rug out from under my world, Bruce’s struggle made mine pale in comparison,” she continued. “I now had to ‘man up,’ support Bruce and his decisions regarding his own body, take care of my sons, and move on with my life… My hope and my prayer is that humanity has evolved enough and been properly educated to exercise kindness toward those who have struggled or who we may perceive to be ‘different.’”
Later that same month, Thompson revisited Graceland, Presley’s famous home in Memphis, Tenn., where she lived with the music icon for two years.
“Such a nostalgic private tour of Graceland today,” she captioned a shot of herself with the sons she shares with Caitlyn, Brandon and Brody Jenner, and Brody’s girlfriend Kaitlynn Carter. “Really rarefied memories were made at Graceland.”
Thompson was also previously married to music legend David Foster for more than a decade. The pair divorced in 2005.
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