CHARLIZE’S KID: ‘I AM NOT A BOY’
FOR years CHARLIZE THERON has supported her eldest child, JACKSON (7), in identifying as a girl but with it came with plenty of criticism. How could she degrade her adopted “son” like that? What sort of mother would allow this?
Through it all the Oscar winner chose to keep a dignified silence but not anymore. Jackson was born a boy, Charlize says, but identifies as a girl – something the actress has known from an early age.
“Yes, I thought she was a boy, too, until she looked at me when she was three years old and said, ‘I am not a boy!’,” Charlize told the Daily Mail. “So there you go! I have two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and see thrive.”
Her other daughter is Jackson’s sister, August (3), who was adopted in 2015. The South African star says she will let her kids be who they want to be. Her job as a parent, she says, is to “celebrate and love her kids and make sure that they have everything they need to be what they want to be”.
By speaking out Charlize has given support to parents around the world who face similar situations.