Caitlyn Jenner has explained why her kids still call her ‘dad’.
The former Olympian, who publically came out as transgender in 2015, has six children with three different wives.
With Chrystie Scott, Jenner has Burt Jenner and Cassandra Marino. She shares Brandon and Brody Jenner with Linda Thompson. While she shares Kendall and Kylie Jenner with The Kardashians star Kris Jenner.
Jenner, 73, has said she’s made her relationship with her kids stronger than ever before in recent years.
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The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star previously told panel moderator Sherri Shepherd, via People magazine: “My relationship is good with them.
“Everyone is busy. Of course, you want to be with every one of them every day, because that’s what you did your entire life.
“Kylie’s busy, Kendall’s all over the world, but my relationship is still good with all of them.”
But despite her transition, Jenner’s kids have continued to call her ‘dad’.
Appearing in a YouTube video with her daughter, Kylie, Jenner opens up about her feelings on the issue.
In the clip, the makeup mogul asks the star: “So, I wanted to ask you… I know, like, sometimes people get really confused when Kendall and I still call you ‘dad’.
“I know we had a talk a few years ago, and you were okay with us still calling you ‘dad’. How do you feel about that now?”
Jenner replies: “I feel it was one of the best decisions I made, and sometimes this community can be pretty tough, especially when it comes to pronouns.
“Everybody’s got an opinion and on and on and on.
“But I really felt from the beginning that I gotta do it, kind of, my way that works for me. And I think everybody out there has got to do it their way, which works for them.”
She continues: “Some people say, ‘Oh, you’re the mother’. [I say,] ‘No I’m not. I’m the dad, I’ve been the dad the whole way. I will be their father until the day they die, or I die’.
“You always say, ‘My dad, she’. And that’s tough, to kind of change the pronouns of it right in the middle.
“You guys are so good – and every time I hear it, I go, ‘Yeah, my girls. They’re on it’.”
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In an interview with The Skinny Confidential Him & Her podcast, Jenner opens up further about her relationship with Kendall and Kylie.
The 72-year-old says: “I get along very well with the two of them, but Kylie and I just seem to be closer most of the time.
“Kendall’s off kind of doing her thing, and Kylie, like, I had dinner last night at Kylie’s house.
“And so from that standpoint, we’re a lot closer.”
She adds: “Kendall’s not that – she’s always very kind of a little bit more secretive.
“We’re still very close, but it’s kind of harder to figure out, where Kylie’s more of an open book.”
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