Part 2 of Keeping up With The Kardashians: “About Bruce” aired last night. It was more in-depth than part one, with Bruce’s daughters and ex wife questioning him about his plans for surgery and transitioning. As we saw yesterday, Khloe in particular was having problems with her father’s transition, but mostly because she felt that he hid it from them. Most all of his family members were loving and accepting, particularly Kim and Scott, surprisingly. Everyone expressed love for Bruce and said they wanted him to be happy. Kris and Bruce cried as they discussed the end of their marriage, with Bruce claiming that Kris had treated him badly and Kris lamenting that Bruce had lied to her for years.
Many of you are skeptical of this family, which is understandable. Even if they’re playing exaggerated versions of themselves, which they seem to have done for years, their emotions did seem genuine to me. This is a weighty topic and it’s real for Bruce and his family. Here’s some of what they said:
On if Bruce is going to have sex reassignment surgery
“That’s kind of the last thing you can do. You can do an awful lot before that. No, as of right now [I have no plans].”
On if he considers himself a lesbian
“I’m totally heterosexual. I’m not doing this for that reason. [sexuality]”
Scott didn’t know about Bruce’s transition but he’s cool
Scott: “Bruce is going to open the door for so many people who are going to be able to live their lives they way they want to… I’m just excited to see him be nice and be happy…It’s only a positive for my son and my daughter to know all these different things that go on in this world.”
Khloe is still mad, bitchy
Khloe: “What I was mad about was feeling like you were robbing me of having the opportunity to let go [of you as Bruce]… I’m mad that you weren’t telling us.”
Bruce wants to bring awareness to transgender issues
“I feel like I can help people. I can do some good… The transgender issue right now is kind of where the gay issue was 30/40 years ago. A lot of people don’t understand it, and what we need is tolerance towards that community.”
Kris and Bruce cry it out, she tells him to be honest
Bruce: “You’re an amazing women… We raised amazing children and those memories will live inside me forever… I would hope that you would be onboard.”
Kris: “I’m just so confused. I think you shut me out a long time ago.”
Bruce: “You know you treated me badly those last four or five years of our marriage.”
Kris: “You were just very angry.. You never said this would be the end result… being honest is something we all would have appreciated.”
Kris knew about the crossdressing but didn’t know about the hormones
Kris: “I always knew you struggled with… wanting to dress as a female… That’s the only thing I experienced with you, Bruce, and I don’t know when you went from this isn’t working for me anymore [to] I’m going to go all the way. You never even told me as a married couple that you were taking hormones.”
Bruce: “I wasn’t taking them when we were together… I took hormones back in the 80s when I met you and I told you.”
Kris: “No, you said you had taken them at one time… I didn’t know [when]. You’ve never explained… You need to own what the truth is. I never saw this coming in a gazillion years.”
Bruce: “Sometimes it’s much easier to talk to somebody that I’m not going to hurt… you’re the toughest one to talk to out of anybody.”
Kris: “Maybe it’s because I’m the one you lied to the longest.”
After that Bruce apologized to Kris, but it seemed half-hearted. She said she is still trying to process everything and “has to mourn this person I was married to for so many years.” You know, I really felt for Kris. She was bawling and it was emotional and raw. Bruce didn’t seem to get the extent of her pain but he was gracious toward her and told her he still loved her. They both said they wanted each other to be happy and she told him he was a great dad.
At the end of the episode Kim went over to Bruce’s to look through his closet. She took out some of his clothes and told him to get rid of them and helped him put a few outfits together. He admitted to stealing one of her outfits a long time ago. It was cute and fun-spirited.
As of the taping of that episode none of Bruce’s daughters had met Her, but Kim has since seen Bruce as Her and told Access Hollywood that “she looked beautiful, really beautiful.” Kim also said that she know Bruce’s female name but she’s not revealing.
Say what you will about this family, but I’m impressed with how they’re handling this and how they are sticking together. Sure these episodes were somewhat rehearsed, but I still found them uplifting and honest.
photos are screenshots from E!