Charlize Theron had a tumultuous childhood, where she saw firsthand what dysfunction can do to a household. On “The Drew Barrymore Show,” she revealed that was something she didn’t want to recreate for her daughters. “I’m so proud that my kids live in a home where they feel safe, and they feel like they’ll never have to walk on eggshells…” she said. told the talk show host.
According to Theron, his young life was unpredictable. In an interview with NPR, she said, “My dad was a sick man. My dad was an alcoholic all my life. The actor faced serious verbal abuse from him. According to ABC News, one night his father came home drunk and armed, along with his uncle. Agitated, he threatened Theron and his mother, Gerda Maritz, saying, “Tonight I’m going to kill you both with the shotgun. »
His father would then shoot Theron’s bedroom door as they hid, thankfully without hurting anyone in the process. The terror only ended when Maritz got his own gun and shot both Theron’s father and his uncle. The uncle was injured after the shooting, but his father succumbed to his wounds and died that night.
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