Charlize Theron confirms daughter Jackson is transgender

Charlize Theron is the mother of two children, Jackson - who was adopted in 2012 - and August - who was adopted in 2015. 

Although her 7-year-old child Jackson was assigned male at birth, Theron has recently confirmed to the Daily Mail that she actually identifies as a female. 

“Yes, I thought she was a boy, too,” Theron told The Daily Mail, “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 “Long Shot” star shared. “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,” she continued. “And I will do everything in my power for my kids to have that right and to be protected within that.”

“You know, I grew up in [South Africa] 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,” Theron explained. “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."

Jackson's gender has been questioned publicly in the past, after multiple outings showed Charlize and Jackson dressed in feminine clothings, wearing tutus and dresses.

Last year, the Oscar-winning actress appeared on "The Ellen Show" where she got candid about the struggle of raising her kids.

“I’m a single mom, and I have an incredible village that helps me raise these two beautiful kids,” she said. “In the morning I have them alone and they kind of work against each other sometimes. One kind of decides to freak out and then both decide to freak out. I don’t know why they do that. You think they’d stand there and be considerate like, ‘Well, that one is freaking out right now, I’m not gonna freak out. I’m going to be nice and I’m just going to chill out and have my mom deal with that.’ But they don’t do that.”

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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: Charlize Theron, Sean Pennn and Jackson Theron (2nd R) is seen at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc day 3 of the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Danny Martindale/GC Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: Charlize Theron, Sean Pennn and Jackson Theron (2ndR) is seen at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc day 3 of the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Danny Martindale/GC Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Actress Charlize Theron and her son Jackson arrive at the Nice airport ahead the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images,)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Actress Charlize Theron and her son Jackson arrive at the Nice airport ahead the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images,)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Actress Charlize Theron and her son Jackson arrive at the Nice airport ahead the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images,)
NEW YORK - MAY 11: Charlize Theron and son Jackson get dinner at the Polo Bar on MAY 11, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11: Charlize Theron and her son Jackson Theron are seen having dinner at The Polo Bar on May 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - APRIL 18: Charlize Theron, Jackson Theron and Sean Penn attend the generationOn West Coast Block Party on April 18, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
CENTURY CITY, CA - APRIL 18: Charlize Theron, Jackson Theron and Sean Penn attends the generationOn West Coast Block Party on April 18, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
CENTURY CITY, CA - APRIL 18: Charlize Theron and Jackson Theron attend the generationOn West Coast Block Party held at Fox Studio Lot on April 18, 2015 in Century City, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
CENTURY CITY, CA - APRIL 18: Charlize Theron, Jackson Theron and Sean Penn attend the generationOn West Coast Block Party on April 18, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
CENTURY CITY, CA - APRIL 18: Charlize Theron, Jackson Theron and Sean Penn attend the generationOn West Coast Block Party on April 18, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 13: Charlize Theron and her son Jackson Theron sighting on January 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 24: Charlize Theron is seen with her son Jackson Theron on March 24, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 24: Charlize Theron is seen with her son Jackson Theron on March 24, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 16: Charlize Theron and her son Jackson Theron are seen arriving at Logan International Airport on March 16, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Charlize Theron is seen with her son Jackson Theron and mother Gerda Maritz on March 02, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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