Olympian Caitlyn Jenner has gained worldwide recognition for being a member of one of the world's most-talked-about families, the Kardashians, but in recent years, spends much of her time with her business partner Sophia Hutchins.
But who is Sophia? And how did she and Caitlyn meet? We investigated…
Who is Caitlyn Jenner's close friend Sophia Hutchins?
Sophia Hutchins is a 27-year-old business owner and former Pepperdine University student, graduating with a degree in economics and finance in 2018. She is the CEO of LUMASOL, an odourless SPF sunscreen mist that can be applied after makeup. Sophia is also a transgender woman and often speaks publicly about her experiences as a member of the trans community.
She also worked as the CEO of the Caitlyn Jenner Foundation, which seeks to "promote equality and combat discrimination by providing grants to organizations that empower and improve the lives of transgender people".
Are Caitlyn Jenner and Sophia Hutchins dating?
The pair first met in 2015 and that same year Sophia appeared in numerous episodes of I Am Cait, a series that aired on E! about Caitlyn's life post-transition.
However, although they have been pictured out hand in hand and also live together in 73-year-old Caitlyn's stunning Malibu home, Sophia has clarified that they are not, and never were, romantically involved.
Speaking to the New York Times in 2019, she said: "We were never romantically involved. I don't feel a need to address my sex life, quite frankly, unless I want to."
Also addressing their relationship on The Hidden Truth Show podcast that year, Sophia spoke frankly about their bond, explaining: "I wouldn't describe it as romantic. I would describe it as we're partners, business partners – I'm the executive director of her foundation."
The star continued: "We have so much in common and see the world so similarly, and are both such a good match for each other because we challenge each other. We’re partners in everything we do, we're inseparable, we're business partners, we live together, we share a dog, we share family, we share a life together."
How did Caitlyn Jenner and Sophia Hutchins meet?
Caitlyn and Sophia were introduced in 2015 by their hairdresser. Speaking again on The Hidden Truth Show podcast, Sophia explained: "She [their hairdresser] introduced us, we kicked it off and developed a shared relationship."
Caitlyn Jenner and Sophia Hutchins' Christmas
Over 2020's Christmas period, Caitlyn shared a series of festive snaps of the pair, revealing that they had spent the holiday together.
Sophia Hutchins and Kris Jenner
Speaking in November 2020 on a podcast called Behind the Velvet Rope, Sophia revealed that she speaks to Kris Jenner "all the time".
She revealed: "It's not like we're like girlfriends having drinks all the time, but you know, if there's ever a concern or ever a question or anything I have needed help with Kris would be the first phone call."
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