Life isn’t easy when you’re a Jenner — and Brandon Jenner knows that firsthand.
During a June 28 appearance on Channel Q radio’s Let’s Go There With Shira & Ryan, Jenner discussed the struggles he’s experienced due to his last name, and his comments were intense.
Has Brandon Jenner failed to find his footing in the music industry because of his name?
Jenner has been trying to break into the music industry for years now. He’s released music as a solo artist and as a member of the now-disbanded indie pop group Brandon & Leah, but he has yet to find mainstream success.
According to the musician himself, this may have something to do with the connotation attached to his famous family.
“Things have changed for me a lot,” the 38-year-old explained to the hosts (via Us Weekly). “Just the rise of Keeping Up With the Kardashians has changed the idea of what the last name Jenner, you know, what kind of person I’m going to be.”
Brandon Jenner said his last name wasn’t always so controversial
The “I Believe” singer added that his father’s surname had a different connotation when he was a kid. “When I was a kid, I would hand my driver’s license, or my ID, when I was younger, and somebody would look at it and say, ‘Oh, are you Bruce Jenner’s kid?’ and they would want to shake my hand … It was this real sense of pride,” he said.
But now that his entire family is famous, Jenner has struggled as an artist.
“When people hear it for the first time, or they hear my last name, ‘Jenner,’ I think that they’re quicker to write me off and not necessarily even want to give my music a chance because of it,” he shared. “I sometimes am almost a little ashamed of it, because I feel like people are going to have this preconceived notion that I’m just, kind of, like a spoiled kid that doesn’t really have anything to say, right? And hasn’t struggled in their life.”
Brandon Jenner has something to say
Jenner seemed to imply that his music is worth listening to because he has “struggled” in his life. “I’ve struggled just like a lot of other people in different ways, on an emotional level,” he continued.
And he’s right. Caitlyn Jenner (formerly known as Bruce Jenner) said in 2017 that she wasn’t always there for her eldest children while they were growing up. Their relationship only appeared to grow more strained after she transitioned in 2015.
“Some [of my children] I have remained very close to,” she told Diane Sawyer. “A couple of them … I’m a little more distant. I have to admit, I’ll sit here and wonder, ‘Is it because of my transitioning?’ Or is it because their life is so busy that they don’t call, like, all the time?’”
Luckily, Caitlyn and Brandon have since gotten back on good terms. They even reportedly spent Thanksgiving 2018 together.
What the Kardashians have said about Brandon Jenner’s music career
Jenner might not be where he wants to be, but he has full support from his siblings. In January 2019, the singer told a fan on Instagram that his siblings, Kendall, and Kylie Jenner, as well as the Kardashian sisters, support his music career “very much.”
With any luck, he’ll find success in the near future. Fingers crossed.