Candis Cayne: NOT Dating Caitlyn Jenner ... Just Inspiring Her!

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Candis Cayne, Caitlyn Jenner's close friend and date to the ESPY Awards, is a key figure in her life, but the two are not a romantic item.

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Caitlyn Jenner in Leopard Print

Despite a false report from Star magazine that claimed they were a couple, a source close to Cayne tells Us: “It is so ridiculous."

"What, is Candis suddenly a lesbian now? Candis is currently single but is only interested in men, and Caitlyn is a woman.”

A source close to the Olympian, who was honored last night - see Caitlyn Jenner ESPY speech - also confirms they are not dating.

Cayne has been a mentor of sorts, however, to the 65-year-old Jenner through her very public transition from Bruce to Caitlyn.

One of the first transgender stars in Hollywood, the former drag queen was born Brendan McDaniel and transitioned in the mid-‘90s.

Brendan performed in drag shows as “Candis Cayne” before officially transitioning and adopting the moniker as her new name.

She was known for her performances in Wigstock, a drag festival in Manhattan, and in RuPaul’s “A Little Bit of Love” music video.

Cayne will be appearing on Jenner’s new docu-series, I Am Cait; she has been spotted filming with Jenner in NYC and L.A.

In 2007, Cayne became the first transgender actress to play a recurring transgender character on TV on ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money. O

She has since been on CSI: NY, Nip/Tuck, Drop Dead Diva, Necessary Roughness, and most recently on CBS’ Elementary.

What's great is that Jenner's public, acclaimed transition helps shine the spotlight on those who have come before her as well.

Watch Caitlyn's speech above and see what kind of response she got from Kardashian and Jenner family members and others:

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