In a new interview, Caitlyn Jenner says she appreciates the life she has now, following her transition from male to female. But she also acknowledged that she is worried over the prospect of jail for her as a transgender woman.
Opening up to Matt Lauer on NBC's "Today" Wednesday morning, in the first of a two-part interview concluding Thursday, Jenner, 65, said, "There's nothing more, nothing better in life, [than] to wake up in the morning, look at yourself in the mirror and feel comfortable with yourself and who you are."
Reflecting on the change from Bruce Jenner, who took the men's decathlon gold medal in the 1976 Summer Olympics, to a woman who has become a populist symbol for the transgender community, she said, "I think about my life -- and where I'm at in my life right now. What a tremendous experience this is. Hardly nobody gets to live two genders in their life."
She noted, "Everybody wonders, 'Oh, what's it like to be coming from the other side? You know, their thinking, the way they act, everything?' And here I have the opportunity to do that. And to be honest with you, everything's so new and fun. From that standpoint, it's been great."
Jenner said she remembers "very little" about the multicar traffic accident in Malibu in February that killed a 69-year-old woman. While police have said Jenner broke no traffic laws, they were nonetheless considering a misdemeanor manslaughter charge against her, which could lead to 1 year in county jail.
"I remember it happening. That's about it," Jenner said. "A tragedy like this, you'll never get over it. You just learn to live with it the best you possibly can."
A conviction, she said, would be "the worst-case scenario. I don't know. We'll see. The men's county jail. It is an enormous problem that they would put trans women in a men's county jail."