Charlize Theron recalls the night her mother killed her father: 'I’m not ashamed'

Charlize Theron (PHOTO: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Charlize Theron (PHOTO: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Charlize Theron recently opened about the moment her mother, Gerda, killed her father in an act of self-defense.

The Oscar-winning actress told of how her alcoholic father, Charles, arrived home one night and, while in a drunken state, threatened her and Gerda with a gun, People reports.

"My father was a very sick man. My father was an alcoholic all my life," Charlize told NPR.

"I think our family was an incredibly unhealthy one. And all of it, I think, scarred us in a way. Of course, I wish what happened that night would have never happened."

The night of the tragic incident, Charles entered the family’s home with a gun. In an attempt to escape his senseless rage, Charlize and Gerda locked themselves in a bedroom.

"My mom and I were in my bedroom leaning against the door, because he was trying to push through the door," Charlize recalls.

"So both of us were leaning against the door from the inside to have him not be able to push through."

But then Charles fired three bullets through the door. Fortunately he missed, something Charlize calls a "miracle".

To protect her and her daughter, Gerda turned the gun on Charles.

"I’m not ashamed to talk about it," Charlize adds.

"Because I do think that the more we talk about these things, the more we realise we are not alone in any of it."

ALSO READ: Charlize Theron reflects on growing up in apartheid South Africa

(Sources: People, NPR, E! News)

(Photo: Getty Images)

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24