AceShowbiz - Behind her apparent tough demeanor, Charlize Theron has a traumatic experience as a child. She grew up with an alcoholic father, Charles Theron, who was shot to death by her own mother Gerda in 1991 because he threatened then-teen Charlize and her mother and physically attacked her mother. The shooting was legally adjudged to have been self-defense, and her mother faced no charges.
In 2017, "The Old Guard" star opened up about dealing with the family tragedy. "I just pretended it didn't happen," she told Howard 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." The actress said that she struggled with the idea of being seen as a victim until she started going to therapy in her late 20s and early 30s, but is now able to move on from it. "It's a part of me, but it doesn't rule my life," she declared.