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After years of public speculation, Hollywood actress Charlize Theron has confirmed that her daughter is transgender.

Seven-year-old Jackson, who was adopted as a baby and introduced to the world as a boy.

“Yes, I thought she was a boy, too,” Charlize 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. 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.”

She continued:

"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."