Transcript for Bruce Jenner: 'I'm Trying to Live With Myself'
Almost 17 million as we said watching on Friday night. Diane's interview with Bruce Jenner and still this morning getting a lot of buzz. It was just so courageous, daring, all the adjectives you could use to describe that conversation. He really brought people along on that journey. As you said so many people it really sparked a national conversation about transgender issues and this morning we have new parts of the interview that have never been seen before. Chris Connelly has that. Yes, for all intents and purposes I am a woman. Reporter: The former olympic champion pulling back the curtain on life as a transgender person. Now transitioning to a woman. Jenner also eager to spark a new national conversation. I'm me. I'm me. I'm a person and this is who I am. I'm not stuck in anybody's body. It's just who I am as a human being. Reporter: This morning, Jenner recalling the early stages of transition, not ready then to share this secret with the world. Yet besieged by paparazzi. Everybody thinks they've seen changes, changes in your face, changes -- Yes, I give them ammunition, okay. Reporter: But why? Why -- Because I'm trying to live with myself. This was you venturing out for yourself. Absolutely. For nobody else -- Into the rotor blade. Trying to be myself. It looked a little light cat and mouse. It looked a little as if you were daring them to -- No, I wasn't daring them. I'll give you that it may look that way. I wasn't daring them at all. Reporter: It would take daring and then some to win that decathlon gold medal in 1976. Jenner telling sawyer in another previously unseen exchange how that challenge compares to the one that Jenner has faced for a lifetime. You said once the decathlon is just ten events but life -- I thought of the title for the book is the 11th event overcoming life's obstacles because life is much more difficult than running a decathlon. I guarantee you. But ultimately you win or lose from what's inside. Exactly right and being honest to yourself everybody's got stuff. Everybody's got their things that they have to deal with. This happens to be my thing that I've dealt with all my life. I'm trying to do something about it for the good. Okay. And I don't think anybody could be critical of that. At least I hope not. Reporter: We'll have lots of reaction to Jenner's interview and previously unheard words from Jenner's children coming up later on "Gma." George. Thanks, Chris. We are joined by chrystie Scott, Bruce Jenner's first wife. Thank you so much for joining us this morning, chrystie. You're welcome. You know, we all learned Friday night that you were actually the first person that Bruce Jenner ever talked to about this way back in 1972. What did he say? You know, I can't remember the exact words because it was such a shock to me. But he opened up his heart and confessed and he had to share this deep, dark secret and, he told me he always wanted to be a woman. And understandably I was speechless. I didn't really know what to say. I was really pleased that he shared that intimacy with me that he trusted me with his deepest, darkest secret, but I don't remember the exact words. This is the first year of your marriage. You get the shock as you say. How do you wrap your head around it and go on to make a life, make a family? It's so hard to wrap your head around it, particularly because he was such a manly man. And he didn't display any female style in any way. He never indicated anything feminine in his demeanor, but it didn't threaten me. It didn't threaten our marriage. It wasn't really a part of -- it wasn't really a T heat. It wasn't a problem. Take us forward to Friday night. Kind of a remarkable scene Friday night. You're all at Cassandra's house watching the show together. Watching the interview together and Bruce is right by your side. What was that like? That was kind of surreal. I mean, it was great because the family was together and that's what I'm most proud of, to see him go through this anguish, I know it's been painful for him. I know it's been a torment in his life. Sitting right next to him what could you see in his reaction to watching his life unfold there in the interview. Pain, pain. He was tearful at times and it broke my heart. I reached over and tried to give him a little bit -- I tried to give him a little comfort. It broke my heart for him. It was sad. But he ended up in a good place? I think it was cathartic, you know, to go -- to watch it together. I think it was cathartic to him. It was -- it was pretty intense. I can only imagine and what do you want families to know? There will be thousands of families talking about this going through this in the coming years. What do you want them to know about this experience? S Well, I'm sure there are plenty of people that don't have the courage to come out at all, ever. And they live private, dark, tortured lives and that's tragic. That's just tragic and the fact that he did share it with me that first year, I felt like it was -- it was actually a gift that he gave to me that he trusted me with something so intimate. Chrystie, thanks very much for sharing your story. You're welcome. Boy, what eloquent testimony. It had to be comforting to watch it together as a family. It was so brave. Now we have -- is that really
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