Transgender woman says hiding secret made her so depressed she ended up homeless A transgender woman says that she knew she was in the wrong body from the age of four...but suffered for more than 20 years before she felt strong enough to do anything about it. Stephanie Jones, from Moreton, Wirral, says she used to sneak into her sister's bedroom to try on her make-up and dresses as a child and that her skin felt like a 'crisp wrapper' around her body. The 28-year-old says even in early childhood, she'd go to bed at night and wish that she'd wake up a girl in the morning. Scroll down for video Stephanie Jones, a caving instructor from the Wirral, says that she knew she had been born in the wrong body as early as four years of age Stephanie as a boy; after a tough childhood, she ended up homeless after a friend outed her as transgender pre bonded hairNow working as a caving instructor, Stephanie finally plucked up the courage to come out as transgender after becoming depressed and living on the streets for several years. After being taken to the YMCA hostel in Birkenhead, she began sharing her feelings and started her transition and turning her life around.
Stephanie, who now also aspires to be a model, said: 'When I was four-years-old I remember it was like coming into conscious being and I felt like something wasn't quite right. 'My skin never felt like it was my own but more like a loose crisp packet over my body and I felt a strong separation from parts of my body I knew were not mine. remy hair extensions'As I became more aware of everything around me I realised the things that I liked and wanted to do were everything my sisters were doing but I wasn't allowed to play with girl's things. 'I used to go to bed and wish that the next day I would wake up and be the same as my sisters. A love of vintage fashion: 28-year-old Stephanie is finally at peace with her body after transitioning five years ago A shaven-haired Stephanie pictured before she transitioned; her sister Jenny says that Stephanie would act like a normal teenage boy, going out with male friends Stephanie was born Stephen and endured a tough childhood with lots of bullying from her peers. She says she knew she was different but buried her thoughts deep 'It never happened and as I began to grow up I started to become more conscious that something really wasn't right.' When her sisters would be out babysitting or playing with their friends she would sneak into their rooms and try on make-up and wear dresses. Stephanie, who was born as Stephen Jones, dreamed of finding a prince and used to dance around her sister's bedrooms pretending someone was dancing with her. 'I began my transition in the YMCA in Birkenhead in 2011 and even though at this time in transition I knew I didn't look so feminine but I felt happy deep within myself for the first time in my life.
Stephanie Jones She would hate going shopping with her mum for new school clothes because she'd hate wearing trousers and having to keep her hair short. Despite having to wear wigs when first starting her transition in 2011, Stephanie now has naturally long hair after having it cut frequently and letting it grow out. perruques cheveux naturelsStephanie said: 'When I was little I would get dressed up, and when no one could see me here and I used to stand in the mirror and imagine that I was female. 'I would dance in the mirror spinning and pretending I was dancing with a prince and that I had lovely long hair, it was the first time in my life that I'd felt special. 'These moments in my sister's bedroom were special to me because for that short time I didn't have to pretend to be someone that I wasn't and I was safe from being seen or judged.' At the age of 10 Stephanie pushed her feelings to the back of her mind and began to make friends and try and fit in at school. She kept a diary of how she felt and where she wished she could go shopping and how she wished she could be herself without being judged. Sister Jenny said finding out that her brother was soon to be her sister was a 'massive shock' Happy: Stephanie says for the first time in her life, she no longer has to hide away (pictured with her sister Jenny Keir) But at the age of 17 a 'friend' of hers stole the diary and showed everyone on her street, which lead to her moving away and becoming homeless. Stephanie said: 'When I moved away I fell into a depression because it felt like the more time had passed the further I was falling away from myself by having to put up a macho bravado to survive on the streets. 'When I finally cracked I knew if I was going to transition I was going to have to make sacrifices such as losing my family. 'I began my transition in the YMCA in Birkenhead in 2011 and even though at this time in transition I knew I didn't look so feminine but I felt happy deep within myself for the first time in my life.
'For the first time I didn't have to hide away, tell lies or pretend to be someone I wasn't.' Stephanie, who works as a caving instructor, now loves nothing more than to go shopping for new dresses and loves to wear make-up. She loves vintage and Fairtrade dresses and anything with a lot of colour and likes to keep her make-up minimal. Even though she doesn't speak to one of her sisters, she says she has never been closer to her oldest sister, Jenny Keir, 34. Passion for fashion: Stephanie keeps her make-up minimal and loves vintage clothes After several years on the street, Stephanie is now working as a caving instructor Jenny said: 'When Stephanie was younger we were never really close, I'm six years older than her so was always out with my mates when we were growing up. 'She was always a very quiet child and was very reserved so it never crossed my mind that she wasn't happy or that anything was wrong. perruques cheveux'When she was a teenager she was a real lad's lad, she'd go out with her mates and was always having a laugh with them. 'She had a skinhead and wore trackies so it was a massive surprise when she told me she was in the wrong body. 'When I found out she used to steal my make up and wear my clothes it really surprised me, I never noticed anything moved around in my room or anything missing. 'I'm extremely proud of Stephanie now though, she's so much more confident than she ever was and she's content with herself, it's so nice to see.'
