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Richard Branson's Daughter Holly Says She Spent 7 Years Identifying As a Boy

Richard Branson's Daughter Holly Says She Spent 7 Years Identifying As a Boy

Richard Branson‘s daughter, Holly, is looking back at her childhood.

The 39-year-old appeared on a recent episode of Natalie Pinkham‘s podcast, In the Pink, and shared that she identified as a male for a period of time as she was growing up.

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“I, at the age of 4, decided I was a boy. It wasn’t that I wanted to be a boy, it was that I was a boy,” Holly revealed.

She added that she came to that conclusion not long after the birth of her younger brother, Sam and speculated that identifying as a boy was possibly “a psychological thing” linked to the attention her brother was receiving.

“I absolutely believed I was a boy — I stood up to pee, I dressed like a boy, I even gave myself different male names,” she said.

“This wasn’t just a quick thing that stopped after a few months or years, it lasted until I was nearly 11,” Holly continued.

“It was quite unusual, especially at that time [because] it was nearly 40 years ago,” she said, adding that she considers herself “lucky” that both her parents were “really accepting of it.”

“They didn’t question any of it, they let me be who I wanted to be,” she explained.

At 11 she began re-evaluating her relationship with her femininity and recalled a moment where she asked her mother for a dress as a Christmas present, which she looks back on as a “turning point.”

Holly‘s father Richard Branson is set to take a trip to space next week. Find out all the details here!

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