Charlize Theron on her upbringing: My mom taught me to be brave

Charlize Theron on her upbringing: My mom taught me to be brave

- Charlize Theron thanks her mother for making her into the woman that she is today

- Her father was an abusive alcoholic which made her childhood pretty tough

- The actress uses her life lessons to help others and through it all, she is brave

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Moms are always there to give us the strength we need. Charlize Theron is grateful for all that her mother taught her.

Charlize Theron, now 43-years-old, is forever grateful for giving her the ability to be brave. Her mom, Gerda, was in sadly in the position of being in an abusive relationship.

Unfortunately the marriage ended in tragedy. Gerda was attacked by her husband, Charles, and she shot Charlize’s father in self-defence which left him dead.

The actress was only 15 when the incident happened but applauses her mother for being a great mom helping her to deal with her struggles.

On Monday, the ‘Tully’ star was speaking to Extra at the Women in Hollywood event hosted by Elle magazine, and shared some of her thoughts. learnt that she is of the opinion that all of us have to find our own path in life as we are not born with the knowledge of how or where and the capability of making those difficult decisions, especially for young ladies. It has no bearing on who you are or where you come from, we all have decisions to make.

Charlize says she is extremely grateful for the mother she had that instilled in her to be brave and without that she is not sure who she would have been today.

The actress has adopted two children, Jackson who is six, and August who is three. She spoke about the trials and tribulations the family endured with her father’s alcohol addiction and the killing of her father.

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She kept it all a secret not telling anyone because the truth be told she did not want to speak about it. When she was asked, her reply would be that her father was in a fatal car accident.

Being such a young child, she was devastated living with a father whose mood you were never sure of because him being an alcoholic his moods changed rapidly. Due to this, Charlize still has trouble depending on others.

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The consequences of her childhood have filtered into her adulthood. She says it stems from the day-to-day living in a home with an alcoholic and for a child to wake up not knowing what the day holds is so unsettling.

She could never depend on her father because her events for the day were dependant on whether or not her father was going to drink or be sober!

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