Bruce Jenner’s ex-wife Linda Thompson posted an Instagram pic of herself posing next to Bruce and his first ex-wife, Chrystie Scott.
Linda shared the photo, along with the caption, “It has been gently brought to my attention that I never personally shared the link to the Huffington Post abbreviated excerpt from my memoir in progress. So here it is. And thank you for your loving & kind response! #chrystiebruceandme.”
In the excerpt, Thompson details her time with Bruce, which she called “a life experience that shaped her existence immeasurably.”
The mother of Bruce’s sons, Brandon, 33, and Brody, 31, detailed the first time her ex-husband opened up to her about his gender identity:
“Bruce came to me one day with a very somber look on his face and said, ‘There's something about me that I really need to tell you, something you need to know.’ I truly thought he might possibly tell me he had had an affair while on the road. But that's not what he wanted to confess to me. Bruce told me that he identified as a woman. Not understanding exactly what he meant, I questioned him. ‘What do you mean you identify as a woman?’ I asked. "What does that mean?’ He replied that it meant that for as long as he could remember, he had looked in the mirror and seen a masculine image staring back at him where there should have been a feminine reflection. Bruce lamented, "I have lived in the wrong skin, the wrong body, my whole life. It is a living hell for me, and I really feel that I would like to move forward with the process of becoming a woman, the woman I have always been inside."
Thompson went on to explain that there were no signs or clues, and if Bruce had told her about his gender issue when they first began dating, she would not have married him, but was grateful he didn’t.
“Looking back, I'm so grateful to God, the universe, and Bruce that I didn't know, and that Bruce played the role in my life that he did,” Thompson explained. “What a tragedy that truth, if Bruce had confessed it in 1979, would have been for my existence as I have known it! I would never have experienced the joy, the honor, the privilege of being the mother of the two most precious gifts I have ever known, Brandon and Brody. As life has a way of unfolding as it is meant to, I have learned to trust life.”