Caitlyn Jenner is blaming Ellen DeGeneres for ‘alienating’ her from the LGBTQ community.
In her new memoir The Secrets of My Life, the 67-year-old blasts the talk show host for taking her previously conservative views on gay marriage ‘out of context’.
In 2015, shortly after coming out as transgender, Caitlyn appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and spoke about how she still wasn’t really on board with the idea of gay marriage.
In excerpts from the soon-to-be-released memoir, obtained by Radar Online, the former Olympian explains that Ellen asked in a ‘friendly voice to discuss how her views on marriage equality have progressed over the years.’
Caitlyn wrote: 'I believed, as anyone would, that that was exactly what she wanted to talk about my progression in terms of changing attitude over the years.
'I am for it. I did not initially understand why marriage was so important, influenced no doubt by my own personal experience. Now I do, and it's a wonderful thing to see,’ wrote Caitlyn.
However, the I Am Cait star - who has six children and has been married three times - appeared to upset Ellen when she called herself a 'traditionalist' who never used to approve of same-sex marriage.
“I have to admit that I remember 15 years ago, 20 years ago, whenever it was that the whole gay marriage issue came up, I was not for it. I am a traditionalist. I mean, I'm older than most people in the audience. I like tradition and it's always been between a man and a woman and I'm thinking I don't quite get it,” Caitlyn said.
But she writes in her book that she was hurt by Ellen’s probing on the matter.
'This discussion further alienated me from members of the LGBTQ community. Ellen's appearance on The Howard Stern Show, where in my mind she even more emphatically took what I said out of context, made it go viral.'
When Ellen then accused her of being 'still a little not on board' with the idea, Caitlyn replied: 'No I'm on board. It's going to be pretty much the law of the land. So I still feel like yeah, I'm OK with it. I don't want to stand in front of somebody's happiness.'
DeGeneres later discussesd Caitlyn's comments in a radio interview.
'She still has a judgment about gay marriage,' DeGeneres told Howard Stern.
'I said, 'You're wanting people to understand and accept you, this is like really confusing to people. And you want us to understand, and that you still have a judgment about gay people and marriage.'