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Charlize Theron Opens Up About Her Father’s Addiction Battle

Charlize Theron Opens Up About Her Father's Addiction Battle

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Author: Shernide Delva

While watching YouTube on a lazy Sunday afternoon, I was interrupted by a trailer for Atomic Blonde, a movie starring Academy Award winning actress Charlize Theron. The trailer was not like any trailer. Instead, it showed the actress doing a variety of intricate stunts behind-the-scenes. The scenes were pretty fierce, and I decided right then and there that I really wanted to see this movie.

Charlize Theron grew up in South Africa and experienced some painful events in childhood. She opened up in a recent interview with Howard Stern about witnessing her father’s battle with alcoholism, and the tragic night that changed her life forever.

The Atomic Blonde actress told stern about the effect the unpredictable nature of her father’s alcoholism had on her.

“I think what more affected me for my adult life that happened in my childhood was more the everyday [life] of a child living in the house with an alcoholic and waking up not knowing what was going to happen,” she said. “And not knowing how my day was going to go and all of it dependent on somebody else and whether he was not going to drink or [not].”

Back in 2008, Theron first opened up about her troubled childhood in an interview with Diane Sawyer.  Theron’s childhood domestic situation took a turn for the worse when she was 15, she told Sawyer. Her life completely shifted on June 21, 1991, when her aunt called their home to warn her mother that Theron’s uncle and father were on the way home belligerently drunk.

According to testimony, when Theron’s father arrived at the house, he began shooting at the locked gate outside before firing into the kitchen door. Outside of Theron’s bedroom door, he announced, “Tonight I’m going to kill you both with the shotgun,” before shooting through her bedroom door.

In response, her mother grabbed a gun and shot at the two men to protect herself and her daughter. Theron’s uncle was wounded and her father immediately killed.

Referring to the incident, the 41-year-old actress, who is now the mother of two children, said, “I know that if my daughter was in the same situation, I would do the same thing.”

Theron says the fatal incident involving her father’s death left her in a state of shock.

 “I just pretended like it didn’t happen,” she told Stern. “I didn’t tell anybody—I didn’t want to tell anybody. Whenever anybody asked me, I said my dad died in a car accident. Who wants to tell that story? Nobody wants to tell that story.”

In the rest of the interview, Charlize Theron discussed a variety of things such as her 10-year relationship with Stuart Townsend, which she says she had to go to therapy to heal from. She also talked about her ambitions to be a ballerina which ultimately fell flat due to her height and knee issues.

Charlize Theron has had a long career in Hollywood. It is amazing to see where her story started from. Like Theron said, living with an alcoholic can be unpredictable and scary. If you are struggling or know someone struggling with alcoholism, please call now. We want to help.

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