Back in 2010, when she was 18, news broke that Kathlyn Beatty, the daughter of actor and Oscar-winning director Warren Beatty and his wife Annette Bening, was planning to have a sex change. Consequent to that, Kathlyn Beatty became Stephen Ira. Close to a decade later, Kathlyn had moved on with life as a man and has been in a number of relationships.
He is also a poet and fiction writer, as well as the editor of a trans poetry magazine known as Vetch. Moreso, he is a strong voice as an activist for trans.
Who Exactly is Kathlyn Beatty and How Old is He?
It was on January 8, 1992, that Kathlyn Beatty was born in Los Angeles, California. He was brought up by his parents Beatty and Annette as the oldest of four children.
Kathlyn Beatty first came out as trans when she was 14. In 2011, she started hormonal treatment. By the time she came out as trans, she had already been living as a man for two years.
As a child, Kathlyn was home-schooled for some time before going to Arete Preparatory Academy in Los Angeles. While there, she registered as a boy under the name Stephen Ira and thanks to that, Beatty graduated as Stephen Ira Beatty.
She was educated at the prestigious Buckley School in Sherman Oaks. The expensive school which gulped as much as £20,000 a year as fees also had the kids of some of Hollywood’s most famous such as the daughter of Rod Stewart. In 2014, he graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a BA in Writing & Literature.
His works have appeared on various magazines and platforms such as DREGINALD, Sebastian Review, Transgender Vanguard, Spot Literary Magazine, and Specter Magazine. He also writes non-fiction and plays some of which he has performed.
Family and Siblings of Kathlyn Beatty
Stephen was born and raised in the family of Hollywood’s famous couple Warren Beatty and Annette Bening. Before his parents met, his mother was once married to actor J. Steven White while his father was a famous bachelor. They got married in 1992 and had Kathlyn Beatty (Stephen Ira) as their first child.
His parents met on the set of Bugsy and soon afterwards, they started dating. By the time they were done with the production, Annette found out she was already pregnant with Kathlyn who was born in January and the couple got married in March of the same year.
Ira has three other siblings; Benjamin Beatty who was born in 1994, Isabel Beatty who was born in 1997, and then Ella Beatty, born in 2000. Benjamin is like his parents, an actor who is famous for works such as Hail, Caesar! (2016) and UFO (2018). Isabel is also an actress and writer who has had roles in several works including Murder Tag (2018) and Baggage (2019).
In 2018, it emerged that Ella was trying to make it to into Juilliard School. This means that she may also be hoping to follow the footsteps of her parents and older siblings by entering the showbiz industry.
At first, it was pretty hard for Kathlyn’s family to accept that she was changing into a boy. However, they still later gave him their support, most especially her mother who was still left heartbroken by the decision. Her father, on the other hand, was said to be crushed with the decision of his daughter changing her gender, but he came around to accept it. His family still lives in Los Angeles, California.
Other Interesting Facts About Annette Bening’s Son
- 1. His father sees him as his hero
More than 2 decades since he gave any serious interview, Warren gave an interview in 2016, describing his transgender son as his hero. Warren described his son as a genius and revolutionary.
- 2. There is a huge age difference between his parents
Although his parents have sustained their union for more than two decades, they have a large space of 21 years between them in terms of age.
- 3. Dating
Describing himself as trans and gay, Stephen has been in some relationships in the past, although his partners are not known. In 2012, he revealed he had a boyfriend who made him a pair of socks for his birthday.
- 4. Kathlyn was named after his grandmother
When he was born as a girl, Stephen was named after Beatty’s mother who was a devoted Christian woman and a drama teacher.
- 5. Where he lives
Ira now lives in Iowa City, Iowa, where he writes and runs his magazine. He is also pursuing his MFA in Poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.