‘It’s not for me to decide’: Actress Charlize Theron says she will ‘love and support’ her children’s choices after revealing eldest son Jackson, 7, identifies as a girl
The Hollywood actress recently announced that she is raising her eldest son Jackson, seven, as a girl.
And fully supportive of Jackson’s decision to identify as female, Charlize Theron insisted it’s ‘not for her to decide’ who her children are and will instead ‘celebrate, love and support’ their choices.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph’s BW magazine, the 43-year-old said she wants her children to enjoy figuring out who they are and who they want to be.
Supportive: Charlize Theron has said her children’s choices are ‘not for her to decide’ but to ‘support and celebrate’ after revealing her eldest child Jackson identifies as a girl
Speaking of the prejudice her children may face, Charlize told the publication: ‘My oldest is already a little aware, but I watch that she enjoys this moment.’
‘She gets to find herself and who she wants to be – for both my kids, that’s not for me to decide.’
Charlize pointed out: ‘My job as a parent is to celebrate that and to love and support that… to make sure that they have everything they need in order to be who they want to be.’
‘That’s not for me to decide, they are born who they are’: The 43-year-old actress says she wants Jackson to enjoy finding out who she is without the fear of prejudice
The Long Shot star is he mother to two adopted African-American daughters, now three and seven.
She had introduced her eldest child Jackson as a boy when she first adopted her brood and over the years, rumours circulated suggesting Charlize was raising Jackson as a girl.
Addressing the speculation in April, Charlize confirmed Jackson identifies as female to the US Daily Mail.
When asked about Jackson, she 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!”‘
‘So there you go! I have two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive.’
Charlize, meanwhile, also spoke about her single status in her interview with BW and admitted she always tends to ‘make herself smaller’ when she is dating to try and ‘better’ her relationship.
As a result, she admits she would rather ‘stay single’ instead of changing who she is for a partner, as it only leads to resenting the other person.
‘I’d rather be single’: Charlize also discussed dating in her interview with BW magazine and insisted she’d rather be single than changing who she is to be in a relationship
Charlize recently found herself at the centre of rumours she is dating Brad Pitt, but was quick to deny such speculation and shut down the claims.
She previously dated her Trapped co-star Stuart Townsend between 2001 and 2010, with the actor giving her a ‘commitment ring’ during their relationship.
Charlize later became engaged to Sean Penn. They were together for two years, later ending their relationship in 2015.
Former love: The Hollywood star was previously engaged to actor Sean Penn – they called time on their relationship in 2015 after two years together