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Bruce Jenner's family slams sex-change rumors: He doesn't want to be a woman

Bruce Jenner's plastic surgery addiction may stem from body dysmorphic disorder.
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Bruce Jenner's family vehemently slammed reports that he wants to be a woman.

"Bruce has never expressed interest in becoming a woman," a source told People, calling the transgender reports totally "absurd."

Jenner, 64, recently made headlines after getting a laryngeal shave, a plastic-surgery procedure that flattens the Adam's apple. The operation is usually a precursor to a sex-change operation, but Bruce's estranged wife, Kris Jenner, has ripped those rumors as tabloid lies.

"[The sex-change operation] is a story that they keep regurgitating from the '70s," said Kris. "Ninety-nine percent of the stuff in the tabloids is made up."

Sources said the former Olympic gold medalist does not want to be a woman, but is obsessed with looking young and thinks plastic surgery is the answer.

Jenner, who won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, has been tabloid fodder for his numerous plastic surgeries over the years. He got a nose job and a partial face-lift in 1984, and a second corrective face-lift in 2009.

Jenner's family told People they support his decision to get plastic surgeries if that makes him happy. "It's his life," said Bruce's daughter, Cassandra Marino. "He has always been a handsome guy, and he never needed to do anything. But clearly he feels differently. If that's what he chooses to do, then I support him."

Experts said Jenner's numerous plastic surgeries likely stem from body dysmorphic disorder, which is an obsessive preoccupation with a minor or nonexistent physical flaw.

"When people have an unusual preoccupation with the way they look, they will never be satisfied," said Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Toby Mayer, who has not treated Jenner. "They will always find some flaw on their face that they think will restore perfection."

Brian Cuban, the brother of billionaire Mark Cuban, is an expert on body dysmorphia, having suffered from the disorder for 27 years. In an interview with me, Cuban said people often mistake individuals suffering from body dysmorphia with narcissists.

"The difference is, people with body dysmorphia hate what they see in the mirror, while narcissists love how they look," explained Cuban, author of Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

Meanwhile, numerous media reports say Jenner will quit "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" after filming on this season ends. Sources say Bruce is disgusted with his family's tabloid fame and wants to live a quiet life in Malibu, close to the beach and his three sons.