Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron has revealed that her eldest child is transgender.

According to the actress, Jackson, 7, was born a boy but told Theron four years ago that she was actually a girl, shares Daily mail.

“Yes, I thought she was a boy, too,” the 43-year-old admitted in a recent interview. “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 actress 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.”

“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, and I will do everything in my power for my kids to have that right and to be protected within that.”

She laughs: ‘You can blame my mum 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 mum 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.’

Charlize adopted Jackson in 2012 and her other daughter, August, was adopted three years later.

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  • Her child will be supported and hope she can protect them from her spotlight.


  • Its great that she’s such a supportive mum. But 7 is too young to know anything for sure. 3 is certainly too young. Especially as it happened right around the time a sister popped up on the scene. I hope she’s as understanding if it all turns out that she has a normal boring son. Wait til at least puberty hits and they have more understanding around the whole thing.


  • She’s a lovely caring mum and that’s great to see


  • Refreshing to see. Hopefully she’s able to explain to him how some people might not be as accepting and that it’s not his fault, it’s their lack of understanding.


  • Being supportive of her child is a wonderful thing, but it worries me how the child will grow in the public eye when teenage hormones haven’t even started yet.


  • She’s right. Our role as parents is to keep our children safe, to protect them, and to raise decent human beings.


  • Totally against this. The child is 7, not 17 and educated enough in life to say things like this.
    We are filling our young children’s heads with too much cr&p and gentle gentle approach.


  • How wonderful that she is such a supportive parent.


  • Not sure that he would know at that young age but it doesn’t matter. Charlize is letting him know that no matter what he decides he will always be her child and she will always be there for him.


  • At THREE years old she told you she was not a boy? A toddler??? It’s one thing when they are old enough to be who they want to be but this is ridiculous.


  • This is beautiful


  • I think the real message here is one of a parent who is saying that they will support and love their child regardless of how they identify themselves. That’s incredibly beautiful.


  • This is once again a case of the world going mad. How can someone that age be transgender, someone that age shouldn’t even know what the word means.


  • This is disgusting! My daughter is almost this age and has on separate occasions told me she is a dog and can actually fly. What makes it worse is that she was allowed to adopt. No child at 3 can comprehend who they are sexually – this fruit loop has ruined a child’s life!


  • I would take this too serious yet. This child is still very young. Every child goes through a whole series of stages forming their personality and their sex type personality and each child does that on it’s own pace, dependent of it’s personal, cultural, social and family circumstances


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