Actress Kate Hudson took to Instagram on Monday to address confusion about her recent comment that she is taking a “genderless” approach to raising her 3-month-old daughter Rani.
“Recently someone asked me something along the lines of, if having and raising a girl is different from boys,” Hudson wrote. “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.”
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Rani is Hudson’s only daughter and her first child with boyfriend Danny Fujikawa. Her two sons, Bingham Bellamy, 7, and Ryder Robinson, 15, are from previous relationships.
When asked if having a daughter would change her approach to parenting during an interview with AOL, Hudson responded: “It doesn’t really change my approach, but there’s definitely a difference.”
“I think you just raise your kids individually regardless – like a genderless [approach],” Hudson continued. “We still don’t know what she’s going to identify as. I will say that, right now, she is incredibly feminine in her energy, her sounds and her way.”
Hudson said she wanted to clarify that she isn’t using “some new age method” to raise her kids, as some people might have believed when reading the headlines about her AOL interview.
“Me saying a ‘genderless approach’ was a way of refocusing the conversation in a direction that could exist outside of the female stereotype,” Hudson wrote. “It just felt a little antiquated to me. Not all girls want to be a princess, some want to be a king. And that’s fine by me.”
Hudson added that she is just trying to raise her children to be good people who are equipped to survive in the world. She also said she’d be okay with her kids identifying “with something different than what others want them to identify as.”
“I raise and will continue to raise my children, both my boys and girl to feel free to be exactly who they want to be,” Hudson wrote. “To feel confident in their life choices and feel loved and supported no matter what.”