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Updated: August 10, 2016

Caitlyn Jenner expressed trans feelings back in 1985, ex-wife says

By Melissa Prax

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Caitlyn Jenner -- formerly known as Bruce -- only let the world know she wanted to be Caitlyn last year, but she may have been hiding that desire for decades. 

Jenner reportedly told her second ex-wife, Linda Thompson, in the 1980s, "I am a woman trapped in a man's body." 

That's according to Thompson's new memoir "A Little Thing Called Life," of which People published an excerpt

"As we tried to work through our feelings," Thompson wrote in her memoir, "Bruce told me he was considering traveling out of the country, possibly to Denmark, to try to have the gender reassignment surgery anonymously and then come back as a female." 

The memoir details the love life of Thompson, who also was romantically involved with Elvis Presley in her 20s. 

Thompson said Jenner also told her, "I have lived in the wrong body my whole life. It is a living hell, and I really would like to move forward with the process of becoming a woman." 

Jenner has said she started taking hormones during the '80s, before she met her third wife, Kris Jenner. 

But in several interviews following Caitlyn Jenner's transition, there seemed to be some confusion about exactly what she had told Kris Jenner in the past. 

And some of the Kardashian-Jenner family members have since said they knew about Jenner's desire to transition before she said anything. 

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Kendall Jenner told Women's Wear Daily, "I've known since I was a kid. He never confirmed it to me, but I've known for a very long time. It's the same person."

Kim Kardashian also said she knew after she came home one time to see Jenner wearing heels, makeup and a wig. 

Jenner told Vanity Fair  right after her transition, "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, You never dealt with yourself,' and I don’t want that to happen.”

Thompson's memoir is expected to hit store shelves on Aug. 23.

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