Kendall Jenner is calling foul on a story quoting her as confirming dad Bruce Jenner's rumored gender transition.
"[H]ow is it legal for someone to 'quote' someone and publish it if in fact you never said what was quoted," the 19-year-old model said on Twitter shortly after an Us Weekly story was published Wednesday touting an "exclusive interview" with her. In it, the mag quoted her as saying she would always love her dad "whether he's a man or a woman."
The interview took place backstage at Comedy Central's Justin Bieber roast Saturday, the magazine said. Of course, that would mean the outlet waited nearly four days to publish a big scoop: the first on-the-record family confirmation that the former Olympic gold medalist is transitioning.
"Shame on US Weekly for making up quotes," Kendall Jenner tweeted a bit later. "I NEVER said those things. I never spoke to them."
The story is headlined "Kendall Jenner Breaks Silence on Bruce Jenner's Transition: 'I Will Always Love My Dad'" and attributed to staff, not to a specific reporter.
"He's a wonderful man," she's quoted as saying. "And just because he's changing shoes now, so to speak, doesn't make him less wonderful. I will always love my dad, whether he's a man or a woman."
Such an admission would be completely out of line with the approach the Kardashian-Jenner clan has been taking regarding stories about what's been called its patriarch's "journey." That approach has been, essentially, to say nothing even remotely specific to the rumors, even as stories have surfaced alleging plans for a Diane Sawyer interview and an upcoming E! docu-series, both revolving around Bruce Jenner.
In early February, citing a supposed "family insider," People ran a cover story saying Bruce Jenner had spoken to his kids in detail about transitioning from male to female. There has been no public confirmation of such a plan.
According to Gossip Cop, a "Jenner insider" called the Wednesday story quoting Kendall Jenner "100% false" and said she hadn't given that quote "to Us Weekly or anyone for the matter."
Kim Kardashian is the one who's come closest to addressing the rumors, and that was in January.
"On this one, I will say that I think Bruce should tell his story his way …," she told "Entertainment Tonight" at the time.
"I think everyone goes through things in life and I think that story and what Bruce is going through, I think he'll share whenever the time is right."