Charlize Theron has revealed that she is ‘raising two beautiful proud black African girls.’
The South African actress spoke candidly about her family on The Graham Norton Show, which is set to air on Friday night, days after revealing that she has been raising her adopted child Jackson as a girl after the seven-year-old was introduced to the world as a boy.
‘I’m 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,’ the Oscar winner, 43, revealed.
Charlize, who was in the London for the premiere of her new movie Long Shot, continued to explain: ‘I have taught them a little Afrikaans, but it’s a language filled with very conflicted history.’
The Hollywood star first exclusively revealed to the Daily Mail, that she was raising Jackson as a girl alongside her three-year-old sister, August. The Monster actress revealed:
‘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!”‘
She continued: ‘So there you go! I have two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive.’
For years now, rumours have swirled that Charlize has, in fact, been raising Jackson as a girl, who she introduced to the world as a boy when they were adopted.
‘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.’
Charlize explained: ‘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.’
Strong family ties has always been important for the Afrikaans star, whose story of early childhood trauma in South Africa is well known.
When Charlize was just 15-years-old, her father returned back to their farm outside of Johannesburg in a rage threatening to kill Charlize and her mother, Gerda. However, in a turn of events, it was Gerda who shot him in front of Charlize’s eyes, in an act of that was later deemed self-defence.
Adoption was always in Charlize’s plan, and she adopted Jackson in 2012, and August in 2015.