Charlize Theron At The Age Of 15 Witnessed How Her Mother Shot Her Dad In Self-Defense

December 18, 2019

Charlize Theron recalls how she witnessed at the age of 15 the tragic moment her mother had to shoot her alcoholic dad in self-defense.

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Tragic moments from childhood

Charlize Theron is one of the most beautiful and world-famous actresses of our time. When people look at this charming blonde, they can never imagine all the struggles she faced as a child.

Charlize Theron’s father was abusive. Moreover, he suffered from alcohol addiction. Initially, these factors led to the biggest tragedy of her childhood and teenage life.

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Painful revelation

In a recent interview with NPR, Charlize Theron recalled the moment how her mother killed her dad in self-defense.

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Charles Theron overdrank than night in June 1991 and threatened Charlize’s mom and her with a gun. Gerda tried to protect her daughter. When Charles shot through the door of their room, she fatally shot him in self-defense.

Charlize recalled that dramatic moment:

None of the bullets ever hit us, which is just a miracle.

The actress added:

I’m not ashamed to talk about it, because I do think that the more we talk about these things, the more we realize we are not alone in any of it.

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Important life lesson

Charlize Theron says living with an abusive father was more traumatic than his death. The actress even had to take therapy to heal the ‘scars’ from her childhood.

Charlize said at that time:

I didn’t want to feel like a victim.

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Nobody knows what’s going on behind the closed doors of other families. It’s good to know that Charlize Theron could leave her painful childhood memories in the past.

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