Olympic gold medalist turned reality television personality Bruce Jenner will sit down with Diane Sawyer to discuss transitioning from male to female, according to various media reports.
An ABC insider tells The New York Post that portions of the interview were set to begin filming in the first week of February, and the special will air in May.
Along with his sit-down with Sawyer, Jenner’s journey will also be chronicled in an unscripted E! series, which Jenner is currently filming, according to Us Weekly.
“The world will see his full transformation,” a Jenner source told Us. “It’s a docuseries featuring the Jenner family talking about Bruce ‘coming out.’”
The announcement comes amid heavy media speculation in recent months as to Jenner’s changing appearance.
In late January, stepdaughter Kim Kardashian talked about Jenner’s “journey,” which is expected to be a plot point on the upcoming season of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”
Jenner’s children and stepchildren reportedly are supportive of his transition.
“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,” said Kardashian, 34. “I feel like that’s his journey to talk about.”
Jenner’s mother, in a Radaronline.com interview, offered no details about the upcoming announcement, but did say she supports him “whole-heartedly” and is as proud of him as she was of his athletic achievements.
“Right now I am more proud of him for what he’s allowing himself to do,” said Esther Jenner. “I am more proud of him now than when he stood on that podium and put the gold medal around his neck. He deserves all the respect.”
Jenner, 65, became a national hero in 1976 when he won the gold medal in the decathlon at the Summer Olympics in Montreal.
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