Rupert Everett grew up wanting to be a girl - but warns of dangers of sex change operations for children


Actor Rupert Everett has warned about the dangers of children having sex change operations, suggesting there should be a way for them to embrace the "ambivalence" of their gender rather than resorting to medical procedures.

The 57-year-old, who is gay, revealed he wanted to be a girl as he grew up and dressed exclusively as one when he was a child.

Rupert Everett (Andrew Medichini/AP/Press Association Images)
Rupert Everett (Andrew Medichini/AP/Press Association Images)

And he suggested that Caitlyn Jenner, the TV personality who was formerly Olympian Bruce Jenner, had made a mistake in undergoing gender transition and had "no clue" in what being a transsexual involves.

Rupert, currently starring in the BBC 1 show The Musketeers, told the Sunday Times magazine: "I really wanted to be a girl. Thank God the world of now wasn't then, because I'd be on hormones and I'd be a woman. After I was 15 I never wanted to be a woman again."

Caitlyn Jenner in 2016 (David Crotty/AP)
Caitlyn Jenner in 2016 (David Crotty/AP)

He believes parents who "get medical" are scary, adding: "It's nice to be allowed to express yourself, but the hormone thing, very young, is a big step.

"I think a lot of children have an ambivalence when they're very young to what sex they are or what they feel about everyone. And there should be a way of embracing it."

He also spoke of how former girlfriend Beatrice Dalle, the French actress, thought she may have been pregnant with his child.

Rupert Everett
Rupert Everett (Ian West/PA)

Rupert told the magazine: "She and I often talk about what would have happened if we'd both had this child. And I would have loved to have had that child, actually.

"God, it probably would have been in rehab by now."

He also revealed that he is "turning into his mother", and plans to move back in with her in Norfolk.