'I have never been more proud of him': Bruce Jenner's mother confirms that the reality TV star IS transitioning into a woman
Esther Jenner said 'I just learned about [his transition]. Bruce filled me in, and we had a very long, long, long talk about it.
'I have never been more proud of Bruce for who he is, himself as a father, as an Olympian, a wonderful public speaker. He instills enthusiasm in people. He's gifted.'
Speaking exclusively to Mail Online in November, following his divorce from wife Kris, she said:
'I love him, no matter what. There's such raunchy publicity all the time. I don't know. I've brought this up to him on the phone when we've talked and he says "mum you can't believe this stuff", he said you can't pay any attention to this stuff and I said "well I want to tell you one thing Bruce, I don't care if what they're putting out is true or false, it's not going to change my love for you", and it's true that's exactly how I feel, but I don't like it.'
She did hold a frank opinion on his long mane of hair though: 'I hate his hair, I tell him it's ugly. That it's ridiculous.
'I told him on the phone the other day, we were talking about it and I said "you know Bruce, you just turned 65 and you're wearing you're hair like you're a teenage rebel". He laughed, just cracked up, he doesn't pay any attention to me. He's always been single-minded and independent.'