"We've been told that's completely fine," the reality star says of adjusting to Caitlyn's transition

By Tim Nudd
Updated July 31, 2015 09:30 AM
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In some ways it’s been difficult for the Kardashian sisters to adjust to Caitlyn Jenner‘s gender transition. And now, Khloé Kardashian admits they are holding on to the past a bit – by continuing to call Caitlyn “Bruce.”

“We don’t like to say that Bruce is gone, per se. We, my sisters and I, we will call Caitlyn ‘Bruce,’ and we’ve been told that’s completely fine,” the reality star, 31, told Australian TV show The Project on Thursday while promoting the Kardashian Kids clothing line.

“She has told us we are allowed to call her any name we want to. Because on the phone, when she calls me, it’s the same voice as Bruce. And if I’m not physically with her, it’s hard to remember in the moment that I’m talking to Caitlyn, if that makes sense.”

While GLAAD and other advocacy groups warn that it can be considered disrespectful to call transgender people by by their birth name instead of their chosen name, families often find their own comfort zones in private where names are concerned.

“There was a hard time for the entire family, that we were all transitioning with her, but in front of an audience,” Khloé said. “That’s not really the normal way to go about it.”

She added: “There is a lot of raw emotions, that it’s hard to do in front of a camera. For us, we were trying to be really open and raw with it, I think. We all got through it and that’s completely over, it’s all behind us now. So, we are just happy for her. We just want her to be happy. But there was definitely a moment that was really tough for all of us.”

Khloé clearly means no disrespect to Caitlyn, 65, by calling her Bruce in private. Indeed, she clarified that she is incredibly proud of her.

“It’s a beautiful thing that she’s transitioned,” she said, “and that she is strong enough to have her own voice and wanting to make such monumental, beautiful moves and be that crusader.”