Caitlyn Jenner's docu-series has officially been cancelled after two seasons. The 66-year-old confirmed weeks of rumours that I Am Cait is coming to an end on her Twitter page on Tuesday. 'After 2 amazing seasons of @IAmCait, it's time for the next adventure,' Caitlyn shared. 'Thank you E! & thank you to the best girlfriends I could ask for!' Coming to an end: Caitlyn Jenner (pictured last month) confirmed on Tuesday that I Am Cait has been cancelled after two seasons The news doesn't come as a surprise following much speculation that the show would not return due to low ratings. I Am Cait debuted strong in July of last year, with 2.73million viewers tuning in for the series premiere. However the show failed to hold onto its audience in its second season. Just 860,000 viewers watched the season two finale, with ratings dipping as low as 480,000 during the season. 'Thank you E!': The 66-year-old announced the news on her Twitter page and said 'it's time for the next adventure' Sharing her story: The docu-series followed Caitlyn after her gender transition 'There just weren’t enough viewers,' a source told Radar Online earlier this month. 'The show can’t compete with other programming.' E! released a statement shortly afterwards saying that 'no decision had been made' at that time regarding the future of the show. I Am Cait followed the life of the Olympian, who was born Bruce, after her gender transition. The series was announced by E! immediately after Caitlyn's 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer in April 2015, in which she revealed she identifies as female. Losing its audience: The show debuted strong, but failed to hold onto viewers during its second season Call me Caitlyn: The series was announced by E! immediately after Caitlyn's 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer in April 2015, in which she revealed she identifies as female lace front wigsCaitlyn starred in the show alongside other members of the transgender community, including Jennifer Finney Boylan, Candis Cayne, Chandi Moore, Zackary Drucker and Kate Bornstein, and famously clashed with her co-stars over her support of the Republican party. Jenny shared on Facebook following the news: 'It's official as of today-- I AM CAIT will not be renewed for season 3. I am so very proud of being part of this show, and of its creators Andrea Metz and Jeff Olde in particular, who directed us with passion and grace. 'I am grateful for the warm friendships I made with Chandi Moore and Candis Cayne and @katebornstein and Zackary Drucker and @ellagieselle and all of you. (and Kip Zachary and Courtney Nanson, who made us look so fine!) There is more work to do, and I send everyone my love.' 'I am so very proud': Jennifer Finney Boylan shared a Facebook post thanking her cast-mates following the cancellation 'It was one of the best times of my life': Kate Bornstein also tweeted after hearing the news She added: 'Official word from the network today- a hard choice for them, I know. I'll have more to say about this in weeks to come, but for now I'll simply say I'm proud of everything we accomplished, and I send everyone involved my very sincere gratitude, and my love.' And Kate tweeted: 'Ah, #iamcait is done now. It was one of the best times of my life. Made such good forever friends. #allshowsclose.' Caitlyn's ex-wife Kris Jenner, daughters Kendall and Kylie Jenner and former step-daughters Kim and Khloe Kardashian also made appearances on I Am Cait during its run. Support network: The Olympian was joined on the show with fellow members of the transgender community, including (L-R) Chandi Moore, Candis Cayne, Ella Giselle and Jennifer Finney Boylan
Lady Gaga is to star in the remake of THE hit musical A Star Is Born alongside Bradley Cooper, who also makes his directorial debut with the weepie. The movie is due to start production next year in California and Gaga will compose and perform new music for the soundtrack. The 30-year-old's name was first mentioned in association with the project back in June but her casting was confirmed on Tuesday by Deadline Hollywood. She was born for it: Lady Gaga, seen at Tony Bennett's 90th birthday bash earlier is August, is to star in the remake of hit musical A Star Is Born alongside Bradley Cooper The movie tells the story of a young singer-actress who finds fame and romance after she captures the heart of a fading movie star, to be played by Bradley, 41. cosplay wigsAs his plummeting career and alcoholism take their toll, her star continues to rise. The new film is the third remake of the original love story released 80 years ago in 1937. Back then, Janet Gaynor played the ingenue and Fredric March was the falling star. Judy Garland and James Mason had a go at it in 1954. Double hitter: The 41-year-old actor, pictured at the Los Angeles premiere of War Dogs on Monday, will also makes his directorial debut with the weepie In 1976, Kris Kristofferson played a fading rock star with Barbra Streisand as a songstress on the rise. It's the first starring role in a movie for Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta. However, the Born This Way songstress has been building her acting creds by co-starring as The Countess in FX's Golden Globe winning American Horror Story. Ups and downs: The 30-year-old stars as a young singer-actress who finds fame and romance after she captures the heart of a fading actor, to be played by Bradley Meanwhile, the movie has been a long time in the works. Beyonce was earlier pegged for the role of the young star on the rise, but the casting fell through after the Crazy In Love singer became pregnant with her daughter Blue Ivy, now four years old. 'The world is in for a treat as these great artists craft an all new vision of A Star is Born,' Greg Silverman, Warner Bros. president of creative development and worldwide production, said in a statement. Small screen to big screen: The Born This Way songstress has been building her acting creds by co-starring as The Countess in FX's Golden Globe winning American Horror Story