Sources close to Bruce Jenner’s family confirm to People magazine that the former Olympian is preparing to live life as a woman.
“Bruce is transitioning to a woman,” the source tells People. “He is finally happy and his family is accepting of what he's doing. He's in such a great space. That's why it's the perfect time to do something like this.”
Before the current generation of reality TV fans came to know Jenner, 65, as the stepfather of Kim Kardashian – and as a star of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” – Jenner’s fame came from his athletic prowess.
He won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics.
Another source tells People that Jenner is filming his new journey for a documentary series that will air “when he is ready to be open about his transition. But he's acting more and more confident and seems very happy.
"He's being very smart about and also respectful about his transition. Instead of completely shocking everyone, his changes have been subtle, and his family has had the chance to slowly get used to his new looks and life.”
Earlier this week Us Weekly reported that the unscripted docu-series will be aired by E!, the same network that gave the world “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
Jenner and the matriarch of the Kardashian family, Kris Jenner, separated in June 2013. Their divorce, after 22 years of marriage, was finalized at the end of 2014.
Rumors about Jenner’s changing personal appearance have been rampant in tabloid and some celebrity news outlets in recent months. He started growing his hair longer, his nails were manicured; some paparazzi photos showed him wearing what appeared to be women’s control undergarments.
In December 2013 TMZ reported that Jenner had visited a plastic surgeon because he was considering having his Adam’s apple shaved down, a common procedure for gender-change patients.
His family has stayed silent on the rumors, but stepdaughter Kim told Entertainment Tonight this week that Jenner will share his story, whatever that might be, when he’s ready.
“He's our dad so we support him no matter what, and I think when the time is right, he'll talk about whatever he wants to talk about,” she said. “I just think it's his story to talk about, not really mine.”