Rupert Everett backtracks on Caitlyn Jenner comments
Rupert Everett insists he "adores" Caitlyn Jenner.
The 57-year-old actor faced a barrage of criticism following an interview he gave to The Sunday Times magazine earlier this month (Jun16), when he declared that Caitlyn, who transitioned from Bruce in 2015, was not a woman but a "cross-dressing man".
In an interview on British television show Loose Women on Wednesday (29Jun16), Rupert claimed that his remarks had been "skewered" by the interviewer Camilla Long, adding: "The fact is that I adore Caitlyn Jenner, I adore the Kardashians, frankly."
Rupert continued to tell the female panel that he considers Bruce's transition into Caitlyn "the great American story".
"There's no novel in America that will ever reach up to it," he continued. "Because she's held a mirror up to the whole of America in her story. The first thing I loved about it and found very touching was that she made the journey on her own. Most guys becoming women they normally get in with a crowd and that crowd tells them, 'Oh you do this, do that'.
The Musketeers actor explained how much he admired Caitlyn for coming to her decision to transition, alone, before he even had the support of the transgender community.
"For 15 years before (his transition announcement) he had been completely isolated. All he had before was when the house was empty, he could whip into Kim's dressing room and try on a few dresses, but he had to be secret. He grew all alone."
Caitlyn documented the months following her transition in E! reality series I Am Cait, of which Rupert claims to be an avid fan. And it was her journey to San Francisco, where Caitlyn was moved to tears by many stories of those who had struggled with their gender identity, that touched him the most.
"What I was saying in the interview (with The Sunday Times magazine) was that what was so amazing, considering it all happened in a bubble, that when Caitlyn started and he went on this amazing, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert journey across America, which was incredibly moving I found, he arrived in San Francisco to discover the transgender community had a much rougher time than he had," Rupert added. "Because he said in a preceding episode, 'Oh it's so great, I dress up, I'm having hair and make-up', and he didn't realise what it was actually all about - the harsh reality of growing up or being in the transgender community."
- Cover Media