ABC News(NEW YORK) — Bruce Jenner was once hailed as the greatest athlete in the world and later became a reality television star with one of the world’s most famous families.

Now, the former Olympian is revealing a secret that has caused him turmoil for decades.

“For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman,” Jenner told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview that aired Friday in a special two-hour edition of ABC News’ 20/20.

“People look at me differently. They see you as this macho male, but my heart and my soul and everything that I do in life — it is part of me,” Jenner, 65, said. “That female side is part of me. That’s who I am.”

In hours of interviews with Sawyer in New York and California, Jenner detailed his internal struggles with being transgender, which he said he has wrestled with since childhood.

During the interview, Jenner referred to himself using male pronouns and ABC News has chosen to follow his lead, though he also referred to himself as “Bruce” and “her.”

“I look at it this way—Bruce always telling a lie. He’s lived a lie his whole life about who he is. And I can’t do that any longer,” Jenner said.

“My brain is much more female than it is male,” he added. “It’s hard for people to understand that, but that’s what my soul is.”

In the late 1950s, during the Eisenhower era, Jenner said he was about 8 or 9 years old when he did something new: put on a dress from his mother’s or sisters’ closet when she was out of the house.

“I marked the closet so when I put it back I could put it all back, everything back in the exact same spot so I wouldn’t get caught,” Jenner said. “And, at the time, I didn’t know why I was doing it besides it just made me feel good.”

Cross dressing became a part of Jenner’s adult life as well. He described trips on the road during his time as a motivational speaker where the anonymity of a hotel room provided an ideal venue for trying to express what he felt within.

“I’d literally go up into the hotel room, change [into women’s] clothes, and walk around,” Jenner said.

For decades, Jenner’s ex-wives and sister kept the secret of his gender identity struggle as the only people who knew. The circle expanded recently when Jenner told his mother and his 10 children. Jenner has six biological children – Burt, Cassandra, Brandon, Brody, Kendall and Kylie — and four step children — Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Rob Kardashian.

“They all cried. Mainly because they didn’t want anybody to hurt dad,” Jenner said. “They are very protective of me.”

Bruce Jenner’s third child Brandon Jenner told Sawyer during the interview with 20/20 that he used to beam with pride when a stranger asked if his dad was the hero champion of the Olympics.

And now?

“I’m just honored and more proud than ever to be a part of the family,” Brandon said.

Bruce Jenner has told his children they can still call him “dad,” but Jenner is not yet sharing the female name he has chosen for himself, joking that the only decision that has been made is that it won’t start with “K.”

“She’s definitely a Jenner,” the Olympian joked.

Jenner says he has undergone cosmetic facial surgeries over the years and took the female hormone estrogen for five years in the late 1980s.

Jenner has been back on hormones for the past year and a half.

At this point, Jenner is unsure of what the future holds in terms of other surgeries.

“As of now, I have all the male parts and all that kind of stuff, so in a lot of ways we’re different, okay?” Jenner said to Sawyer during the interview. “But we still identify as female. And that’s very hard for Bruce Jenner to say. Because why? I don’t want to disappoint people.”

Jenner said he spoke with Laverne Cox of Orange is the New Black fame, and said that he admires her advocacy work and she has given him advice about his public transition.

“I would like to work with this community to get this message out,” Jenner said. “They know a lot more than I know … I am not a spokesman for the community.”

Experts and Jenner explain that there is a difference between gender identity and sexuality, and the thrice-married Jenner revealed that he has only been attracted to women. Jenner said that each wife, including reality TV star and Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner, knew about some aspects of his struggle.

ABC News reached out to Kris Jenner for this report, but she declined to comment.

In a statement to ABC News, Jenner’s first wife, Chrystie Scott said, “Someone who has lived 65 years of his life as the wrong gender has every right to live the last quarter of his life as his authentic self. I support him and so hope the world can too. I pray for his happiness for the rest of his journey.”

Linda Thompson, Jenner’s second wife, told ABC News in a statement, “Bruce has always had my loyalty, even if he wasn’t aware of it. I support his courage and commitment to this new chapter of his life. My hope is that his transition will inspire others who struggle with their identities, and my prayer is that humanity has evolved and been educated enough to exercise kindness toward those we may perceive as ‘different.'”

The big focus for Jenner now is the path forward, while also hoping to do some good by raising awareness in the process.

