We can now add "guarding family confidences with the tenacity of a dungeon dragon" to the list of Kim Kardashian's many talents. In a recent interview, Kim Kardashian addressed rumors that Bruce Jenner is transgender by saying that his story is his own to tell. In other words, that so-called "changing appearance" is none of yer darn business.
During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Kardashian fielded questions from a reporter who just wouldn't quit with the Bruce Jenner-related questions. When asked, "Can we get to the bottom of what's going on with Bruce?" (a question later rephrased as "Is he going through something?"), Kardashian said that she and her family unconditionally support their father in "his journey." "I'll say that I think that Bruce should tell his story his way," Kardashian elaborated, "I think that when the time is right, he'll talk about whatever he wants to talk about."
As you probably know, the subtext of this convo is related to the theory that Jenner is in the process of transitioning to presenting as a woman, an angle that has become somewhat popular in the gossip media. From InTouch's appalling faux-rendering of Jenner as a woman, to the deplorable Adam's apple watch, the tabloid media has approached this topic with all the sensitivity of a "cellulite report" cover story. Kardashian came prepared to counter questions surrounding this controversy with love and discretion, like a total professional and a really good daughter.
Jenner hasn't directly addressed the transgender rumors yet, but was reportedly "very upset" by the InTouch cover. He supposedly plans to address the chatter on the upcoming season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
Usually I'm not Kardashian's biggest cheerleader, but I have to applaud her for handling these questions rather well. I'm hoping that this isn't just a "watch to see what happens" ploy for ratings, but the reality star's sentiment is totally right. Jenner has the right to address the dialogue and his own feelings in what ever way he sees fit. Issues of gender and sexual identity are deeply personal, and his story belongs to him alone — not the gossip media, not his family, just him.