Kate Hudson Clarifies Her Comments on Her "Genderless Approach" to Parenting
"Saying I’m raising my daughter to be ‘genderless’ is silly and frankly doesn’t even make sense.”
Ten days after her AOL interview — in which she spoke about parenting daughter Rani Rose, 3 months, plus sons Bingham Hawn, 7, and Ryder Russell, 15 — was published, the 39-year-old actress took to Instagram with a message to clear up any confusion.
“Recently someone asked me something along the lines of, if having and raising a girl is different from boys,” Hudson began in her note. “My response was simple. Not really. The whole click bait tactic of saying I’m raising my daughter to be ‘genderless’ is silly and frankly doesn’t even make sense.”
The star originally told AOL in her interview, “[Having a daughter] doesn’t really change my approach, but there’s definitely a difference,” she shared with the outlet. “I think you just raise your kids individually regardless — like a genderless [approach]. We still don’t know what she’s going to identify as.”
Hudson went on in her Monday Instagram post — which she disabled comments on — to say her aim is to “raise and continue to raise” both her sons and daughter “to feel free to be exactly who they want to be. To feel confident in their life choices and feel loved and supported no matter what.”
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“Me saying a ‘genderless approach’ was a way of refocusing the conversation in a direction that could exist outside of the female stereotype,” she continued. “It just felt a little antiquated to me. Not all girls want to be a princess, some want to be king. And that’s fine by me.”
Hudson explained that she understands some may “want to take the headline earnestly as if I have some new age method of raising my kids and I really do hate disappointing people but, I don’t.”
“I just try to raise my kids to be good people with the best tools to face this big crazy world,” the How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days star added.
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No matter how her kids identify, Hudson — who shares Rani with boyfriend Danny Fujikawa, Bing with ex Matthew Bellamy and Ryder with ex Chris Robinson — wants them to know that she loves and supports them.
“If they grow up and identify with something different than what others want to identify them as … Mama’s cool with it!” she wrote. “I keep it simple cause we all know raising kids is anything but!”
“Happy Monday,” the actress ended her note, adding a red heart emoji and signing off with, “Much love, Kate.”
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