The second half of E!’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians: About Bruce special focused on the aftermath of the bombshell Bruce Jenner dropped on his family — that he is officially transitioning into a woman — and featured an emotional face-to-face conversation between Kris Jenner and Bruce about the demise of their marriage.
While the first hour followed the various Kardashian-Jenner family members reacting to Bruce’s news that he is a transgender woman, the second hour allowed Jenner to clear the air with his ex-wife, his kids and stepkids, and even Scott Disick.
It also featured Jenner reflecting on the importance of his position in the public eye. “The transgender issue right now is kind of where the gay issue was 30, 40 years ago,” Jenner said. “A lot of people don’t understand it and what we need is tolerance towards that community. Because of the situation I am in, I think we can do a lot of good.”
After the news was finally out in the open, Bruce spoke to Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Kendall, and Kylie about the logistics of his new life. “It gets harder and harder to do the other side,” he confessed, and after Kim bluntly wondered whether he was going to remove his “thing,” he told her that he eventually sees that happening but had no plans yet.
“That’s kind of the last thing you can do. You can do an awful lot before that,” he said, including his already scheduled surgeries on his forehead and his chin.
He also clarified whether he wanted to date again (as he told Diane Sawyer, not any time soon), when he wants to complete his transition, and which pronouns to use.
“We should call you Mad,” Kylie suggested. “Yeah, Mad,” Kourtney agreed. “Mom and dad, and you’re a little bit crazy.”
Bruce Opens Up to Scott
Kourtney Kardashian’s baby daddy Scott Disick had his own sit-down with his quasi-father-in-law. In Scott’s post-chat interview, he had only positive things to say about his KUWTK costar. “Bruce is going to open the door for so many people who are going to be able to live their lives they way they want to,” he said.
“It’s so overwhelmingly nice for me to be able to see you feel comfortable and be happy,” he told Jenner.
Confrontation with Khloe
Khloe had taken the news the hardest in part 1, and Bruce visited her and Kendall to clear the air. “You don’t need to be so hard on him,” Kendall told her big sister. Khloe admitted her reaction was aggressive, and told Bruce the real root of her anger: “It’s not that you’re doing it. I’m mad you weren’t telling us,” she said
Bruce revealed that the reason he was so cryptic and withholding information is because he worried about hurting her and all the members of their family. “I don’t want to hurt anybody; I also want to live my life,” he said, adding, “sometimes because of my love for you and my feelings for you I don’t want to hurt you and I apologize for not being as honest as I should be.”
Kourtney revealed that she didn’t tell Scott even though she’d known about Bruce for a while. When their son Mason wandered by, she hushed the conversation. “I just don’t want to talk about it in front of Mason yet,” she confessed, but also said she didn’t want Mason to learn about it from anyone else.
Scott and Kourtney have talked about how they’re going to discuss the issue with their kids — “It’s only a positive for my son and my daughter to know all these things that go on in this world,” Scott said — but Kourtney wanted to wait until Bruce was further along in his transition before they brought the topic up with the children.
Bruce and Kris Confrontation
The highlight of the hour came halfway through, when Bruce and ex-wife Kris finally sat down together to talk one on one. Both had tears streaming down their faces as they talked about the breakdown of their marriage.
They disagreed about the reason for their divorce — Bruce said Kris treated him badly in the last few years of their marriage, but Kris said it was his bottled up emotion that caused him to become angry and retreat.
“I always knew you struggled with wanting to dress differently and wanting to dress as a female, and that was something you did whenever you got that urge,” Kris said, adding that she didn’t know how deeply he was struggling. “That’s the only thing I experienced with you, Bruce, and I don’t know when you went from this isn’t working for me anymore and I’m going to go all the way and I’m going to start taking hormones.'”
Kris told her husband of more than two decades that she’d tried to discuss things with him the past, but he never opened up. “I’ve always had these issues, honey, and I’ve never dealt with them,” he responded. “That’s what I’m trying to do, for the first time in my life, I’m trying to tell the truth. … You are the toughest one to talk to out of anybody, okay?”
“Well, maybe it’s because I’m the person you lied to the longest,” Kris shot back.
Bruce apologized to Kris, who explained that she just needs time to mourn their relationship and the loss of her husband.
“I tried to relay this to the kids and it wasn’t easy, but hopefully I’ll be a better person,” Bruce said. “Happier. I want to be happy in life. I want to have a smile on my face. I want you to be happy.”
Kris acknowledged that at the end of the day, the most important thing was Bruce feeling comfortable enough to live his life the way he wanted to. “I just want you to know that you were a great dad, you were a great friend, and you were a great partner. At the end of the day it’s not about my feelings, it’s about you, and I just want you to be happy,” she said.
The special ended on a fun note, with Kim sorting through some of Bruce’s new clothes (and finding out he’d stolen her clothes in the past). The family each discussed their apprehension about meeting “her” for the first time.
“I do want to meet her, but like when he’s ready. When we’re both ready,” Kylie said.
Bruce explained what he feels when he’s able to be her: “She’s always more fun, more at ease, feeling good about herself. It’s just all a part of me. It’s like having Bruce with a little bit of icing on the cake. It only gets better.”
He then revealed what he planned to do once the news was out in the open. “What’s my plan? I’m just moving forward in my life,” he told Kim. “Looking forward to that. There’s no more secrets. I don’t have to hide anything. … I want to experience her. I want to enjoy her, because she’s such a part of my life.”
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