Home and Away star Mat Stevenson adopts his transgender daughters best friend
Former Home and Away star Mat Stevenson has adopted his transgender daughter Grace Hyland's best friend Belle Bambi after her own father allegedly walked away from her when she transitioned from male to female.
It comes as Grace proudly revealed the news on TikTok over the weekend, telling her 229,000 followers: "We're sisters now! My BFF's dad left because she's trans. So we did this!"
The sweet video clip shows Grace giving Bambi a bouquet of flowers, before it cuts to Mat clutching an adoption certificate and kissing Bambi on the cheek.
Grace said: "He's always supported me, and he wants to support Bambi, too".
Bambi posted a similar video on her own TikTok account, displaying Mat signing the unofficial adoption papers as she declared: "He's adopted me!".
Although it is not an official legal document, the certificate symbolises that Bambi has chosen mat as her 'dad' moving forward, which makes Grace her 'chosen sister'.
Grace has previously documented her male-to-female transition on social media after she first began identifying as a girl at the age of 12.
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Mat shot to fame as Adam Cameron in Home and Away, and he has always expressed his support for his daughter during her journey.
He spoke about Grace's transition on The Sunday Project earlier this year, and explained how his friends reacted after they learned about Grace's gender identity.
He admitted that some of his friends struggled and he had to ask them to simply "show some empathy", whereas others were "pretty seamless" and "got it".
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Grace confessed she knew she was supposed to be female as early as the age of four or five, and began her transition at the age of 12.
She enlisted the help of doctors and psychologists for a year before she started any physical treatment.
She said: "I came out at 12 and then I went through a gradual transition until I was 14, to grow my hair out, to get my name change sorted, to sort out my blockers,"
"And then by the time I was 14, I was fully presenting as Grace to the public and at school."
Grace said she would not be where she is today without her father's amazing support.
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