When reporters began calling her in February asking about rumors of her son's transition, Esther Jenner told them she was proud of him more than ever and that "it takes a lot of courage to do what he's doing." The 88-year-old widow's tune hasn't changed now that Caitlyn Jenner has revealed herself to the world in the July issue of Vanity Fair.
"I was there last week, well actually, I got home a week and a half ago," Esther told Access Hollywood. "And I met Caitlyn. She is…so much more at ease."
But, as Esther said to the Associated Press months ago, "it's difficult to wrap your mind around it," which explains why she's still calling Caitlyn by her birth name.
"His father and I named him [Bruce]," she said. "It's going to be a struggle for me to get used to the change, but happily so…I'm very happy for him—or her!"
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