Caitlyn Jenner says ex-wife Kris Jenner used her as a meal ticket and then emasculated her once she started making her own money as executive producer of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
Caitlyn said Kris “mistreated” and “controlled” her throughout their 23-year marriage. Anyone who has ever watched “KUWTK” has seen Kris totally disrespect the former Bruce in front of all their children and before the cameras.
“The first 15 years I felt she needed me more because I was the breadwinner,” Caitlyn told Vanity Fair in her cover interview.
“Then when [Keeping Up With the Kardashians] hit and she was running the whole show and getting credit for it and she had her own money, she didn’t need me as much from that standpoint. I think in a lot of ways she became less tolerant of me.”
What many people may not know is that when Bruce met Kris in 1990, she was in the middle of an ugly divorce from her ex-husband, the late Robert Kardashian.
Robert, the father of Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob Kardashian, was a high-powered Los Angeles attorney who was one of the members of the legal team that got O.J. Simpson acquitted for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson.
Robert and Kris were battling over custody and alimony payments. Robert was furious that Kris had cheated on him during their marriage and was also furious she wanted to divorce him, so he played hard ball with the financial settlement.
That’s when Bruce Jenner came in like a White Knight in shining armor and rescued Kris. Bruce approached Robert Kardashian and said Kris would waive alimony and he (Bruce) would financially support all four Kardashian children if Robert would agree to sign the divorce papers.
At that point, Robert finally relented, enabling Kris (who was then a housewife without a job) to get her divorce so she could marry Bruce.
Caitlyn, who divorced Kris in 2014, said other people, including his three sons, saw how badly Kris treated her during their marriage.
“A lot of times she wasn’t very nice,” Caitlyn continued. “People would see how I got mistreated. She controlled the money, all that kind of stuff.”
In several episodes of “KUWTK,” Kris butted heads with her stepson, Brody Jenner, who slammed her out for her shrewish behavior toward the former Bruce. Even Kris’ own daughters Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian berated Kris before the cameras for emasculating Bruce.
In response, Kris insisted Caitlyn’s ongoing gender identity issues made her unhappy and caused strain on their marriage.
“He was married to me and he wasn’t who he wanted to be so he was miserable,” said Kris. “All I was doing was working very hard for my family so that we could all have a wonderful future, and he was pissed off.”
Kris added: “At the end of my relationship with Bruce he definitely had a lot of social anxiety. That was one of the reasons we were in a struggle at the end.”
Kris said she was furious that Caitlyn went ahead full steam ahead with her sex change transition and is now disparaging her. “It was like the most passive-aggressive thing I think I ever experienced,” said Kris.
In response, Caitlyn denied her transgender issues was the cause of their marital problems. “Twenty percent was gender and 80 percent was the way I was treated,” said Jenner.