Caitlyn Jenner has revealed that her Olympic fame trapped her in a body that she was doubting.
The 70-year-old came out as a trans woman in 2015, and began her transition.
Speaking on BBC 4’s Don’t Tell Me The Score, she said training for Olympic games didn’t compare to the years she spent preparing to come-out and transition.
“I trained 12 years for the games. I trained 65 years to transition in 2015. It was harder to do, it was less accepted,” she said.
“Everyone loved the Games, a lot of people when they see you transition hate your guts. Look at the quotes on Instagram. By far that was a lot more difficult,” she explained.
“A lot of the training was really running away from the issues I had.”
Caitlyn recalled how her Olympic fame led to gender dysphoria, and wondering if she would be trapped in the wrong body for the rest of her life.
“I remember getting up the next morning, didn’t have a stitch of clothes on, walking to the bathroom, medal sitting there on the table, put the medal around my neck, looking in the mirror and I go, ‘What have you just done? Am I stuck with this person for the rest of my life?’ It was scary.”
Discussing her ex-wife, and mother to two of her daughters Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Caitlyn said her transition was nothing to do with the pair’s marriage break-down.
“Kris and I went our separate directions,” she said. “It wasn’t for me to transition or anything to do with that.”
“We changed apart. There was no argument, no nothing, we did our divorce agreement in one day.”
The star said the pair knew it was the right thing for them, and they remain on good terms.
“We both knew it was the right thing to do. I leased a house in Malibu to get out, and yeah we’re on good terms today.”