“We’re going to make a difference in the world with what we’re doing,” he said. “And if the whole Kardashian show and reality television gave me that foothold into that world—to be able to go out there and really do something good, I’m all for it. I got no problem with that.”

There are an estimated 700,000 transgender people in the U.S. living in a society filled with discrimination, misunderstanding, suicide and danger, according to the Williams Institute at the University of California-Los Angeles.

“I just can’t pull the curtain any longer,” Jenner said. “I’ve built a nice little life, I just can’t—again, Bruce lives a lie. She is not a lie. I just can’t do it anymore.”

“If I die, which, I could be diagnosed next week with cancer — and boom you’re gone,” Jenner said. “I would be so mad at myself that I didn’t explore that side of me. You know? And I don’t want that to happen.”

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TLC(NEW YORK) — Melissa Etheridge recently uncovered some scandalous truths about her family’s distant past.

On Sunday’s season finale of TLC’s genealogy series, Who Do You Think You Are? the singer discovers that an ancestor in French Canada seduced and impregnated a woman, a scandal that resulted in a trial.

“I was shocked, yes, and delighted, too,” she told Billboard. “I didn’t take anything personally — although when you start realizing there were these people in the 1600s going to court to clear their daughter’s name, and, of course, it’s so salacious and about sexuality, I’m like, ‘Duh — welcome to my line of making our sexuality public,’ and that sort of makes me laugh at those parallels.”

Etheridge, 53, told the magazine she agreed to be on the show partly because her wife, Linda Wallem, is friends with one of the executive producers, but also because she wanted to fill some gaps in her ancestral history.

“I knew stories from my mother’s family,” she said, “but with my father I didn’t know anything past his parents, so it was a delight to all of a sudden open a door to all these stories and be like, ‘Oh, that’s where my father came from?'”

She acknowledged that the newfound branches in her family tree might spark some song ideas one day, but, first, she has a busy summer of touring ahead.

“I actually haven’t sat down to write much now,” she says. “I’m more in the touring mode. It hasn’t inspired me yet, but once I do sit down to write again, maybe I’ll go there.”

On June 9, Melissa will release A Little Bit of Me: Live in L.A. on CD, DVD and Blu-ray, and the next day she’ll kick off a solo summer tour. A mixture of solo dates and co-headlining shows with Blondie will take her through the end of summer.

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Heather Wines/CBS(NEW YORK) — Happy birthday, Kelly Clarkson!

The original American Idol turned 33 on Friday — but only her husband, Brandon Blackstock, knows how she’ll be celebrating.

Asked by a fan on Twitter how she’ll mark her special day, Clarkson tweeted, “Brandon is surprising me with birthday getaway so we will see :).”

Clarkson married Blackstock in 2013. Their daughter, River, was born last year.

Luckily for the singer, her husband is a man prone to romantic gestures. Last July, he gave her a 10-acre field of sunflowers, her favorite blossom. On her birthday two years ago, he gave her a bouquet of sunflowers and a red velvet cake that he made for her himself.

However, Clarkson has more than just her birthday surprise to look forward to. She also revealed on Twitter that the video for her next single, the Sia-penned “Invincible,” is “coming soon,” writing, “we are about to shoot [it].”

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Brotherly Love/Jamal Hill(NEW YORK) — Keke Palmer, Cory Hardrict and newcomer Eric Hill Jr. all star in Brotherly Love, a film set at Philadelphia’s Overbrook High School, famous for its star graduates such as Wilt Chamberlain and Will Smith.

While Palmer portrays Jackie Taylor, who has ambitions of a music career before getting distracted by love, Hill plays her twin brother Sergio, a high school basketball star who struggles to deal with early fame. Hardrict portrays their older brother, June, who had to forfeit his own basketball dreams after the death of their father.

Hardrict tells ABC Radio he’s “the patriarch of the family,” who has to “step in them shoes to provide and take care of them by any means necessary.”

Hill adds, “Sergio and June have a plan. And the plan is that Sergio, being the number one player in the league as a result of the disciplinary practices that June has instilled in Sergio, the goal is to get to the NBA and you know, as June says, leave these streets where they belong in the wind. And in order to do so Sergio has to stay out of trouble and stay in school. But in that environment, it’s very difficult to stay on task.”

That environment is the streets of inner-city Philadelphia. It’s why the film had to be shot on location “in the hood,” Hill says.

