Kim Kardashian West said in an interview with Today that aired Monday that she's "really happy for [Bruce Jenner] that he is living his life the way he wants to live it and that he has found inner peace and just pure happiness." The comments — to Today host Matt Lauer — were her first on her stepfather's coming out as transgender, aside from a series of tweets Friday night.
On April 24, Jenner's long-awaited interview with Diane Sawyer aired on ABC, where he said, "For all intensive [sic] purposes, I am a woman." Though Jenner's four eldest children — with Chrystie Scott and Linda Thompson — were part of the ABC interview, and many of Jenner's children supported him online following the airing, Kardashian West is the first of the Kardashian/Jenner family to speak out publicly.
"I don't know what life would be like if you always felt like you weren't yourself. And I know it's not something that you or I could really fully understand, but I don't even think we have to. I think 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%," Kardashian West told Lauer.
Kardashian West also told Lauer that in recent weeks, the Kardashian/Jenner family has had "hundreds of family meetings" and taken steps to ensure they're being conscientious and supportive of Bruce.
"We have been talking to people from the GLAAD organization and just different organizations on what do we call him? Do we say 'him' or 'her'? And how do we be respectful?" she said. "Until that transition is done, we've learned that you do refer to [Bruce] as 'him.' But Bruce has always been really, really good at explaining everything to us."
Kardashian West added that she thinks her stepfather is prepared to be propelled to an even sharper spotlight. "I think he has waited almost 65 years to make this decision. Whether he's kept it to himself or not, he's lived with it. And I think that when you're finally ready to be your true self, then you're prepared for anything," she told Lauer.
"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. And I'm really proud of him for that," she said.
Emily Orley is an entertainment reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Orley reports on the television industry.
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