Charlize Theron is not typically one to share much about her private life with the press or on social media.
But over the weekend, the actor posted a rare photo of her children — Jackson, 8, and August, 5 — to Instagram in honour of National Daughter's Day.
"My heart belongs to these two beautiful powerhouses," she wrote. "I will never be the same."
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The Bombshell star's daughters came into her life via adoption.
The 45-year-old had always considered that as her 'first option' for starting a family, something she's traced back to awareness of overcrowded orphanages in her native South Africa.
Theron filed applications in "whatever country" would permit her as a single woman. And after starting the process, it took two-and-a-half years and seven arrangements falling through before she became Jackson's mother in March 2012.
Their connection was instant.
"I got out of the car and I saw her through a window, and somebody was holding her," she told the podcast Five Things with Lynn Hirschberg. "My heart just jumped out of my body, and I almost couldn't catch it. It was a visceral, emotional feeling."
The same happened with August in 2015, shortly after the end of her three-year relationship with Sean Penn.
Both her daughters had been born in the United States.