Bruce Jenner's speaks about suicide thoughts in tell-all interview
Bruce Jenner has spoken about how he contemplated suicide in an interview on American TV where he also confirmed he was undergoing gender realignment.
The 65-year-old former Olympian - who confirmed in a tell-all interview last night that he has undergone a gender transition to become a woman - admitted he considered what it would be like to end his life after he was hounded by paparazzi at an appointment about his tracheal shave operation.
He said: "I thought, 'It's like over.' Then I thought, 'Wouldn't the easiest thing to be right now -'
"And I could see where people get to that. Go into the room. Got a gun. Boom. You know? Pain is over. It's done. You know. Go to a better place."
Meanwhile, Bruce - who respectfully declined to reveal what his new name would be - says he knew from a young age that he wanted to be woman, although he didn't understand it at the time.
Speaking to ABC's Diane Sawyer on Bruce Jenner: The Interview, the 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' star added: "I marked the closet so that when I put it back I could put it all back in the exact same spot so I wouldn't get caught.
"At that time I didn't know why I was doing it. Besides that it just made me feel good."
Jenner also spoke of how the family reacted, and Kanye West was a big help.
He said: "They were talking about it and [Kanye] says to Kim, 'Look, I can be married to the most beautiful woman in the world, and I am. I can have the most beautiful little daughter in the world, and I have that. But I'm nothing if I can't be me. If I can't be true to myself, they don't mean anything.'
"Since then, Kimberly has been by far the most accepting, and the easiest to talk to about it."
Bruce decided to tell his son Brandon first about the gender transition.
Speaking to Sawyer, the 33-year-old actor said: "I saw a sense of bravery that, for all of your previous accomplishments, I think far exceeds all of them."
Since the interview has aired, Bruce's family has taken to social media to show their support for the star.
His former wife Kris Jenner wrote: "Not only was I able to call him my husband for 25 years and father of my children, I am now able to call him my hero. (sic)"
His daughter Kylie, 17, added: "Understandingly, this has been very hard for me. You will hear what I have to say when I'm ready to but this isn't about me. I'm so proud of you, Dad. You are so brave. My beautiful Hero. (sic)"
Whilst Kendall, 19, simply wrote: "I love you ... so very proud of you, my hero (sic)"
Bruce's stepdaughters Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian also shared their views, with the 36-year-old television personality writing: "Couldn't be a more proud daughter. With courage and bravery, let's change the world. I am honored to stand by Bruce's side and support him. (sic)"
Whilst the youngest of the Kardashian sisters said, "Worlds Greatest Athlete (sic), before retweeting a message from Lady Gaga which said, "BruceJennerABC Now that is bravery. (sic)"