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“It’s hard for me to really believe it’s happening,” admitted Kris, 59, on the "raw" E! special Keeping Up with the Kardashians: About Bruce. “I’m trying so hard to process my pain. It’s a struggle.”
Complicating matters further is the fact that Kris is Bruce’s ex-wife. “There was a certain sense of, ‘What right does she have to be upset [about Bruce’s transition]?’ ” says a Kris source. “It was awkward for her.”
And then there is the lingering question of just how much she knew about Bruce’s desire to become a woman.
While she admitted in the E! special that she knew Bruce, 65, had an interest in cross-dressing, she said she “never saw this coming,” adding that her husband downplayed hormone treatments during their marriage: “Part of the problem is [he] never explained!”
Behind the cameras, Kris “always dismissed and laughed off questions about Bruce’s more feminine appearance,” a KUWTK production source tells PEOPLE. “Kris was always the one to talk about how manly Bruce is. Even after Bruce was spotted with pink nail polish, Kris laughed it off.”
But in recent weeks, sources say Kris has become “more accepting” of the situation. She’s turned to her daughters for support and has been relying on Corey Gamble, her boyfriend of seven months.
“He makes her feel good about herself and her life,” says the source about Gamble, 34.
Her relationship with Bruce, which was on the rocks following their separation, is also on the mend. He’s been spotted several times at her house, and during the E! special she told him, “You were a great dad, a great friend and great partner. I just want you to be happy.”
• Reporting by JENNIFER GARCIA and PERNILLA CEDENHEIM
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