Charlize Theron has spoken out about her daughters, saying she is raising ‘two beautiful proud black African girls’.
The 43-year-old recently revealed that her eldest child Jackson, who she was introduced to as a boy, identifies as female. And the Monster actress delved further into being a mother to two girls as she discussed raising Jackson, seven, and three-year-old August while appearing on The Graham Norton Show.
Charlize, who is South African, admitted that while she isn’t forcing her own ancestry on the girls, she has taught them some of her home country’s language.
Speaking to Graham Norton while promoting The Long Shot with Seth Rogen, Charlize said:
‘I have taught them a little Afrikaans, but it’s a language filled with very conflicted history.
‘I am raising two beautiful proud black African girls and I want them to find themselves and not necessarily push my ancestry on them, but I have taught them two very sweet Afrikaans songs about politeness.’
Charlize adopted Jackson and August from South Africa, and is raising both of them as daughters, after Jackson told her mum at the age of three that she was not a boy. The actress told the Daily Mail:
‘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.’
‘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.’
Charlize added that her acceptance for Jackson’s identity stemmed from her mum Gerda, saying:
‘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.’
The Tully star adopted both her children as a single parent, and previously revealed that adoption was always her first choice for starting a family. Charlize told Elle last year:
‘Adoption is a very personal thing—I know people whom I love dearly who don’t feel that they could raise another child as their own. I respect that. But for me—and I can’t be the only person out there—I never saw a difference in raising an adopted child versus my own biological child. I don’t feel like I’m missing out on something. ‘This was always my first choice, even when I was in a relationship. I was very honest with my partners that I was open to having my own biological kids but that adoption had to be a part of my life. I felt that strongly about it.’
Written by: Emma Kelly