“The house adjacent to the home that we used as the Taylor home had bullet holes still in it from a shoot out that had occurred about a week ago,” he adds.

It’s the underbelly of Philly where Hardrict’s character gets caught up as he tries to keep the family afloat financially.

“The dark side of my character comes from a place, I believe, of survival and necessity. It’s not like he’s a dark person, but it’s just like in the real world you got some guys, who the dark side comes out when they have to do things for their family or take care of guys in the community, but they have a loving heart,” he explains. “Sometimes in the inner cities you don’t have that many options to put food on the table, and you have to do it.”

Brotherly Love, also starring Macy Gray, Malik Yoba and Romeo Miller, hits theaters in limited release Friday.

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ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) — On Thursday night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes did something fans never thought she would go through with.

WARNING: Spoilers ahead!

The creator of the hit ABC show killed off Dr. Derek Shepherd, aka “McDreamy,” played by Patrick Dempsey.

After “McDreamy” stopped to help people injured in a crash, his own car was blindsided, and he later died at the hospital after his injuries were not properly diagnosed.

He spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the show that made him a star and whether he saw this coming.

“It really was something that was kind of surprising that unfolded, and it just naturally came to be. Which was pretty good. I like the way it has all played out,” he said. “Things happened very quickly, where we were like, ‘Oh this is where it’s going to go.’ It just sort of unfolded in a very organic way. I don’t remember the date … Maybe February or March.”

He added, “Shepherd is a beloved character. People don’t want to lose him … But it goes on, and it will evolve.”

Dempsey added that he wasn’t all that surprised and thought it was the “right time.”

Did he cry after more than a decade on the show? “No. I’m still processing it. This is part of the mourning process, the post-Grey’s experience,” he said, adding that he didn’t grab anything from the set.

The 49-year-old actor said it was “wild” the way the show changed his life.

“You go from trying to get in a room to audition for something to suddenly everybody in the world knowing you, no matter where you go. And it happened within a 30-day period. I’m glad I had the experience to handle it, because it’s very heady,” he added.

He even teared up a bit when talking about his wife on the show, Ellen Pompeo.

“It’s 10 years, and it was magic from the beginning,” he said. “Chemistry right away.”

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Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Mo’Nique caused a flurry of headlines earlier this year, when she accused Empire creator Lee Daniels of telling her she had been blackballed by Hollywood after winning an Academy Award for her role in Precious in 2010.

Daniels, who directed Precious, didn’t seem to deny that he said that to the comedienne and even said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, “Her demands through Precious were not always in line with the campaign. This soured her relationship with the Hollywood community.”

After the back and forth, Mo’Nique tells ABC Radio she doesn’t regret speaking out against Daniels. “How could you ever be regretful of the truth? So I have no regrets,” she adds.

Mo’Nique also says she hasn’t heard from Daniels since he offered her the role of Cookie on his new hit show, Fox’s Empire. “We’ve actually reached out to him. We’ve sent him an email, tried to reach out to him, but he has not reached out,” she admits.

Mo’Nique ended up losing the part to Taraji P. Henson, but now she’s out with her own film in which she stars and executive produces. Blackbird is centered on a boy struggling with his sexuality.

The Oscar winner says it’s a “necessary” film. “And it’s one of those type of movies that we truly believe when you walk away from it your heart is a little different, your mind is a little different, and you get to a place of acceptance,” she adds.

Mo’Nique portrays the boy’s mother. “Claire is a woman who is based in her faith and she believes everything that’s in that Bible so much so that once she finds out that her son is a homosexual she’s having a hard time loving him through his journey of life,” she explains. “She thinks and believes that he is condemned to hell and that he’s put a curse on that family. What I really love about Claire Rousseau is she’s honest, and she makes no apologies for what she believes in.”

Unlike her character, Mo’Nique doesn’t identify herself as a Christian. Still, she says she can relate to the film. “You know when people ask me about what religion am I? I’m just love,” she explains. “So that way in just being love, I can love everyone with no judgment.”

Mo’Nique co-stars opposite newcomer Julian Walker, who plays the struggling boy. “That young man is fearless and he’s courageous and he’s brave. Because when [director] Patrik-Ian Polk went to Hollywood, everyone was afraid of [the role],” she explains. “So for this young man to have never done it before, and take on such a challenging role, and do it with no fear, is something that we need to pay attention to and to applaud.”

