The Truth About Caitlyn Jenner's Children

Kylie and Kendall. These are the names we immediately think of when the subject of Caitlyn Jenner's children arises. Well, that and her many Kardashian stepchildren. They may be one big blended family, but the Karjenner dynasty is less "Brady Bunch," and more, well, "Dynasty." For 20 seasons, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" gave viewers innumerable car crash-tastic moments, from Kourtney delivering her own baby in Season 4 to momager Kris graphically discussing her sex life in front of her daughters in Season 18. Among all this chaos, however, Caitlyn was more often than not a bystander watching in bemusement, or she was giving solid parental advice amid the increasingly ludicrous drama, save for her on-screen divorce from Kris in Season 10.

Jenner has reflected on the role with good humor and pathos. "Everybody in my family has a different personality that is incorporated into the show. I am the well-meaning but confused and helpless father and husband," she wrote in her book "The Secrets of My Life." "I get love but very little respect. I'm fine with that, because it is largely accurate."

But the truth is, Jenner had a life long before meeting the erstwhile Kris Kardashian and enjoying a career resurgence thanks to the binge-worthy reality TV series. In addition to being step-parent to the four Kardashian kids, Jenner has a whopping six biological children. 

The first-born Jenner children are elusive, with reports claiming that she favors her younger offspring. Here's the truth about Caitlyn Jenner's children.

Racing driver Burt Jenner is Caitlyn's first-born child

Born in 1978, Burt Jenner is Caitlyn Jenner's first child from her marriage to actor Chrystie Scott, as per Sports Illustrated. The eldest Jenner offspring generally likes to keep things low-key. According to The Sun, he is a professional truck and race car driver and also owns several businesses, including a doggie daycare. While the latter may sound like an absurd narrative from "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," Burt is adamant that he has never watched the show. "I don't watch it. It's just not part of my life," he told Australia's "Today" (archived by ET).

Esquire notes that it was Caitlyn who first ignited Burt's love of racing when taking him go-karting at the age of seven. Burt became a parent himself when his partner, Valerie Pitalo, gave birth to their son Bodhi Burton in 2016, per Us Magazine. Evidently, the alliterative naming tradition runs in the Karjenner family.

But despite having superstar Caitlyn Jenner as a parent, Burt's made it clear that he had to pay his own way through life. "My dad's never helped me out [financially] in my life," he told Esquire in 2015. "I made it this far... Nobody's going to call me a daddy's kid." 

Burt and Caitlyn have grown closer in recent years. "...she is a better person," Burt told Australia's "Today." "Honesty is always the building block for any relationship, and at least we have that now."

Cassandra Marino is Caitlyn Jenner's first daughter

Caitlyn Jenner's second child from her marriage to Chrystie Scott, Cassandra "Casey" Marino was born in 1980 and is Jenner's first daughter. Unlike her siblings, Marino is an incredibly private person and probably the quietest of all Jenner's kids. As per The Sun, she is married to Michael Marino, and they have three children.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, Caitlyn Jenner said that she initially felt hesitant when Scott became pregnant. "Under the circumstances I could not even see myself being there," Jenner said. Meanwhile, Casey Marino discussed the difficulties of their early relationship. "I never knew [she] wasn't at my birth until I was about 13 years old and we were arguing on the phone about money," Marino said.

Although the pair once had a fractured relationship, Marino indicated that it improved in 2015. "My relationship with Caitlyn is much better than [before she came out], but we still have a lot of work to do," Marino told People. "We didn't talk for years, and now we see each other every couple of weeks and talk on the phone, which I am grateful for. She's happier and more appreciative of her family. She is trying harder and there is a softness to Caitlyn that is new to me. I think part of that is that when someone is happier, they are just nicer." Caitlyn now invites her eldest daughter to "girls' nights," which Marino is "honored" to attend.

Brandon Jenner is an indie musician

Following her divorce from Chrystie Scott, Caitlyn Jenner married actor Linda Thompson in 1981. Their son Brandon was born later that year. With ex-wife Leah Felder, Brandon Jenner was one half of indie group Brandon & Leah. During a Dig Mag interview with the couple, Brandon discussed having appeared on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" with his then wife, but emphasized the fact that reality TV isn't really his scene. "We love making music. Reality TV, while it can be a nice boost to our audience, doesn't coincide with the lifestyle we have," he said. "We like to work on our craft; the two lifestyles kind of contrast."

However, following Jenner and Felder's divorce in 2018, the indie group, sadly, dissolved. Speaking to People about his solo music, Jenner reflected on the limitations of having such a famous last name. "I happened to be born into a family that was really well-known ... The fact that I have a recognizable last name — especially for what it's become recognizable for — has become a headwind that I've had to overcome."

