“I was also empathetic to, and mourned for, the pain that Bruce had experienced every day of his life.”
The couple were married from 1981 to 1986 after he split with his first wife and the mother of his eldest two children Chrystie Crownover.
In the piece, she emphasizes her sympathy for the struggle her ex-husband went through, despite her own agony over the split.
“I was also empathetic to, and mourned for, the pain that Bruce had experienced every day of his life,” she wrote.
Thompson says that her first glimpse of her future husband was on television in 1976 at the Montreal Olympics, from the comfort of a bed she was sharing with none other than Elvis Presley.
They were both impressed with Jenner, who was, Thompson says, “an amazing speciman of a man.”
She met him three years later at the Playboy Mansion where he’d been living since his separation from his first wife.
Thompson was a fledgling actress who’d been invited to award trophies for a tennis tournament being held to benefit a children’s charity; Jenner won the tournament.
The “sweet, shy and very gentlemanly” Jenner was supposed to go home and change before dinner, but refused to leave Thompson alone with the other men at the Mansion who he said were “just waiting for me to leave so they can hit on you.”
They went on to marry, and at that time, she writes, Jenner was “easy going, down-to-earth, casual, romantic, good and loving”.
She writes that if Jenner had been open with her about his gender dysphoria from the start, she would never have married him.
“I was extremely happy to have found such a remarkable partner with whom to share my life. I found him to be honorable and, well, just too good to be true. Just too good to be true indeed,” she writes on HuffPost.
For a time, they were a happy couple, Thompson writes, and they were often snapped looking glamorous on red carpets and were renowned philanthropists.