Charlize Theron has revealed that her eldest child is transgender. According to the actress, Jackson, 7, was assigned male at birth but told Theron four years ago that she was actually a girl.
“Yes, I thought she was a boy, too,” Theron told The Daily Mail after paparazzi photos showed Jackson wearing dresses and skirts.
“Until she looked at me when she was three years old and said, ‘I am not a boy!’”
“So there you go! I have two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive,” the “Atomic Blonde” star said.
“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.”
Theron adopted Jackson in 2012 and her second daughter, August, in 2015.
“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 added, “and I will do everything in my power for my kids to have that right and to be protected within that.”
Theron has been an LGBTQ activist for many years. In 2009, she announced on The View that she wouldn’t get married to her then-boyfriend Stuart Townsend until everyone in the United States had a right to marry.
“I have so many friends who are gays and lesbians who would so badly want to get married, that I wouldn’t be able to sleep with myself,” she said while on the show.