Through Brandon, Caitlyn Jenner has a granddaughter, Eva, who Brandon says is at the heart of his music. "I want her to listen to my music someday and know that I was authentic and vulnerable, and that I was writing from my truth," he told People.

Brody Jenner followed the reality TV tradition

Caitlyn Jenner's second child with Linda Thompson, Brody, was born in 1983. It seems that reality TV runs in the Jenner blood, as Brody rose to fame thanks to "The Princes of Malibu," which also starred his brother Brandon, and "The Hills," where he seemingly developed a romance with co-star Lauren Conrad. However, as noted by The Sun, Jenner and Conrad later admitted that they feigned the tryst for the sake of ratings. "We had zero chemistry. It always just felt forced," Conrad said, per the Daily Mail. Okurr!

In 2018, Brody found love when he tied the knot with a woman called Kaitlynn, which surprisingly is not the way Caitlyn Jenner spells her name, despite the Karjenner "K" tradition. At the time, Brody Jenner and Kaitlynn Carter were very much in love. As Carter wrote in a piece for Elle, Brody was "quite possibly the most beautiful man on the planet, with a heart of gold and a tireless sense of adventure."

Alas, it was not to be, with E! reporting that the couple called it quits in 2019. Brody highlighted the difficulties of divorcing in the public eye. "I think our relationship ran its course," he confessed during an episode of "The Hills: New Beginnings" (via People). "After we had our split, it was obviously tough for both of us. She got in a relationship with somebody and I didn't find out until I saw it in the press."

Brody and Brandon Jenner said Caitlyn was an absent parent

It turns out that Caitlyn Jenner hasn't always been there for her sons. Brody opened up about Caitlyn's absence throughout his childhood during an episode of "The Hills: New Beginnings." According to Brody, Caitlyn prioritized the Kardashian clan over her older kids. "I didn't really grow up with my dad," Jenner said (via Hollywood Life). "When I was really little, we got to spend a little bit of time. But when [she] started the family with the Kardashian family and all that, I didn't really see much of [her]."

The fractured relationship between Brody and Caitlyn reached its peak when she missed out on her son's wedding. "Brody tried to re-establish a family bond — but Caitlyn never responded much to calls or messages, and always cancelling, saying she had to work or attend an event — but demanding they always turn up to support her at events," an insider told The Sun. "Brody used to get so frustrated. Then when Caitlyn cancelled on his wedding, Brody was done... They haven't spoken in around a year now."

Meanwhile, Brandon Jenner has echoed his little brother's claims. "The effect of my parents' souring relationship was that I didn't see my father more than half a dozen times between the ages eight and twenty-five," Brandon wrote in an essay collection titled "To Me He Was Just Dad: Stories of Growing Up with Famous Fathers." He added that "infrequent exchanges" with Caitlyn acted as "staged photo ops for 'family' Christmas cards." Years later, though, Caitlyn asks Brandon, "How are you doing," and the two speak on a regular basis.

Caitlyn Jenner expanded her family

After marrying Kris Jenner (née Houghton) in 1991, Caitlyn Jenner welcomed more children into her life. Through Kris, she is step-parent to Kim, Khloé, Kourtney, and Rob, whose father, lawyer Robert Kardashian, died in 2003. Jenner's relationship with her stepchildren has been fraught at times. 

Kim Kardashian has clashed with Caitlyn Jenner on multiple occasions due to their differing political views. When Jenner ran for Governor of California, The Sun reported that Kardashian would "NOT be endorsing Caitlyn Jenner." A source told TMZ that "Kim was not only disappointed, but disturbed" by Caitlyn's politics. Kardashian, who believes in prisoner rehabilitation, took aim with Jenner's 2021 tweet claiming that California Governor Gavin Newsom was "releasing dangerous criminals back on to our streets."

Regarding her relationship with Jenner, Kardashian has said that she loves her but is disappointed by her increasingly right-wing views. "I'll always love her," Kardashian told Ellen DeGeneres in 2017(via CNN). "That was my stepdad for so many years. She taught me about character and so much growing up, and I just feel like I don't respect the character that she's showing now."

Meanwhile, in an interview with Piers Morgan for "Life Stories" (via the Daily Mail), Jenner admitted that she was no longer speaking to her four Kardashian stepchildren. "I spent 23 years of my life with those kids; it's difficult to talk about it, terribly, terribly sad," she declared. "I've lost all relationship with them, yes, I don't talk to any of them anymore."

Kendall Jenner says she's the quietest of her siblings

Caitlyn Jenner welcomed her second daughter when Kris gave birth to their first child, Kendall, in 1995. Kendall Jenner is a highly successful supermodel whom Forbes crowned the highest paid model of 2017, with a whopping salary of $22 million. As if that colossal annual paycheck wasn't enough, Kendall launched her own tequila brand, 818, in 2021, with The Spirits Business noting that sales for the tequila "bested initial sales from other Tequila brands from stars like LeBron James and George Clooney," according to an insider. Lest we forget, Kendall is also responsible for that notorious Pepsi ad

Away from the catwalk and the world of booze production and Pepsi controversies, Kendall Jenner is getting loved-up with her boyfriend, NBA star Devin Booker, per Page Six.

