Transcript for Caitlyn Jenner Makes Splash With Public Debut
with the whole world getting to know Caitlyn Jenner. Gracing the cover of the July issue of vanity fair. Where she talks in depth about her old life and her new path. ABC's Chris Connelly has the story. Reporter: Call me Caitlyn, those words on the cover of vanity fair, introducing to the world 65-year-old Caitlyn Jenner. Marking the successful transition for the olympic champion once known as Bruce Jenner to life as a transgender woman. I probably was at the game because I was running away from a lot of things. The last few days in doing this shoot, was about my life. And who I am as a person. It's not about the fanfare, it's not about people cheering in the stadium, it's not about going down the street and people giving me a pat on my back. This is about your life. Bruce always had to tell a lie. He was always living that lie. Every day, he always had a secret. From morning till night. Caitlyn doesn't have any secrets. As soon as the vanity fair cover comes out, I'm free. Reporter: That freedom, what genre yearned for most, first revealing her life long secret to Diane sawyer. Are you a woman? Um, yes. Reporter: Caitlyn Jenner made her Twitter debut Monday and unseeded president Obama to become the fastest Twitter user to reach 1 million users. Another Jenner world record and at 65. Who would have thought? Support coming from the well-known. And daughter Kendall tweeting, be free now pretty bird. Kim saying Caitlyn live free. She'll be at the espys, her first public appearance, all ten of her children and stepchildren slated to be surrounding her. For "Good morning America," Chris Connelly, ABC news, los Angeles. All right, Chris, thank you. Joining us is buzz bissinger, the author of the article in the July issue of vanity fair. When was the last time you saw Caitlyn? I saw Caitlyn on may 6th, part of the vanity fair shoot, the incredible pictures by Annie leibovits, she was glowing, she looked great. She looked happy and it was a little freaky to tell you the truth. Why do you say that. When I started the story in February, it was Bruce, it was Bruce Jenner, the Bruce Jenner I remember, winning the decathlon the hero of America and literally on March 15th, he went in for ten hours of plastic surgery, that was the end of Bruce as we know it. Now she's Caitlyn she was excited. But scared. This is the point of no return. You can't take back the plastic surgery, so he said and it's in the story, in vanity fair, what if I made a mistake? She had a panic attack. After the surgery? The day after. Describe it. She was in a lot of pain, trying to get some sleep, then woke up in a terror. How did she stop having the panic attacks? She met with a counselor the counselor said it's Normal, it's Normal because of the pain medication. Everybody is going to have some temporary self-doubt. She said, I'm free. After 65 years, I'm free. When I saw her, completely isolated, completely alone, it was almost painful to be with him. There was an awkwardness to him, all his life basically. Think about it. He's Bruce Jenner. I mean he was the bomb. You know, I hated him because he was so attractive. He was the essence of -- and living this secret, this is not who I am. You know people said, you shouldn't come out in the 1980s. You try it. If he came out in the 1980s he would have been vilified. He would have no work, nothing. He really had to wait. You have been in this business for a long time. Pulitzer-prize winner. You said this is by far the most extraordinary story you have ever worked on. This is important culturally. Not a story about he became a woman, it's about tolerance. Let people be who they want to be. Whether it's man or woman. The way they dress. I think he's representative of tolerance. We know as in Chris' report and ESPN announced yesterday, she'll be accepting the awe Thur ashe award for encouragement. Caitlyn was insistent I want all ten of my children there if they can be there. I want them to share in this moment. She wants to make things right with the four Jenner kids. Who frankly, Bruce, they abandoned them when they were entering adolescent. What do the kids think about the cover shot? I think it's hard for the sons. Think about it. This is their dad and it's going to take a while for them to adjust. Did she mention why the name Caitlyn. She made a list of names, had a close friend made a list of names. And it's Caitlyn with a "C." There's such secrecy around the photo shoot and even the computer that buzz used wasn't linked to the internet. Even with these revelations they managed a huge surprise. . They really did.
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