Bruce Jenner's Mother Did Not See Son's Sex Change Coming

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Think you're surprised by the decision of Bruce Jenner to undergo a sex change.

Imagine how Bruce Jenner's mother feels!

Actually, you don't need to image: Esther Jenner just gave an interview to The Associated Press in which she discussed the topic on the minds of celebrity gossip fans everywhere.

“Of course it was a surprise to hear,” Esther said of her son revealing the news to her.

She then detailed just how he went about doing so.

“He said, ‘I want to be honest about my identity and I know this is coming out in the press,'" Esther explained. "He started by saying, `We need to have a long, serious talk.'"

She added that the news came as a "shock. It’s hard to wrap your mind around it.”

That was apparently the case for Kris Jenner as well, who did not respond very positively upon first being told (on camera, natch) about her former husband's gender transformation.

Esther said her son made a point to emphasize one key point: He's the same old Bruce Jenner.

“He said, ‘Mom, I’m still the same person.’ He said, ‘I’m still going to race cars, I’m still going to fly airplanes and I’m going to get my helicopter license."

Few other relatives of Jenner's have spoken out about the major life change to come, largely because they want him to control the story ... and partly because it will make for great ratings fodder on E!.

But Kim Kardashian is on record as supporting her step-father's "journey."

“I never thought I could be more proud of Bruce when he reached his [Olympic] goal in 1976, but I’m more proud of him now," Esther concluded. "It takes a lot of courage to do what he’s doing...

"I am at peace with what he is and what he’s doing."

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