Charlize Theron was recently confronted with a Daily Mail reporter who was curious about the gender identity of her seven-year-old child and who treated the whole story in an admirable way. Theron declared “lively” to the gossip magazine that Jackson, who she adopted in 2012, is biologically male but has lived as a girl since she was three years old. Theron has another daughter, August, adopted in 2015.
After the paparazzi photos showed that Jackson was wearing dresses and skirts, the email asked Theron to clarify the situation. “I thought she was a boy too,” she replied. “Until she looked at me when she was three years old and said,” I’m not a boy! “
She continued: “So there you go! I have two beautiful daughters who, like every parent, I want to protect and I want to see them thrive. They are born who they are and exactly where in the world they can both find themselves as they grow up, and who they want to be is not for me to decide. “That’s that.
Theron has actually referred to two daughters in previous interviews. In an “Actors on Actors” discussion with Michael B. Jordan for Variety, she explained that she had an emotional response to Black Panther, as a white man who grew up in apartheid South Africa who now “two young beautiful, black, African “- American girls. “
She also referred to apartheid when she spoke with the Daily Mail about respecting Jackson’s wishes to be raised as a daughter: “I grew up in a country where people lived with half truths and lies and whispers and nobody said anything outright , and I was raised a great deal, specifically not to be like that. “