The South African 40-year-old Charlize Theron, known most recently as Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road, is one of many celebrities to adopt domestically – and one of many women to adopt as a single mother.
In 2012, Theron adopted an African American baby boy and named him Jackson. She always wanted to adopt a baby, even if it meant as a single mom.
“Why not? I’m open to anything in life,” Theron told Australia’s Madison Magazine.
Theron’s decision to adopt a baby wasn’t one she made overnight, as her mother recently reminded her of a letter she wrote as a child:
“Would you please take me to an orphanage, so that I can go and adopt a baby?” it read. “I always knew I would adopt. Always.”
And even though she is a single mother, following the ending of her long-term relationship with Stuart Townsend, Jackson wasn’t necessarily an only child.
“From the moment this baby come into our home, (our) two dogs have never been more in love,” Theron told Us Magazine. “It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever witnessed.
Theron shared that her pitbull, “Blue,” even wakes up for every feeding and diaper change.
Adopting baby Jackson wasn’t an overnight process, as many people believe is possible for celebrities. Theron waited nearly two years to complete the adoption process, but it was all worth it once she finally held Jackson for the first time.
Theron recalled her mother telling her: “You know, it took me nine months to fall in love with you while you were growing in my stomach, and it took you two years to fall in love with this little baby.”
“It took two years of waiting, and then one day, it’s finally there, and it feels exactly how it’s supposed to feel,” Theron said. “I don’t know how to describe it. It just feels right.”
In 2015, Theron was ready to adopt again, and she welcomed a little girl into her family, who she named August. Her second adoption did not take as long as the first, the whole process lasting around six months. Today, they are a happy family of three (plus the pooches), and Theron serves as a model for single parents and adoptive mothers.
- Charlize’s little angel! First look at Theron’s adopted son Jackson as she debuts him out of his baby capsule for the first time – Daily Mail
- Charlize Theron Tearfully Recounts Two-Year Process of Adopting Baby Jackson – US Weekly
- Charlize Theron Adopts Second Child, Baby Girl, After Sean Penn Split – US Weekly