Caitlyn Jenner doesn’t resent the 65 years he spent living life as Bruce Jenner.
The 66-year-old discussed what life is like 40 years after he won an Olympic gold medal on the cover of Sports Illustrated this month. (RELATED: Caitlyn Jenner: ‘Hillary Clinton Couldn’t Care Less About Women’)
“I love Bruce,” Jenner said while wearing wedges and skinny jeans during his interview. “I still love him today. I like what he did and the way he set an example for hard work and dedication. I’m proud of that part of my life. But this woman was living inside me, all my life, and it reached the point where I had to let her live and put Bruce inside.”
“And I am happier, these last 12 months, than I’ve ever been in my life.”
Jenner said he’s always been a woman — at least on the inside. (RELATED: Book: Caitlyn Jenner Regrets Becoming A Woman)
“I was female inside, but I wasn’t an effeminate male. So I could hide easily in the male world. My life was distraction after distraction after distraction. Being a macho male was a way for me to try to convince myself that the woman living inside of me really isn’t living inside me.”
Jenner said even when he was at the prime of his career he was disgusted by his body. (RELATED: Caitlyn Jenner: ‘I Get More Flak For Being Conservative Than Being Transgender’)
“It disgusted me. I was big and thick and masculine. The rest of the world thought it was this Greek god kind of body. I hated it. But it’s what I was given, so I just tried to do the best I could with it.”
Jenner, who now keeps his Olympic gold medal in his “nail drawer,” said he feels like he’s contributed more to the world since transitioning than he did as a decathlete. (RELATED: Caitlyn Jenner Celebrates His First Year As A Woman)
“What I’m dealing with now, this is about who you are as a human being,” Jenner said. “What did I do for the world in 1976, besides maybe getting a few people to exercise a little bit? I didn’t make a difference in the world.