The former Olympian then married Thompson that same year and split from her in 1986. They also had two kids, sons Brandon and Brody.
Thompson used this Instagram post to call attention to a lengthy excerpt from her upcoming memoir, titled "How Living With and Loving Bruce Jenner Changed My Life Forever," that she posted to Huffington Post. It's here that she recalls her romance with Jenner.
"When Brody was about 18 months old and Brandon was about 3 and a half years old, Bruce came to me one day with a very somber look on his face and said, 'There's something about me that I really need to tell you, something you need to know,'" she writes. "I truly thought he might possibly tell me he had had an affair while on the road. But that's not what he wanted to confess to me. Bruce told me that he identified as a woman."
This past Friday, Jenner told the world that he "identified as a woman" when he sat down with Diane Sawyer. "My brain is much more female than it is male," he said. "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman."
"I can now breathe a little easier, knowing he now has found the strength and the courage to fulfill his dream," Thompson concludes in her excerpt. "He can finally realize his need to be who he authentically is, who he was born to be. That takes tremendous courage. For that I commend him."