Charlize Theron has likened press intrusion to being raped.
The actress is currently touring to promote her new film A Million Ways to Die in the West, which has included countless photo calls and interviews.
She likes to keep her private life out of the spotlight and made a controversial statement while discussing media attention.
“When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start feeling raped.”
Charlize, 38, has acknowledged that she’s dating actor Sean Penn but only rarely discusses their relationship. She also has adopted son Jackson and says anything to do with her child is strictly off limits to the public.
“Well, when it comes to your son and your private life. Maybe it’s just me,” she answered when asked if she meant to express herself so strongly.
“Some people might relish in all that stuff but there are certain things in my life that I think of as very sacred and I am very protective over them.
“I don’t always win that war but as long as I don’t have to see that stuff or read that stuff or hear that stuff then I can live with my head in a clear space, which is probably a lot healthier than living in that dark room.”
Charlize’s comments sparked outrage on Twitter, where users made it clear that her reference to rape was not welcome.
“Stupid woman has no idea (sic),” one posted, while another added: “Charlize Theron you are an idiot.. That is all. (sic)”
The blonde star recently claimed that while she acknowledges how lucky she is, she doesn’t think most people would want her life.
“Oh, I’m sure there’s a lot of aspects to my life that a lot of people wouldn’t want,” Charlize mused to the British edition of Esquire magazine.
“Just personal choice things. Like the fact that I’m single at 38. That’s not necessarily what a lot of women want. I mean unmarried. But I’m just saying; a life is good if it’s the life that you want.”
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