MTV Cribs: Caitlyn Jenner Reveals She's 'Always' Worn Makeup As She Opens Up On Going Public With Her Transition
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It's been five years since she asked the world to call her Cait on the cover of Vanity Fair, and now Caitlyn Jenner has spoken candidly about the reality of transitioning under the glare of the spotlight.
The 70-year-old moved to Malibu, California in 2015 to undergo the gruelling process, and is now opening up the doors to her sprawling home for the reboot of the classic MTV show Cribs.
In one scene she confesses that her love for cosmetics began long before she made the decision to transition.
"People say, 'how did you learn your make-up?'" Jenner says. "I've been doing my make-up pretty much all my life, you just didn't know it!"
Speaking to Tyla, the former Olympic champion adds: "I basically transitioned in this house. The media were going crazy. I would have cars follow me everywhere I went."
Although her Malibu home is remote, with no neighbours and surrounded by mountains, Jenner says photographers would still try and get snaps of her before her transition was made public.
"It really ticked me off," she says. "I thought, I have six weeks before Vanity Fair is coming out, so I literally built walls around the house. But as soon as the magazine was released, those walls came down."
Jenner's house is built on memories, with her children's influence apparent in every room. Her wardrobe is stuffed full of handbags bought by youngest daughter Kylie, while photographs of Kendall and Kylie as babies can be seen in the kitchen, with picture of Jenner pre-transition holding them close.
She is still close to her family, with Jenner explaining she has a good relationship with "all 10" of her children.
Kendall and Kylie still call her Dad ("My grandkids call me Boom-Boom!" she says), although she wishes she could see more of her kids.
"Every parent wants to see more of their kids," she insists. "It's nothing new. But I stay in contact with all of them, I go and see them, I had two of my grandkids down last weekend to go swimming at the house. I saw Kylie and Stormi the other night.
"But I'm trying to build my own life now I've raised my children and do what you're going to do. I'm blessed the kids are doing well."
Jenner admits it was an incredible difficult choice for her to come out as transgender, but made her decision to do so after her children had all matured and had left the nest.
"It was a very tough decision to be able to live my life authentically, but I'm very proud of the things I've been able to do in the past, like the Olympic Games," she says.
"I am very, very proud of that accomplishment. I worked hard and was able to accomplish that. But was that all of me? Not even close. There was a lot more to me than that.
"And I struggled with a lot of these things for many, many years. Transitioning is not easy to do for anybody, young or old. It's a tough one to go through with family, friends and relatives, and for me, the media.
"My kids had all grown up and of the sudden there I was, 65, all my kids were out and working and doing well. I'm still left here with all the issues I had when I was five years old. Even though I transitioned very late in life, I knew it was the right thing to do."
The Kardashians are seemingly bowing out of reality TV for the time being, having announced that Keeping Up With The Kardashians is ending next year.
But Jenner is stepping up her social media presence, which was initially set up in 2015 (and holds the Guinness World Record for fastest Twitter account to 1 million followers in just four hours and one minute), and has recently started her own YouTube channel to stave off boredom in lockdown.
"I was nothing like my family when it came to social media," she says. "But I've been having fun on YouTube.
"I'm doing my own variety of stuff, because there's so much I can do make-up tutorials and race a car. I can do it all!"
MTV Cribs premieres Monday October 26 at 8pm on MTV