Charlize Theron Announces She’s Raising 7-Year-Old Son as ‘a Girl’
Liberal Hollywood actress reveals why adopted son Jackson is wearing dresses
Liberal Hollywood actress Charlize Theron has announced that she is raising her 7-year-old adopted son Jackson as "a girl."
Rumors have swirled for years that Charlize has been raising the boy she adopted as a baby as a girl.
Questions have been raised after photographs appeared of the child wearing skirts and dresses and with long, braided hair.
Theron has now revealed that she is raising Jackson as a girl — in fact, she says, Jackson is every bit as much a girl as "her" three-year-old sister, August.
And what does Theron cite as the inspiration behind her decision? Her mother - the woman who shot and killed Charlize's father, in front of her, when she was a 15-year-old girl.
When asked why she is dressing a boy in female outfits, Theron said, "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!'
"They were born who they are and exactly where in the world both of them get to find themselves as they grow up, and who they want to be, is not for me to decide.
"My job as a parent is to celebrate them and to love them and to make sure that they have everything they need in order to be what they want to be."
She laughs: "You can blame my mom for the fact I don't know any better!
"You know, 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 very specifically not to be like that.
"I was taught by my mom that you have to speak up; you have to be able to know that, when this life is over, you'll have lived the truth you're comfortable with, and that nothing negative can come from that."
According to the Daily Mail, the drama of Charlize's early years growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa is well-documented.
When Charlize was 15, her father, Charles, who ran a construction business, returned home in a rage, carrying a gun and threatening to kill both Charlize and Gerda.
Instead, in front of Charlize's eyes, in what was later ruled an act of self-defense, Gerda shot him dead.
Charlize has grown up and moved her life to Beverly Hills, California but her mother remains her role model.
"I think that having a very close relationship to at least one parent is a real blessing," she says.
"Growing up as a young girl, I had this great representation in front of me of what you could be as a woman.
"In everything she did in life, my mom did what she had to do and there were no two ways about it."