The two, who separated in 2013 after 22 years of marriage, share daughters Kylie and Kendall

By Ally Mauch
April 13, 2021 04:40 PM
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Kris Jenner is opening up about her relationship with her ex, Caitlyn Jenner.

During a conversation with editor Kristina O'Neill for WSJ Magazine's The One, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star discussed her split from the former Olympian and where they're at now, more than five years after their divorce. Caitlyn, 71, publicly came out as transgender in 2015, two years after she and Kris, 65, announced their separation. They share daughters Kendall, 25, and Kylie, 23.

"I think it's very respectful," Kris said of their current relationship during the interview, which was presented with WSJ Magazine's partner, online luxury fashion retailer Mytheresa. "She's the father of two of my kids, and so that speaks volumes."

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Kris and Caitlyn Jenner
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Kris also reflected on navigating the split amid her ex's transition after a life spent battling gender dysphoria.

"I think one of the most interesting things that we all learned was that none of us had been through anything like that before in a million years," Kris said. "And we didn't know how to process that — and it was a process, it was a shock, and then it was a reality, and it was something that we had to absorb and try to wrap our heads around and learn about." 

She continued, "What I thought was interesting about that was, I'm sure many people who are fans of our show weren't expecting it either and were as confused at times and sad at times, happy at times, because there's so many different ways of looking at it."

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The stars went through a period of estrangement after Caitlyn's memoir was published in 2017. In The Secrets of My Life, Caitlyn alleged Kris knew more about her gender identity crisis than she says she did, and both Kris and her daughters have been open about the fact that the book created a rift in the family.

Speaking to O'Neill, Kris said it was hard to balance her own feelings about the divorce with being a parent to Kendall and Kylie. (She's also mom to Kim, Khloé, Kourtney and Rob Kardashian with her late ex-husband, Robert Kardashian Sr.)

"I think that going through it was just one day at a time, truly, I had no experience in anything like that before, so you're just trying to understand," she said. "And then I'm their mom, I'm the kids' mom, so trying to navigate that was hard because I wanted to be the best parent I could be and do the right thing and I didn't always know what that meant in that situation."