Megan Fox wants her three children to feel that they are free to be whoever they want to be—but protecting them from getting hurt along the way has proven challenging.
In a new interview, the Jennifer’s Body actress spoke about her nine-year-old child, Noah, who was born a boy, but likes to dress in traditionally female clothes.
Fox told Glamour UK that her kids, Journey River, 5, Bodhi Ransom, 8, and Noah Shannon, 9, whom she shares with ex Brian Austin Green, attend a school “where the other parents are similar in their beliefs” and the children aren’t as connected to the Internet “the same way that most kids are.” She said that while they know their parents are famous, their “knowledge of it is very limited.”
Fox said, “I knew when they were very young, I wanted to try to protect them however I could, especially limiting their exposure to the Internet. So far, we’ve done a really good job and we maintain their innocence in a lot of ways, but I know I can’t protect them forever, though I do have a child that suffers.”
She added, “So I have a lot of worries about that, because I just wish that humanity was not like this. Although my kid is so brave and my child is so brave and I know that they’ve chosen this journey for a reason. It’s just hard as a mom.”
Fox said that son Noah “started wearing dresses when he was about two,” and though she has done everything to try to educate herself on what he’s going through and make him feel comfortable in his decisions, not everyone has been as kind.
She told InStyle last year that Noah has been subject to “mean, awful people and cruel people,” online. “I don’t want him to ever have to read that sнιт because he hears it from little kids at his own school who are like, ‘Boys don’t wear dresses,’” she said at the time.
Fox told Glamour she “bought a bunch of books” on how to be a better parent and ally to Noah. “Some of the books are written by transgender children. Some of the books are just about how you can be a boy and wear a dress; you can express yourself through your clothing however you want,” she said. “And that doesn’t even have to have anything to do with your Sєxuality.”
She continued, “So from the time they were very young, I’ve incorporated those things into their daily lives so that nobody feels like they are weird or strange or different. I can’t control the way other people react to my children. I can’t control the things that other children—that they go to school with—have been taught and then repeat to them. That’s also why I don’t really put my children on Instagram or social media.”