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The 37-real-old race car driver opened up to Esquire about his relationship with his father

By Aurelie Corinthios
Updated October 05, 2016 06:19 PM
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Credit: Alexandra Wyman/AP; Inset: Vanity Fair

Caitlyn Jenner‘s oldest son Burt Jenner has passionately defended her throughout her transition, which the 37-year-old race car driver says he’s known about for over two decades.

“A lot of people don’t know that this is something that I’ve known now for, I think, 25 years,” Burt told Esquire of 66-year-old Caitlyn’s transition. “Before I was allowed to tell anybody, or before my dad even knew that I knew, I went and marched on behalf of Prop 8 through the streets of Los Angeles. I’ve always tried to be an outspoken supporter of the LGBT community.”

Burt recalled a time when he dressed as Lady Gaga for Halloween and worried people would wonder if he is transgender, too, before deciding he doesn’t “give a s—.”

“That’s my vote of confidence. I’m not [transgender] – but I don’t care if they go around saying it. That was what I was going for, to say, ‘Go ahead and call me that,’ ” he told the magazine. “It’s not something negative and that’s not something that I’m going to be defensive of or concerned about. It’s not a threat to me. If my dad can do it, then I can certainly sit here and have people call me transgender or wonder if I am. I don’t really care.”

Burt went on to say he felt relieved when Caitlyn (formerly known as Bruce) made her public debut in June.

“I was very excited,” he said. “Part of me was screaming to say, ‘Hey, I’ve known for 25 years and I’ve always been supportive!’ I always will be.”

Burt is Caitlyn’s first child with his first ex-wife Chrystie Scott, whom Caitlyn (at the time known as Bruce) was married to from 1972-81.

Though Burt admitted his relationship with his father was strained in the past, in the years leading up to Caitlyn’s transition the two have become much closer.

They raced Lamborghinis together, and then they competed in the Baja 1000 in November 2014, in which they flipped their truck twice and then crashed a third time before finally pulling out of the race.

The third crash occurred when Burt drove the car into a pond of sewage – which he said his father was certain was just water, while he knew it wasn’t.

“I tell people I’ve never had such an oddly conflicted moment in my entire life,” Burt said. “Here I am covered in s— and piss, so upset, and at the same time so happy because I’m right and my dad is wrong. I get to be like, ‘I told you so!’ When it’s your dad, for some reason, that matters so much. My dad just sat there quiet for the next, like, five minutes. Every once in awhile you’d hear some groaning and mumbling. ‘Oh Jesus!’ ”

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Burt maintained that cars have always been important to his dad, and “that will never go away, even after the transition.”

And according to Burt, who is now a professional competitive race car driver, he finally has his father’s approval.

“He finally does [respect me as a racer],” Burt said, before correcting himself. “I should practice saying she finally does. Far much more than she ever did when I was younger and trying to race.”