Charlize Theron adopts baby boy and names him Jackson

Charlize Theron is a mother! Single actress adopts baby boy and names him Jackson

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21:15 GMT, 14 March 2012

Charlize Theron has become a mother for the first time.

A spokesperson for the Young Adult star confirmed that the 36-year-old Academy Award winner has adopted a baby boy named Jackson.

In a statement to Us Weekly, they said: 'Charlize Theron has adopted a child. She is the proud mom of a healthy baby boy named Jackson.'

Getting in some practice: Charlize Theron cuddled a friend's baby boy at a shoot for her new film Snow White and the Huntsman in L.A in January

Getting in some practise: Charlize Theron cuddled a friend's baby boy at a shoot for her new film Snow White and the Huntsman in LA in January

The blonde, who bagged her Oscar for
her visceral portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, split
from long-term boyfriend Stuart Townsend, 39, in January last year.

She dated the Irish actor for nine years, and many expected the pair to marry.

But despite the romantic disappointment, Charlize remained adamant that she wanted to have a child.

And she talked openly about the idea of adoption being an appealing option for her.

 Her most exciting role yet: Actress Charlize Theron at the Golden Globes in January this year, she has just welcomed a baby boy into her life

Her most exciting role yet: Actress Charlize Theron at the Golden Globes in January this year, she has just welcomed a baby boy into her life

Theron
told Germany's In Touch magazine in August last year: 'I want a baby.
If it would happen tomorrow I would be very happy.'

When asked if she would consider adopting as a single mother she said, 'Why Not I'm open to everything in life.'

Charlize has previously spoken out about
adoption when she said, “There are so many unwanted children on this
earth and it's our job to care for them. And if we don't we're doing the
world a disservice.'

And at the end of January this year, she was spotted tenderly cradling a friend's baby son at a shoot for Snow White and the Huntsman in LA.

Mom-in-training: Charlize was spotted filling up her car in L.A last week, she was wearing a floral dress that befits her new status

Mom-in-training: Charlize was spotted filling up her car in L.A last week, she was wearing a pretty, dressed down floral frock

Racy: Charlize's latest role saw her playing a tragic 'psychotic prom queen' who refused to grow up, it may have spurred her on in her determination to have a family

Racy: Charlize's latest role saw her playing a tragic 'psychotic prom queen' who refused to grow up, it may have spurred her on in her determination to have a family

Racy: Charlize's latest role saw her playing a tragic 'psychotic prom queen' who refused to grow up, it may have spurred her on in her determination to have a family

Lost love: Theron and Stuart Townsend arrive at the AFI FEST 2009 screening of The Road in LA on November 4, 2009

Lost love: Theron and Stuart Townsend arrive at the AFI FEST 2009 screening of The Road in LA on November 4, 2009

She joins a growing group of other single celebrity mothers who have decided to give a child a home.

Denise Richards, Sandra Bullock, Sheryl Crow and Madonna have all gone down this route.

Of course, the original was Angelina Jolie who adopted her son Maddox before she started a relationship with Brad Pitt.

Evil Queen: Charlize plays the ultimate villainous in this Summer's Snow White and the Huntsman

Evil Queen: Charlize plays the ultimate villainous in this Summer's Snow White and the Huntsman

Bleak: Charlize last appeared on the big screen as the tragic Mavis Gary, who refused to accept she was getting older

Bleak: Charlize last appeared on the big screen as the tragic Mavis Gary, who refused to accept she was getting older

Performance of a lifetime: Charlize in 2003's Mosnter with Christina Ricci, who played her lesbian lover

Performance of a lifetime: Charlize in 2003's Monster with Christina Ricci, who played her lesbian lover