Kris Jenner met her husband, then Bruce, now Caitlyn Jenner for the first time after his transition, and she couldn’t hold back tears.
Bruce and Kris were married for 23 years and share two daughters, Kendall and Kylie. The couple announced their separation in 2013, ‘due to irreconcilable differences’, and officially filed for divorce in 2014.
In a joint statement to E! news, the couple talked about their split saying, “We are living separately and we are much happier this way, but we will always have much love and respect for each other. Even though we are separated, we will always remain best friends and, as always, our family will remain our number one priority.”
The two however, remained on good terms and Kris shared an old picture of the lovebirds in honor of their 23rd wedding anniversary on Instagram. She wrote, “Happy Anniversary to one of the most amazing men I know!!!! I love you, Wow 23 years!!!!! #love #weareofficiallyvintage”.
In October 2014, a month after the divorce, rumors started stirring up about the transition of Bruce Jenner. Kris commented, “They’ve been saying that since 1976. For me, that’s not my experience with Bruce. He’s a great guy. I love him. I don’t know what he’s going through right now. I think he’s just very happy and I think every time he makes a change in his life — whether it’s emotional or physical or whatever he’s doing — somebody’s going to comment on whatever look you have going on for the day.”
The rumors turned out to be true and Bruce came out as a transgender in 2015, in the 20/20 special with Diane Sawyer. She revealed that she had been taking hormones even when she was with Kris and had developed breasts by the time they separated. “I had been on hormones for five years and it was a solid 36B something, so you really can’t, you know, you can’t hide those things,” he said. “[Kris] goes, ‘Well, you know, OK. You like to wear women’s clothes?’ I kind of downplayed it”.
The ex-spouses recently reconnected and even though Kris initially stated, to have “bawled her eyes out”, she was the one to initiate the meetup. The pair avoided talking about anything serious at first, chatting about clothes and their kid, and how they looked fat in paparazzi photos.
The awkwardness between the two was evident by the way Kris was acting – super uncomfortable and rigid, like she didn’t know how to act around her former husband. The mother of two broke down during their conversation, saying, “You’re sensitive and amazing to all these new people in your life, you’re just not so sensitive and amazing to the family that you left behind.” Caitlyn responded by justifying that it didn’t mean she didn’t love her or the kids.
Although, awkward at first, the meetup did end well with Caitlynn giving Kris a kiss on the cheek and taking a selfie together.
Public had mixed views about the meet up. Some were moved by the efforts for reconciling, while other commented, “This is the most awkward and uncomfortable thing I have ever seen”.
They sympathized with poor Kris, sharing their personal experiences and appreciating her for her efforts. One user commented, “I feel for Kris.. my relationship ended because my boyfriend came out as transgender…it’s very hard to see someone you loved change and not be the person you loved anymore… I know transgendered people go through way more than that for themselves but it would be nice to see some sympathy to the partners in the relationship who end up losing their boyfriend or girlfriend in the end…”