Kim Kardashian fully supports her stepfather Bruce Jenner as he transitions to life as a woman. During Friday's interview with Diane Sawyer, Jenner said Kardashian was the "most accepting" of his transition.
The Olympian's stepdaughter shared her feelings in an exclusive interview with NBC's Today Monday. "I'm really happy for him that he is living his life the way he wants to live it. And that he has found inner peace and just pure happiness," Kim, 34, said in a pre-taped segment. "That's what life is about."
Speaking to Matt Lauer, the star of E!'s Keeping Up the Kardashians continued, "I don't know what life would be like if you always felt like you weren't yourself. I know it's not something that you or I could really fully understand, but I don't even think we have to. As long as he is happy, and he wants to live his life, however he wants to live it, that just makes me happy. And I support him 100 percent."
(Bruce advised Sayer that in the context of Friday's interview, he should still be referred to by the pronouns "he" and "him." At this time, Bruce has not chosen to publicly identify as a woman and so E! News will continue to refer to him as Bruce and use male pronouns, until he indicates otherwise.)
Contrary to reports, the Jenners and Kardashians are rallying around Bruce.
"I think there is still an adjustment and there is family therapy. We're really close," Kim said. "I see reports that say, this one doesn't support him, and this one's over here, and my mom feels this way, and it's all really so made up. We all really support him. Is it a hard adjustment? Yes."
As such, the family has consulted with GLAAD and other organizations.
"What do we call him? Do we say him or her? How do we be respectful? There's so many different things that you just want to be supportive and you just want to be respectful, and I think that everything takes time. I mean, Bruce wants us to feel as comfortable as possible and take everything at our own pace, and we love him for that, and we respect him for that," Kim said. "Until that transition is done, we've learned that you do refer to him as him. He's been really, really good at explaining everything to us, even though it's really new. These have been newer feelings—not newer feelings for him, but for us to digest. He's done a really good job of walking us through it."
"There were lots of family meetings," Kim added, noting that her family members had varied emotional responses. "We still have them. Say what you want about us, we work out everything as a family, we have the best communication, and we are so in sync with each other. I love having so many siblings and such a mom because, you know, each family member might be dealing with this in a different way. But we have each other to go through this experience with. And I'm really grateful for that."
Now that Bruce has shared his story, Kim said "he is prepared" for added press attention. "I think that he has waited almost 65 years to make this decision, whether it's kept it to himself or not; he's lived with it. And I think that when you are finally ready to be your true self then you're prepared for anything," she said, adding, "I think he is ready for the challenge and ready to help other people's lives that might be going through the same things that he's going through. And that's something that he's really proud of and something that he is really ready to take on. I'm really proud of him for that."
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