Reese Witherspoon's daughter Ava has sent a powerful message to fans, days after she shared that she did not consider gender when dating.
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"I can and will block profiles commenting bigoted/hateful messages under my posts," she wrote on instagram on Thursday. "My Instagram profile is not a place for cruelty/hate speech and I intend to do what I can to keep it that way." She signed off with "peace and love".
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The statement came after she was quizzed by fans over her sexuality, and she replied: "I'm attracted to... people! (Gender is whatever)."
The oldest child of Reese didn't elaborate on how exactly she identifies.
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Pansexuality is the official term for people who feel a sexual, romantic, or emotional attraction towards people regardless of their sex or gender identity, and they often describe themselves as gender-blind.
Ava is currently dating her boyfriend, Owen Mahoney, who is a fellow student at UC Berkeley.
Ava told fans she would not hesitate to block hateful followers
She is the eldest daughter of Oscar-winning actress Reese, who is also a mom to Deacon, 18, and Tennessee, nine.
The Morning Show star recently shared what it's like to have children growing up in the spotlight, and revealed how she and husband Jim felt "lucky enough to have friends who grew up in Hollywood and can help give them advice on how to navigate".
"Ava is so down-to-earth. She wants to do great things in the world. She's studying and learning and trying to find herself," she told Instyle.
Reese has given her approval to the couple with a sweet comment
"It’s a big thing in life to try different things and figure out what is really your path. It’s an odd situation because I didn't grow up famous. So [Ava is] living an experience that I did not have, and so are my sons."
Ava was also asked on Instagram if she thinks her life would be different if her parents weren't celebrities.
"Yes. Very," said the star whose dad is Ryan Phillippe. "That said though, I wouldn’t change a thing. The good and the not so good all made me who I am and gave me so many amazing opportunities. And my parents get to do what they love, which is super cool."
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