Right after actress, model and songwriter Linda Thompson divorced Caitlyn Jenner — then acknowledged as Bruce — in 1985, the Olympian was nonetheless a doting dad to their two young sons, Brandon and Brody. But soon after she met wife #3 Kris. their pleased family life came crashing down. Linda, now 66, tells all about Kris’ surprising scheme in her new guide, A Tiny Thing Referred to as Lifestyle According to Linda, she and her husband split when Caitlyn, now 66, exposed her ideas to transition into a woman.
But they have been nevertheless near, and Caitlyn often visited the young children at Linda’s new residence with boyfriend and later husband, DavidFoster. “The moment or twice a week, he stopped by to swim or play with the boys…Bruce was also invited to, and commonly attended, each holiday celebration and kids’ birthday get together,” she writes. “He often had his video recorder in hand, and he was very substantially in the mix at such occasions.” In 1990, Caitlyn, then in mid-transition to turning out to be a lady, began dating Kris, now 60. A yr later on, the two made a decision to marry, and Caitlyn stopped the transition method. “I had high hopes for the blended relatives we have been constructing and I noticed the likelihood for ongoing adore and help for all of our youngsters,” Linda says. “Nonetheless, in reality, the union marked a turning point throughout which periods of a number of many years would go by with no Bruce trying to speak to or pay a visit to his sons,” she claims. “No birthday cards, or mobile phone calls, no ‘Merry Christmas,’ no ‘Everything okay?’ soon after many Malibu wildfires threatened our house and security.
Acquiring been current at virtually all of the birthday parties and holidays in the five many years in between our separation and his marriage to Kris…Bruce was a noticeable absence now.” His devastated children allegedly stopped asking about their father. “The disappointment in their sweet little faces when he allow them down broke my heart even far more than our divorce had,” Linda writes. Following the wedding ceremony, Caitlyn “dismissed” not only Linda and his sons, but his whole crew of publicists and managers. “Kris desired to get manage of his job and affairs,” Linda claims. “To her credit score, all around this time Bruce did delight in a resurgence in his job.” She claims she cannot entirely blame Kris for Bruce’s failure as a father. “Although I could not personally respect or appreciate a guy who didn’t take care of all his little ones, the duty was often Bruce’s,” she explains. Sometimes, Brody and Brandon attended the annual Christmas Eve bash at Caitlyn and Kris’ home—but it was all for display, Linda claims: “Occasionally they have been invited, or pressured, into posing for the annual more than-the-top rated Christmas card the Kardashian/Jenner clan was notorious for.”
By 1996, Caitlyn “had thoroughly descended into the Kardashian rabbit hole,” Linda says. When she made her reality Television debut in Maintaining Up With the Kardashians. Brandon and Brody have been hurt to see their neglectful dad parenting other young children. Additional fakery! Brody and Brandon have been asked to “pretend” to babysit half sisters Kendall and Kylie on the series premiere of KUWTK. Linda says, incorporating that there was a “script.”
After Caitlyn eventually separated from Kris in 2013, she began seeing Brandon and Brody a lot much more typically. Two many years later, she told them she was last but not least preparing to transition.