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Fertility Road Issue 14

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  • Charlize
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F E R T I L I T Y R O A

F E R T I L I T Y R O A D C E L E B R I T Y S P O T L I G H T Born to be a mum, A-list celebrity and Hollywood star, Charlize Theron has put her sometimes difficult life experiences to good effect by founding a charity in Africa promoting the awareness of HIV and aids. And in 2012, after a two year process, she adopted her son Jackson, which finally allowed her to fulfil her dreams of having a family she could call her very own harlize Theron’s life story makes for extraordinary reading. Her unconventional childhood in South Africa, together with the death of her father at the hands of her mother and the loss of her chosen career as a dancer through injury are a far cry from the celebrity status she now enjoys as one of Hollywood’s most successful actresses. Charlize’s rise to success against this difficult backdrop and her refusal to be defined by the tragedy and grief that character- ized her early life mark out her tenacity and determination to live life to the full. Charlize’s Hollywood success against the odds, her charitable activism and her decision to adopt in 2012 as a solo mother following the breakdown of her long-term relationship are proof that fortitude, passion and hard work can make dreams come true. Early years Charlize’s childhood was spent in South Africa, the daughter of a German mother and an alcoholic father. She grew up on a working farm outside of Johannesburg speaking Afrikaans. From an early age, Charlize demonstrated a passion for dance and aged 13 her parents sent her to boarding school and she began her studies at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg. Aged 15, Charlize witnessed her father physically attack her mother and threaten both her mother and herself while drunk. Her mother shot dead her father in front of her, which was legally determined to be self-defence and her mother was not prosecuted. Charlize struggled to come to terms with the WORDS BY LOUISA GHEVAERT death of her father and she created a long-standing story that her father had instead died in a car crash. The loss of a parent can be very difficult to deal with, but the circumstances of her father’s death when she was just 15 were devastating and traumatic. Charlize later explained in an interview with webzine IndieLondon that “It was a way, at the time, of explaining his death. I didn’t want to go in the reasons or the event itself. I have now come to terms with that and have been able to move on”. Family life as Charlize knew it disappeared forever when her father died. Charlize and her mother had to look to a different future together. Charlize later told IndieLondon “It made me realise that life deals you some really nasty cards and you just have to play them. I can remember thinking ‘I want other cards than these’. I walked away from that experience, knowing that I had two clear choices. I either drowned - or started swimming, very fast. Things had been really bad between my father and me”. Charlize and her mother stuck together and seized the first opportunity that came their way when Charlize was talent spotted by a modelling scout in Johannesburg the following year. It was a chance to escape their difficulties, travel and for Charlize to begin to make her own way in the world. » © Chris Pizzello 12 | WWW.FERTILITYROAD.COM | APRIL - MAY 2013

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