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Bruce Jenner's Mom Confirms His Transition: 'I Support Him Wholeheartedly'

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There's been a great deal of speculation over the past few months that Bruce Jenner is transitioning to living as a woman. Although he's* stayed mum on the subject so far, his mother not only confirmed his transition but said she's proud of him.His mother, Esther Jenner, told that she recently learned about his transition and they had a long discussion about it. Esther sounds like a sweet and supportive mother to her 65-year-old son, a former Olympic gold medalist, motivational speaker and reality TV show star on Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

"Right now I am more proud of him for what he's allowing himself to do," Esther said. "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."

"I support him wholeheartedly," she added. "I just love him like I always have."

Jenner will likely be telling his story soon. BuzzFeed reports that Diane Sawyer of ABC News is in the final stages of negotiating an interview with Bruce about his transition.

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E! also announced that they're giving Bruce his own reality TV show, but the details about it are vague to say the least. Sources have told TMZ that Bruce's family is being extremely supportive about his transition, but his ex-wife, Kris Jenner "lost it" at one point.

Over the last few months, Bruce has been seen with long hair and manicured nails, and there have been reports that he had his Adam's apple shaved down, fueling speculation that he's transitioning to living as a woman. InTouch also published a horrible magazine cover with a Photoshopped image of the former track star as a woman.

As to why Bruce would want to publicly share this challenging time in his life, his mother said that he's doing it so he can help countless others with their own emotional problems.

*Since Jenner has not publicly come out as a transgender woman, LAist is using the male pronoun to refer to him until we know for sure what he wants to be called.