Former Home and Away actor Mat Stevenson has adopted his transgender daughter Grace Hyland’s best friend Belle Bambi, after Belle’s own father allegedly rejected her for transitioning from male to female
Mat Stevenson, a former Home and Away star, has adopted his transgender daughter Grace Hyland’s best friend Belle Bambi after her own father supposedly abandoned her when she transitioned from male to female.
Grace announced the news on TikTok over the weekend, telling her 229,000 fans, “We’re sisters now! My BFF’s father left because she is transgender. So that’s what we did!”
Grace presents Bambi with a bunch of flowers in the video clip, which then switches to Mat clutching an adoption certificate and kissing Bambi on the cheek.
“He’s always supported me, and he wants to support Bambi as well,” Grace explained.
In a similar video that she shared on her TikTok account, Bambi exclaimed, “He’s adopted me!” as Mat signed the unofficial adoption papers.
Although it is not a formal legal document, the certificate denotes that Grace has been chosen as Bambi’s “sister” and that Mat will now serve as her “dad.”
Grace first started identifying as a girl when she was 12 years old, and she has since shared photos and videos of her male to female transition on social media.
Mat gained notoriety as Adam Cameron in the television series Home and Away, and he has consistently shown his support for his daughter in her endeavors.
On The Sunday Project earlier this year, he discussed Grace’s transition and described how his friends responded when they found out about Grace’s gender identity.
He acknowledged that while some of his pals had difficulties and he had to just “ask them to show some empathy,” others had it “pretty seamless” and “got it.”
Grace admitted that she started transitioning at the age of 12, although she had known she was intended to be a woman since she was four or five.
Before beginning any physical therapy, she sought the assistance of medical professionals and psychologists for a whole year.
“I came out at 12 and went through a gradual transition until I was 14 to grow my hair out, get my name changed, and sort out my blockers,” she said.
When I was 14, I started fully appearing as Grace in public and at school, she continued.
Grace claimed that without her father’s incredible support, she would not be where she is now.
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