From his grown-out, ombré-tinted hair to his manicured nails, Bruce Jenner has been raising eyebrows with his recent transformation. But when he underwent a controversial "tracheal shave" in January to reduce the size of his Adam's apple, the rumor mill went into overdrive that the 64-year-old Olympic icon was transitioning from male to female.
"Absurd," a close family friend tells People in this week's issue, one of many insiders who dismisses the rumors as false. (Jenner himself declined to comment.) "Bruce has never expressed interest in becoming a woman," says another source close to the family.