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.

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