Blackbird, also starring Isaiah Washington, is out in limited release Friday.

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Universal(LOS ANGELES) — Furious 7 and Fifty Shades of Grey are two of the highest-grossing movies of the year so far, so it’s no surprise that Universal Pictures has scheduled sequels for both.

The eighth installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise will open April 14, 2017, Universal announced Thursday. Vin Diesel is expected to return to the series, which will carry on without his late co-star Paul Walker.

Universal also revealed that the second film in the Fifty Shades trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker, will debut Feb. 10, 2017. It will be followed by Fifty Shades Freed on Feb. 9, 2018.

Fifty Shades of Grey
stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan reportedly are negotiating higher salaries. Their director for the first film, Sam Taylor-Johnson, announced last month she will not be back.

Fifty Shades
author E.L. James’ husband, Niall Leonard, will write Fifty Shades Darker.

Furious 7
is the highest-grossing film of 2015 to date, having earned $300 million and counting at the domestic box office. Fifty Shades of Grey ranks third, with $166 million.

Among the other new Universal dates announced Thursday: Warcraft debuts June 10, 2016; The Mummy bows March 24, 2017; and Pacific Rim 2 drops Aug. 4, 2017.

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ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — The Full House spin-off announced by Netflix earlier this week seemingly has a similar premise to that of the original series: a widow raising children with the help of a relative and a friend. However, Candace Cameron Bure maintains that Fuller House won’t be a carbon copy of her popular 1987-1995 sitcom.

Cameron Bure is reprising her role of D.J., now a recently widowed mother of two, with another child on the way. She tells ABC Radio, “We’re definitely not trying to recreate the exact same tone of the show because it is a different world today. All of the situations that we go through with the adults, with the kids, will be current. We’re not gonna try to pretend we’re back in the ’80s.”

Fuller House
has received a lot of attention on social media and elsewhere since Netflix’s announcement on Monday night. Cameron Bure says she’s not surprised because the original show had such a strong fan base. She says, “The show’s never been off the air in more than 25 years and, I mean, that’s a testament to how well-received this show is, how beloved the show is.”

Cameron Bure adds that fans have been clamoring for a Full House update: “We’ve been hearing it for years, hoping that they would do a new version or a reunion show.”

Cameron Bure will be joined in Fuller House by original cast members Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber, with guest appearances by John Stamos. Netflix said discussions are ongoing with Bob Saget, Dave Coulier and Lori Loughlin.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen told Women’s Wear Daily they were unaware of the project until it was announced.

Fuller House
will premiere on Netflix in 2016.

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Michael Kovac/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Sawyer Sweeten, who played one of Ray Romano’s three children on the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, has died of a suspected suicide at the age of 19, his manager tells The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor is believed to have shot himself outside his family’s home in Texas on Thursday. Sweeten played Geoffrey Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond, while his twin brother Sullivan played Michael Barone and their sister Madylin played Ray’s daughter, Ally Barone.

Patricia Heaton who played Geoffrey Barone’s mom on the series tweeted, “Sawyer Sweeten was a funny and exceptionally bright young man. He is gone from us far too soon.” She also tweeted, “The entire cast of #EverybodyLovesRaymond is in shock. Prayers for the Sweeten family.”

Romano spoke about Sweeten’s passing Thursday. He was quoted by Entertainment Tonight as saying, “I’m shocked, and terribly saddened, by the news about Sawyer. He was a wonderful and sweet kid to be around. Just a great energy whenever he was there. My heart breaks for him, his family, and his friends during this very difficult time.”

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“Little Boy” – Open Road Films(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

The Age of Adaline
— Blake Lively stars as a woman who has remained 29 years old for almost eight decades following an accident. She falls for a philanthropist, played by Game of Thrones actor Michiel Huisman. Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker and Ellen Burstyn also star. Rated PG-13.

Little Boy — Set in the 1940s, the film follows a little boy who tries to bring his father back home from World War Two. Jakob Salvati, Emily Watson, Michael Rapaport, David Henrie and Tom Wilkinson star. Rated PG-13.

And expanding nationwide:

Ex Machina — A programmer wins a competition to spend a week at the estate of his company’s CEO, where he becomes involved in an artificial intelligence experiment. Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander star. Rated R.

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