Charlize Theron Had the Perfect Response to Daughter Saying She Needs a Boyfriend

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Charlize Theron’s children may both be under 10 years old, but the actress is not afraid to teach them some grown-up lessons about life.

The star of The Old Guard talked to Diane von Furstenberg on a recent episode of the designer’s InCharge with DVF podcast and shared that her 5-year-old daughter, August, once told her that she needs a boyfriend.

Theron decided to make it a teachable moment.

"I said, 'Actually, I don't. Right now, I feel really good,' and she's like, 'But, you know what, Mom? ... You need a boyfriend, you need a relationship,' " recalled Theron. "And I was like, 'I am in a relationship. I'm in a relationship with myself right now.' "

Theron further explained that it’s important to her to stress that women don’t “need” a relationship. She said that upon telling her daughter she was in a relationship with herself, the child had "this look in her eye, like she had never really contemplated that that was even a possibility and I said, 'That is a really important thing for you guys to know.' "

“We are raising a generation of young girls who realize that there is absolutely no shame in that game to be in a relationship with yourself — to not fall into what society kind of predicts for us as what is socially acceptable: If you are not in a relationship, somehow you're a failure," Theron went on. "Those are all constructs that we need to change. I remember two days ago just looking back in the rearview mirror and seeing my little 5-year-old's face; her mind was blown. But I know that that was the day that she realized there's a different possibility."

The Oscar winner’s children are both adopted and Black. Theron adopted Jackson in 2012 and August in 2015, sharing with Jimmy Fallon last year that she’ll be letting them “find themselves” and won’t force her South African “ancestry” on them.

“I am raising two beautiful proud black African girls and I want them to find themselves and not necessarily push my ancestry on them,” she said.

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