“I feel like as her mother, for me, it was important to let the world know that I would appreciate it if they would use the right pronouns for her,” the 44-year-old South African actress said in an interview with Pride Source.
Theron told Pride Source that although her “daughter’s story is really her story” and “one day, if she chooses, she’ll tell her story,” the actress deemed it important that the general public became aware so that people could properly address Jackson as she grows up.
“I think it became harder for us the older she got that people were still writing about her in the wrong pronouns, and also I was still talking about her in the press using the wrong pronoun. It really hurt her feelings. I don’t want to be that mom, and that was really why I said what I said a while back,” Theron explained, reports Insider.
She initially informed Daily Mail that Jackson identified as a girl in April with the hope that the press would respect Jackson’s decision and refer to her using the correct pronouns.
“Yes, I thought she was a boy, too. Until she looked at me when she was 3 years old and said: ‘I am not a boy!'” Theron told Daily Mail.
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