The Karjenners aren't exactly known for their modesty. But, unlike her siblings who bask in the reality TV limelight, Kendall claims to be a far more reserved and quiet person. "I think I'm the most private out of my family," she told WWD. Regarding her family's reliance on social media for an ego boost, the model added, "I don't need it to affect my life. So I'd rather just not look at anything. You can get a million comments about how beautiful you look and how awesome you are, but the one comment that says they hate you and you're ugly is the one that sticks." In the words of her momager Kris, "You're doing amazing, sweetie."

Kylie Jenner has a lot of love for Caitlyn

Born in 1997, Kylie Jenner is Caitlyn's youngest child. Known for being a popular makeup guru with a highly successful beauty line, Kylie Cosmetics, the youngest Jenner kid and bona fide It Girl has created a multimillion dollar beauty empire. Although she was once tipped as the world's youngest billionaire, Forbes noted that Kylie is no longer deserving of that moniker following some financial pitfalls. To paraphrase Kylie, those numbers are sus.

Kylie and Caitlyn share an extremely close bond. "My dad was the best growing up," Kylie told Harpers Bazaar. "Never missed a sports game. Took us to school every day, and our school was like 45 minutes from our house." As for how often she speaks to Caitlyn, Kylie said, "Like every day. Except I couldn't talk to her for three or four weeks when she did that show 'I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!' I watched clips online. It was hard to be out of touch for that long, but I feel like it was harder for her because she couldn't see us."

In 2018, a 21-year-old Kylie blessed Caitlyn with another grandchild when she gave birth to adorable daughter Stormi with on-again-off-again boyfriend, rapper Travis Scott. The youngster may be barely out of diapers, but mom Kylie treats her to a designer wardrobe worth more than most people's annual salary. In 2021, the makeup mogul announced via Instagram that she and Travis Scott were expecting their second child.

The Jenner boys were embarrassed by Caitlyn's political run

From Arnold Schwarzenegger to, of course, former president Trump, Caitlyn Jenner followed a long list of celebs who ran for political office when she announced she had filed paperwork to enter the race for Governor of California in 2021. Seeing as she's a rare Republican in an overwhelmingly liberal-leaning industry, she was met with her fair share of criticism. But no one was quite as disappointed by Jenner's political ambitions as her own children were.

Fox News reported that Burt Jenner and his siblings were "embarrassed" by Caitlyn's run for Governor of California. "Just call me Hunter...FML," Burt reportedly wrote on Facebook before (apparently) forgoing his social media presence.

And he's not alone. According to TMZ, Brody and Brandon Jenner were also embarrassed by Caitlyn's run. Insiders told the site that her sons "don't feel she's qualified for the position and they strongly believe she shouldn't be mounting a campaign."

On "CBS This Morning," Caitlyn Jenner was asked about her family's involvement in her political ambitions: "I did speak with all my children. I said, 'Hey, I do not want one tweet. ... This is my deal...' ... I said if anybody asks any questions in the media ... just say, 'No comment,' address your comments to me."

The Jenner children need not worry, however, as Caitlyn lost monumentally in the election, barely managing to win 1% of the vote, which was largely attributable to her lack of support from the LGBTQ+ community, as per the Los Angeles Times.

Kendall and Caitlyn Jenner grew closer when Caitlyn came out

When Caitlyn Jenner came out as transgender in 2015, gracing the cover of Vanity Fair with her glam new look, she received overwhelming praise and support. That year, she was honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage award at the ESPYs (via Wall Street Journal on YouTube), where she was greeted with a standing ovation before giving a moving speech about living one's truth. 

"If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead, because the reality is I can take it," she said. "But for thousands of kids out there, coming to terms with being true to who they are, they shouldn't have to take it." As she spoke, her daughter Kendall, sitting proudly in the audience, could be seen with tears in her eyes.

"When my dad came out as transgender, our relationship grew. She could finally be honest with me," Kendall told People, adding, "Because of my dad's bravery, I've learned to love what I love and not be ashamed of it. She's been my role model since before I can even remember, from sports growing up to now with her wisdom. She's so brave and I aspire to be as brave as her one day."

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Caitlyn Jenner is Kylie's hero

There's arguably no greater gift for a parent than being dubbed their child's hero. Kylie Jenner has heaped mountains of praise on Caitlyn, declaring that she is both a hero and a role model. "My dad has always been an inspiration to me, from winning the gold medal at the Olympics to getting her pilot's license," Kylie told People. "However, watching her live out her true self has been the most inspiring of them all," she added, noting with her sisters, "She's our hero."

