It's long been an off-limits subject for Caitlyn Jenner but now it's out: People reports it has confirmed that Jenner's as-yet-unreleased memoir will acknowledge she had sex-change surgery in January.
Up until now, Jenner has avoided talking about gender reassignment surgery — when and if she would ever undergo the procedure nearly two years after she came out as transgender. Such questions are generally considered rude and irrelevant by trans people.
Some transgender people never undergo surgery, and within the trans community, the decision not to go through surgery doesn't make them any less transgender. For one thing, the surgery can be complicated and risky.
But the former Bruce Jenner, Olympic gold medal athlete, father and reality TV star, says in her memoir, The Secrets of My Life, out April 25, that she decided to be open in the book about her decision, to stop the questions about when and if, People reported.
“I am telling you because I believe in candor,” she says. “So all of you can stop staring. You want to know, so now you know. Which is why this is the first time, and the last time, I will ever speak of it.”
People reported on the revelation Tuesday after RadarOnline published a report on the memoir quoting Jenner as saying the surgery was a success.
Jenner, 67, revealed herself as Caitlyn in June 2015 with an interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC and a cover story in Vanity Fair. In October 2016, she legally changed her name to Caitlyn Marie and her gender to female, People said at the time.
Jenner, who wrote the book with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Buzz Bissinger, is scheduled to promote the memoir with another interview with Sawyer on 20/20 on April 21.