Charlize Theron has opened up about raising her transgender daughter, Jackson, revealing that she first learned of her child's gender identity when Jackson was 3 years old and stated "I am not a boy!"
In an interview with The Daily Mail, in which she was asked about her children, Theron explained: "Yes, I thought she was a boy, too."
"[My kids] 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."
She added: "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."
Theron revealed that her approach to parenting is inspired by her own mother, who celebrated authenticity.
"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," she said of her childhood in South Africa.
"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."
Jackson is now seven years old and has a three-year-old sister, August.