Back in 2015, the world was shocked when Olympian and KUWTK star, Bruce Jenner, announced that he would be transitioning from male to female.
Bruce had been silently battling with his gender identity for years and was visibly delighted when he officially came out as Caitlyn in 2017. Since then, Caitlyn has become a global ambassador for trans people and has been living her best life as an open and proud trans woman.
And now, almost three years on, the star is celebrating her birthday with her family, though there were some surprising no-shows at the gathering... Cue the awkwardness! Keep scrolling to find out who couldn't make it to the Kardashian-Jenner bash, and Caitlyn's age that has truly shocked fans.
We all know about the famous Caitlyn Jenner transformation.
via: GettyRemember? When the gold-medal-winning Olympian and husband to Kris Jenner, Bruce Jenner announced that he would be transitioning into a woman back in 2015?
Bruce Jenner became a huge part of the bizarre public spectacle that is the Keeping up with the Kardashian's.
via: GettyHe came into Kris' life after the death of her first husband, attorney, Robert Kardashian. He had 2 children with Kris (Kendal, and Kylie) and was hastily blended as a significant father figure to all the Kardashian sisters.
So, understandably, the world was shocked when he transitioned into Caitlyn.And, in true Kardashian-Jenner fashion, she came out on the cover of Vanity Fair. People marveled at the impressive transformation, which had completely eliminated any traces of the previous Bruce Jenner. She underwent her final operation - the irreversible sex-reassignment surgery - in 2017, officially marking the death of Bruce, and the birth of Caitlyn.
And she couldn't be happier.Vanity Fair interview as Caitlyn, she explained how liberating it felt to finally be open as a woman: "I have nothing left to hide. I am kind of a free person, a free soul. Up to this point, I would wear, you know, Bruce would wear sweatshirts with hoods on them so paparazzi can’t get pictures and all that kind of crap."
Caitlyn insists that she is a nicer person than Bruce ever was.
Yet, despite Caitlyn being happier and more popular than ever...Kendall and Kylie. For the 2 girls, the birth of Caitlyn meant the loss of their dad as they knew him. "My dad says it herself sometimes, it's kind of like mourning the loss of someone, because it is," Kendall said in a candid interview about Caitlyn's transition. "My dad is my dad, but he’s not there physically anymore. But she lets me call her dad -- that's the last little piece of dad I've got."
Though Kendall insists that she'd known about her dad's gender identity for years.
However, both Kendall and Kylie have reportedly distanced themselves from their dad.In addition to Kris Jenner and the other Kardashian sisters cutting ties with Caitlyn Jenner after the release of her memoir, The Secrets of My Life, the youngest Jenner sisters soon found themselves growing distant from their father.
There has been a noticeable strain in Caitlyn's relationship with her daughters.And Kendall has remained loyal to her mom, Kris, during her parents' feud. “Kendall is loyal to Kris[Jenner] and has very little to do with her dad. The more time that has passed, the more she feels Caitlyn has let her down with the things she has said and with her actions," a source shared with E! News back in 2017.
However, it's been a few years since the transition now...
via: Getty ImagesEven though they have been through some pretty rough patches, the family seems to have worked things out. Well, most of them.
And just in time for Caitlyn's birthday!
via: TwitterOn Tuesday, she celebrated her birthday surrounded by members of the Kardashian-Jenner clan and I must say, it looked so cute and homely. I mean, we're used to seeing them in glamorous photoshoots and throwing each other glitzy parties. Rarely do we see them engage in activities such as this.
The trans activist was joined by almost everyone...
via: TwitterWe saw her daughters Kylie and Kendall Jenner, son Brandon Jenner and stepdaughters Kourtney and Kim Kardashian.
But there was no sign of Khloe...
via: Getty ImagesRumors have been circling about the relationship between Caitlyn and his step-daughter Khloe. Apparently, there have been tensions rising between them for a while.
In her defense...
via: Getty ImagesShe did claim she had a "photoshoot" to be at. Well, it must have been pretty damn important if it meant missing a family member's birthday gathering.
We can't just point fingers at Khloe though...
via: Getty ImagesBecause Caitlyn's other son, Brody Jenner, was also a no-show... Yikes. I mean, Brandon turned up, so it would make sense for Brody to be there too, but he was nowhere to be seen.
And obviously, Kris wasn't going to be there.
via: Getty ImagesBut to be honest, I don't blame her for not turning up. After the unflattering lines about her in Caitlyn's memoir, their relationship completely broke down, which in turn, affected the relationship between her and all of her children, most notably Khloe.
And it gets a little more awkward as a US Weekly source revealed this...
via: Getty ImagesAccording to reports, the hostility between the two is a mutual feeling as, Caitlyn apparently pulled out of an event in the attempt to avoid an awkward encounter with Khloe. Yikes.
However, even despite this, it seems as if their presence wasn't missed too much.
via: YouTubeThrough the multiple Instagram story posts, you could see the rest of the family having fun, singing happy birthday and just enjoying being with each other.
And fans couldn't help but pick up on one detail: How amazing Caitlyn looked.The fact that it was her 70th birthday and her skin was glowing, her hair had a nice shine to it and her wrinkles were basically non-existent, made the whole of the internet gush over her.
I better look like that at seventy!
via: TwitterEven if that means undergoing at least one botox treatment... If you're in the mood to read more about the Kardashians skipping out on an important family event, then keep scrolling to re-live the moment that Kris decided she had more important things to do than attend Kim's birthday bash... I bet that didn't go down too well.