Bruce Jenner’s highly anticipated two-hour interview with Diane Sawyer airs Friday night on ABC, when it’s believed the former Olympian will address the long-discussed rumors about his gender identity. In the lead up to the interview, Jenner has found support in celebrities like Elton John.
“It’s an incredibly brave thing to do, especially when you’re older,” the singer told Access Hollywood on Thursday. “I admire [Jenner] for doing it and I support [Jenner] 100 percent.”
Transgender punk rocker Laura Jane Grace from Against Me! also spoke out, telling People that Jenner could reach out to her anytime for advice. Other stars to show their support include:
Patricia Arquette: “You have to be so brave to live this truth of who you are. And if Mrs. Jenner is transitioning, I give all my support to her and love and appreciate everything she’s given to America. She’s fighting a fight for a lot of kids that are being kicked out of their own homes. Society turns their back on these kids and it’s really brutal.” [The Meredith Vieira Show]
Trans model Andreja Pejic: “All I can say is congratulations and best of luck. I think it’s pretty major.” [Access Hollywood]
Boy George: “I absolutely applaud what [Jenner’s] doing and I think it’s very brave. And it actually makes me quite emotional. [Jenner] has my 150 percent support in every way. I think that the whole transgender thing is the new frontier.” [People]
Jeffrey Tambor: “I think Jenner has a right to do what Jenner wants to do, and the way Jenner wants to do it. I don’t think we should say, ‘Oh, you have to come out this way, or you have to come out this way.’ It’s not fair. I wish Jenner happiness and an authentic life. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — that’s in the Constitution, damnit!” [The Hollywood Reporter]
Dr. Phil McGraw: “I’ve said long and loud it’s never too late to make a life change, and I’m personally cheering him on. I’m glad he’s decided to set himself free in order to live his life authentically. It’s his life and his body and his decision – more power to him.” [People]