Bruce Jenner wanted his first wife to get an abortion when she found out she was pregnant during the middle of their divorce in the late 1970s, his daughter said.
In the same interview where Jenner made his debut as “Caitlyn,” Casey Jenner told Vanity Fair the story of her birth.
Jenner married Chrystie Crownover in 1972, and the two had a son, Burt. They found out she was pregnant with Casey halfway through their divorce, and Casey said her mom told her that Bruce first suggested getting an abortion but “rejected it after 30 seconds.” (PHOTOS: Here’s Your First Look At Bruce Jenner As ‘Caitlyn’)
He also wasn’t present at her birth.
“I never knew he wasn’t at my birth until I was about 13 years old and we were arguing on the phone about money,” Casey said. “He kept saying, ‘You don’t know the whole story.'”
“I hung up the phone and was asking my mom what he was talking about until she confessed the history behind my birth.”
But Chrystie once said the plan for the abortion went a lot further than just “30 seconds.” In a 1981 interview with People magazine, she said she came close to going through with the abortion simply because Bruce wanted it, even going as far as to pay for it.
“When I found out I was pregnant Bruce raised the issue of an abortion, and I went along with him just as I always did. I had all the tests and had even paid for the operation,” Chrystie said. (RELATED: Kris Jenner To Bruce: Why Get Married And Have Kids If You Wanted To Be A Woman?)
“I thought, ‘What an idiot I am.’ I wanted the child very, very much. But I was conditioned to make decisions that were best for him. It was totally my choice to have the baby. But since then Bruce has been very loving and accepting of Casey. We haven’t had any hassles over the kids.”
In his Vanity Fair interview, the 65-year-old acknowledges he made mistakes while raising his children, and his son Burt said he hoped “Caitlyn” would be a better person than Bruce was. (RELATED: Bruce Jenner Just Ruined Kim Kardashian’s News Cycle)
Jenner did not immediately respond to a request for comment.