Charlize Theron has said she is raising her first child Jackson as a girl, after first introducing her to the world as a boy.

The 43-year-old actress is mother to two children having adopted Jackson in 2012 and a second child, daughter August, in 2015.

Theron has now said Jackson was three when she told her: "I am not a boy", and says she is raising "two beautiful daughters".

She said according to The Daily Mail newspaper: "Yes, I thought she was a boy, too. Until she looked at me when she was three years old and said, 'I am not a boy!'

"So there you go! I have two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive.

"They were born who they are and exactly where in the world both of them get to find themselves as they grow up, and who they want to be, is not for me to decide.

"My job as a parent is to celebrate them and to love them and to make sure that they have everything they need in order to be what they want to be.

"And I will do everything in my power for my kids to have that right and to be protected within that."

Theron is next starring in the comedy Long Shot alongside Seth Rogen.