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'Not Ashamed': Charlize Theron Opens Up About The Night Her Mum Killed Her Dad

Actress Charlize Theron has opened up about the time her mother, Gerda Maritz, was forced to shoot Theron's father, Charles, in self-defence.

In an interview with NPR, the 44-year-old got candid on the terrifying night Maritz was forced to shoot her husband in order to protect herself and a then-15-year-old Theron back in 1991.

Explaining that her father was "a very sick man" due to alcoholism, Theron said:

"My father was so drunk that he shouldn't have been able to walk when he came into the house with a gun." She continued, "My mum and I were in my bedroom leaning against the door because he was trying to push through the door. So both of us were leaning against the door from the inside to have him not be able to push through."

He took a step back and just shot through the door three times," she added. "None of those bullets ever hit us, which is just a miracle. But in self-defence, she ended the threat."

Gerda faced no charges, with the shooting ruled to have been in self-defence.

While it was undoubtedly a horrific period of time for the 'Bombshell' star, she added that she isn't ashamed to speak out about her past so that her story may resonate with others in the same situation.

"This family violence, this kind of violence that happens within the family, is something that I share with a lot of people," she said.

"I'm not ashamed to talk about it, because I do think that the more we talk about these things, the more we realise we are not alone in any of it. I think, for me, it's just always been that this story really is about growing up with addicts and what that does to a person."

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These days Charlize is now a mother herself after adopting two children, Jackson and August, whom she adopted in 2012 and 2015 respectively.

Earlier this year, she spoke out about raising her first child Jackson as a girl after she told her at aged 3, “I am not a boy”.

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Charlize said of her eldest child to Daily Mail in April, "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!'”

She added, “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.”

Theron 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.”

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