Following Caitlyn's coming out, Kylie emphasized Caitlyn's positive impact. "She's lived an amazing life, and she's always done amazing things," Kylie said in honor of Caitlyn receiving Glamour's Transgender Champion Award (via People). "She's such a good role model for so many people, and I know she wants to do so much good with what she's doing." 

Kylie makes a vital point. Representation is important, and there's no doubt that Caitlyn Jenner's coming out was instrumental in highlighting trans visibility. As transgender rights activist Mara Keisling told The Guardian, "There are people all over America who have seen the Vanity Fair photos and said to themselves: 'You know, I am trans too and I am going to have the courage to come out.'"

And that feeling of adoration is mutual. Caitlyn gushed about Kylie when the reality star became a mother. "Little Stormi is a wonderful little kid, [and Kylie] is a wonderful mom. She's totally dedicated to her," Caitlyn enthused to Us Weekly at an art event.

Does Caitlyn Jenner pick favorites?

Kylie Jenner earned a bit of a "bossy" reputation in the "KUWTK" days, so much so that she tweeted in 2020, "i'm not bossy i'm the boss." Perhaps Caitlyn Jenner agrees. Favoritism is, sadly, all too common within family dynamics, or in the Karjenner case, dynasties.

There's no denying that Caitlyn and Kylie Jenner share an immense bond that is seemingly imperishable. Subsequently, Kylie's big sister Kendall appears to be relegated to the background at times. It is, after all, Kylie who features most prominently on Caitlyn's Instagram feed with loving tributes to both the daughter and granddaughter, Stormi. But Caitlyn pretty much confirmed what all eagle-eyed "KUWTK" stans had long believed: Kylie is her favorite.

During an appearance on "The Skinny Confidential Him & Her" podcast, Caitlyn responded to a big question. When asked which Jenner kid she could "see [herself] in the most," she confessed, "Kendall and I have a lot in common. She's very athletic. We kind of both had the same attitude towards life, and I get along very well with the two of them, but Kylie and I just seem to be closer most of the time." Caitlyn added, "Kendall's off kind of doing her thing, and Kylie, like, I had dinner last night at Kylie's house. We try to do that once a week."

To add the final (perfectly manicured) nail in the coffin, Caitlyn summed it up: "And so from that standpoint, we're a lot closer. Kendall's not that — she's always very, kind of, a little bit more secretive. We're still very close, but it's kind of harder to figure out, where Kylie's more of an open book."

Caitlyn Jenner still wants to be called 'dad'

In a touching video for her YouTube channel, Caitlyn Jenner got daughter Kylie to do her makeup, and the pair discussed the importance of Caitlyn still being referred to as her children's dad. "Sometimes people get really confused when Kendall and I still call you dad ... I know we had a talk a few years ago, and you were okay with us still calling you dad. How do you feel about that now?" Kylie queried. 

"I feel it was one of the best decisions I made," Caitlyn explained. "Sometimes this community can be pretty tough, especially when it comes to pronouns, and everybody's got an opinion... Some people say, 'Oh, you're the mother.' No, no I'm not. I'm the dad, I've been the dad the whole way, I will be their father until the day they die or I die." Jenner also mentions that her daughters always say, "my dad, she...", which illustrates that being a father is a role, as opposed to a pronoun.

When discussing Caitlyn's coming out with WWD, Kendall Jenner had similar feelings toward the importance of still referring to her as "dad." "It would probably be different for someone who didn't have to live it through the media," she stated, adding, "But I've known since I was a kid. ... My dad is my dad ... she lets me call her dad — that's the last little piece of dad I've got."

She grew apart from her older kids

Ever since "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" catapulted former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner back into the media spotlight, where she undoubtedly enjoyed immense stardom as a result, the memory of her older children began to fade from public view. Subsequently, it appears that Jenner's older children have been overshadowed somewhat by those within the Jenner-Kardashian brood, as the "Jenner" appellation became synonymous with Kendall and Kylie. 

"Some [of my children] I have remained very close to," she told Diane Sawyer on "20/20." "A couple of them ... I'm a little more distant. I have to admit, I'll sit here and wonder, 'Is it because of my transitioning? Or is it because their life is so busy that they don't call, like, all the time?'"

While her two youngest kids have been loving and supportive with regard to her transition, Jenner confessed that some of her children weren't too happy about her Vanity Fair cover, though she didn't name names. Jenner told Sawyer, "I know, my kids that thought, 'You know what, it's a little too much. But, from my standpoint, I had suffered for 65 years. To have a beautiful shot of my authentic self was important and [I wanted] the shock value. I wanted to end the old Bruce, my old life, and that picture did it." 

Although this led Jenner to grow apart from some of her older kids, it is far more important that she lives her truth, and, subsequently, her best life. Hashtag fact.