"We bond a lot more," Kylie Jenner says about Caitlyn Jenner on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Of Caitlyn’s transition, Kylie admits she kept her emotions “bottled in” at first.
“I don’t bottle in a lot of things and I feel like my family was a little upset about that, but I got through it and now I almost I like it a lot better, honestly,” Kylie says. “I like [Caitlyn] better than Bruce.”
Kylie, 18, explains that they can now “bond a lot more” over “makeup and clothes” but adds that they grew closer because there is also no longer “a huge secret in the family.”
“I feel like there was always this big secret – and I’ve honestly known about it for a really long time and we actually caught him then dressing up as a girl, when my sister [Kendall Jenner] and I were like 6 and 7 maybe,” she says. “So we’ve known for a while that there was something, but it was never talked about.”
The reality star says she’s proud of her father for “living her true authentic self” and wants her show of support to be an example for her fans.
“I think that’s so awesome and I think that other girls and boys my age will maybe see that I’m so accepting and be accepting of other people, too,” she says.
“She’s the same exact person, she just looks different I guess,” Kylie adds.
Kylie also opens up about how she’s been bullied from a young age – something she’s been increasingly vocal about.
“The more people love you, the more there’s going to be people that hate you,” Kylie says, adding that her own experience led her to launch an Instagram anti-bullying campaign, “I Am More Than,” in which she showcases different stories about bullying from across the world and opens up about her own struggles.
“I’ve been bullied my whole life, whether it was about my peers or comments on Instagram or Twitter, whatever. And I never talked about my story really, I feel like I’ve kind of accepted it because I realized that just comes with the territory,” Kylie says. “So I kind of was online and just finding other girls and boys my age who have been bullied and have kind of overcome it and just done something amazing with it who inspire me, so I kind of wanted them to just use my platform and post their stories on Instagram to hopefully inspire my followers too because they inspire me so much.”
In October, she and Caitlyn rocked bright blue lipstick in honor of world bullying prevention.
Tune in to Ellen Monday to catch Jenner’s full interview (check local listings).