Charlize Theron Says She Is Raising Two Daughters, Not a Boy

Lawrence Kim
April 20, 2019

Charlize Theron has said she is raising her first child Jackson as a girl, after first introducing her to the world as a boy.

Charlize also touched on her upbringing in Benoni, explaining how it shaped who she is today and how she raises her children. Charlize Theron. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni Charlize Theron and Jackson Theron are seen in Midtown on May 11, 2015 in New York City.

And the 43-year-old Academy Award victor has spoken out about her decision to raise Jackson as a female.

She told Entertainment Tonight: 'I've been single for 10 years, it's not a long shot.

"So there you go!" she added. I have two lovely daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive.

The 43-year-old actress reveals how her seven-year-old son Jackson told her she actually identified as a girl.

But some thought the media were not supportive enough, with several headlines saying Theron is "raising her child as a girl" - instead of calling her a girl - and of not being eloquent enough in celebrating a three-year-old's life-defining decision.

"You know, I grew up in [South Africa] where people lived with half-truths and lies and whispers and nobody said anything outright, and I was raised very specifically not to be like that", Theron explained.

Theron, who grew up in South Africa, said that her upbringing helped mold her into the person she is now.

'And I will do everything in my power for my kids to have that right and to be protected within that'.

The South African star, who is now promoting movie Long Shot, previously hinted about Jackson's identity when she told Black Panther's Michael B. Jordan that she has "two young handsome, black, African-American girls" during a chat for Variety's Actors on Actors series in December.

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