Momager Kris Jenner has opened up about her 23-year marriage to Bruce Jenner, admitting that she was forced to rebuild the Olympian’s career in order for their family to survive.
Speaking with transgender rights activist Janet Mock on the Never Before podcast, the mother-of-six revealed how she “fell in love 150 percent” with the athlete, now known as Caitlyn, despite his dire financial situation.
“When I met and married Bruce Jenner, I became his manager instantly because he didn’t have a lot going on,” she said.
“I saw this incredible potential, and he wasn’t doing anything. Nobody was booking him for speeches. Nobody was sending him out on the road. I thought, Wow. You should be this incredible public speaker. I just figured it out to that point.”
At the time, the 61-year-old was also struggling for money, after just having gone through a divorce with high-profile lawyer Robert Kardashian Sr.
“I told my assistant, Lisa, ‘OK listen. We have the greatest guy here. He really knows his craft. He is really good at what he does, but he doesn’t have anybody doing anything for him. He doesn’t have a lot going on. He has $200 in the bank. What are we going to do? Because the kids have to eat. We have to get it together.’”
She continued: “I’ve always looked at things like, ‘We’re just going to figure this out.’ I don’t stop and think about, ‘What’s the plan here? I just went for it.”
The reality TV star recalled how she set to work making press kits to mail to “every speakers’ bureau in the United States.”
“Little by little, we started booking these speeches for Visa; Coca-Cola started booking him,” she said.
“I remember sitting with Doug Ivester, the head of Coca-Cola, at the Olympics and thinking, ‘Wow, we’ve really come a long way.”
These days, the Kardashian/Jenner clan is arguably one of the most famous families in show business.
This article originally appeared on New Idea