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Bruce Jenner makes debut as Caitlyn: 'I am free'

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Wearing gorgeous satin underwear and a content smile, Bruce Jenner has made his debut as Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. The cover star of the magazine's July issue admits in the new interview: "If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, 'You just blew your entire life.'"

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The new in-depth interview with the American magazine delves into the "tension and trauma" that surrounded Caitlyn and her family as she decided to transition, and in a behind-the-scenes video, Caitlyn discusses how much this cover means to her.

"The last few days of doing this shoot was about my life and who I am as a person. It's not about the fanfare, it's not about people cheering in the stadium, it's not about going down the street and everybody giving you a 'Thatta boy' pat on the back, okay?

"This is about your life."

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Caitlyn adds: "Bruce always had to tell a lie. He was always living that lie, every day, he always had a secret from morning to night. Caitlyn doesn't have any secrets.

"As soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I am free."

Caitlyn has also set up a new Twitter account, with her first tweet the picture of the cover, and a second reading: "I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can't wait for you to get to know her/me."

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In an hour, Caitlyn had also garnered over 240,000 new followers, and her hashtag #CallMeCaitlyn was trending.

Caitlyn's children have also been sharing their support across social media.

Kendall Jenner wrote: "now that's a cover", as she posted a clip from the Vanity Fair interview on Instagram, while Caitlyn's step-daughter Khloe Kardasian wrote: "We were given this life because you were strong enough to live it! I couldn't be prouder!!! Caitlyn, You are beautiful!!!"

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The former Olympic athlete and star of Keeping Up With The Kardashians confirmed that she was transitioning to a woman in April, admitting that she has "always" dreamed of being a woman in the highly anticipated tell-all interview with Diane Sawyer

Sixty-five-year-old Caitlyn stated: "I am a woman" and went on to describe that she has known her true identity from an early age, how her family reacted to the news and what her plans are for the future.

Caitlyn Jenner Is Finally “Free” on Vanity Fair’s Cover