Let me start with a confession: I have seen every single episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians and its 5 spin-offs (that's 114 episodes, in case you're wondering how much of my life I've spent thinking about these people versus learning a new language or how to paint a bowl of fruit or undertaking some other worthy pursuit). I have also on numerous occasions defended various members of the Kardashian clan, usually Khloe.
Why the debate? Because the prevailing notion is that they're famous for no reason (it's true that they don't have talent in the traditional sense, but they're able to create a heightened version of their family life for television that has kept people interested since 2007 and that's something). Another major criticism is that they will do anything for more publicity and fame (I concede this point).
Over the years, there's been a lot of family drama, to say the least. Everything from standard sibling bickering to 72 days marriages to serious drug addictions. No matter what kind of craziness goes on, Bruce Jenner is on the sidelines, offering advice that no one heeds. He pretty much stays out of the way and, in recent years, has appeared to disdain his now ex-wife, Kris, and the things she and her children hold dear: looks, fame, name brands, money.
So it was a bit shocking when buzz started to circulate around Jenner for once. Because he prefers his hair long and appears to have an affinity for plastic surgery, rumors began to swirl that he was transitioning. Those two characteristics aren't enough to make assumptions regarding gender identity, yet here we are.
The family has not publicly commented on Bruce allegedly being trans, but, earlier this year, Kim had this to say, when asked about her stepfather: "I think everyone goes through things in life, and I think that story and what Bruce is going through, I think he'll share whenever the time is right. I feel like that's his journey to talk about."