Caitlyn opened up about her relationship with ex-wife Kris and what she revealed to her over the years during an interview at E!‘s international press junket.
“Everybody has a different … interpretation of what happened, but I was, I thought, probably very honest with her at the beginning, when we first met 25 years ago,” the I Am Cait star said.
“Now did I probably downplay it? Absolutely,” continued Caitlyn, 66. “Did I ever think eventually it would come to where I am today? No.”
At the end of the day, though, Caitlyn said the two “had 23 great years together” and that Kris, 60, is “a great person.”
And while Kris struggles with certain elements of her ex-spouse’s transition, the two “get along very well” and “have a great relationship now,” Caitlyn said.
“I think sometimes she has, you know, challenges in trying to deal with the issue now – which, hey, I get it,” Caitlyn said. “But we’re still good friends. Every time we get together we laugh, we have fun. It’s honestly been fine.”
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Caitlyn previously discussed the same topic in a video for the Makers Conference in California in February, explaining that when she first met Kris she was on hormones making her first attempt to transition.
“We hit it off from day one,” Caitlyn said. “I was very honest with her – I had to be, I was a 36B [cup].”
Caitlyn, who then got off hormones and got her breasts removed, went on to marry Kris in 1991 and the two set some ground rules.
According to Caitlyn: “The rules, kind of, with Kris and I [were]: ‘Don’t dress up, certainly around the house, if you really need to do that, when you’re on the road take stuff and do that.’ So I did that for years.”
In an interview with Vanity Fair last June, Kris said she knew her then-husband cross-dressed but didn’t realize Caitlyn wanted to transition into a woman.
“When I met Bruce, he told me that he had done hormones back in the early ’80s,” she said. “This was a conversation that took place in the early ’90s. So, what he was telling me happened a decade earlier, and he never really explained it.”
“Nobody mentioned a gender issue,” she added. “Somebody mentioned that at one point in his life he liked to dress up.”