Caitlyn Jenner Is Allegedly Considering Transitioning Back, According To Author Of Kardashian Biography

An extensive biography detailing the Kardashian empire was recently released, and according to the author Ian Halperin, Caitlyn Jenner has been experiencing sex-change regret and may transition back into a man in coming years.

During the research for the recently-published Kardashian Dynasty: The Controversial Rise Of America’s Royal Family, Halperin said he interviewed multiple sources who claimed Jenner’s transition proved far more emotionally and mentally taxing than expected, and that Jenner was toying with the idea of transitioning back to being a man.

At this point, these reports are all hearsay given the fact that Jenner herself has neither publicly denied nor confirmed any of these statements. However, according to Halperin, a source close to Jenner said that while she has been glad to champion transgender issues and help bring this conversation into the mainstream, she is facing difficulties adjusting to the new public identity. Which honestly, who wouldn’t? That’s an enormous amount of pressure and scrutiny for anyone to deal with.

Halperin said:

“She’s thrilled she has raised awareness about how transgender people have long been discriminated against but I think there’s a chance she’ll de-transition in the next couple years. I don’t think it would surprise anybody in her inner circle. It has been much harder than she anticipated. My heart goes out to her and I know her true friends will be there to support her on whatever path she chooses.”

While these unconfirmed murmurs don’t bode well in the public spector of transphobia and large misunderstanding of the trans experience, it’s important to not let this possible process perpetuate false myths about transitioning. One of the most detrimental ones is the mainstream conflation of momentary regret or discomfort (which is a common condition) with transitioning as “being a mistake.” Having a hard time while doing a hard thing does not necessarily mean a case of buyer’s remorse. And that implication (barring the presence of confirmation from Jenner herself) does nothing but underscore the erroneous and offensive view that transgender people are simply going through transition as a means of “trying on” an identity, rather than going through all the hard work of transitioning in order to be the person they’ve always been.

It’s worth noting that in his research, Halperin also found out that when Kris Jenner was first made aware of Caitlyn’s desire to transition, she forced Caitlyn into “religious conversion therapy” and even went so far as to coax Caitlyn into attending church as a last ditch attempt to deter the transition. If not considered full-on emotional abuse, this definitely counts as heavy emotional manipulation and gas-lighting which could certainly contribute to feelings of discomfort amidst huge changes.

While there is no confirmation from Jenner either way, I hope that if she does in fact decide to transition back into a man, people who are willfully transphobic or just plain ignorant don’t use it as an attempt to discredit the reality and complexity of the trans experience.