Halle Berry, 41, is happily engaged now but that happiness has been hard to come by. Berry is quoted in a report on Entertainementwise on Feb. `15 as saying she blames her absentee dad for the ‘wrong choices’ she has made in her life.
The Oscar award winning actress talked about the impact of growing up fatherless had on her life. Her mother Judith and father Jerome divorced when Halle was just four.
She told The Sun that she believes the lack of a father as she was growing up had a negative effect on her because she lacked that positive role model her father should have provided. She finds it difficult to admit that some of her choices have been wrong and that she has faced a good deal of pain because of her estranged father.
Today Halle is the mother of four-year-old Nahla, the child she had with then boyfriend Gabriel Aubry. She is also engaged to Olivier Martinez, an actor. Her romantic life has not without its own drama.
Last November, Aubry and Martinez were involved in a physical altercation that left Aubry bloodied and bruised. The dustup was over the difficult and ongoing custody battle between Aubry and the X-Men star.
Her first marriage to baseball player David Justice ended in divorce after just three years, leaving the actress depressed. Berry sought a restraining order against Justice. Her second marriage to Eric Benet lasted four years and also ended in divorce. Berry next dated Aubry for nearly five years before the couple announced their split in 2010. She then began dating Martinez which brings us to today.
Now Berry says, “But you learn from your mistakes. I see things much more clearly now. I’m very happy.”
“It took me time to figure out so many things in my life - who I was, how to become happy - before I could reach the point where I could be the kind of mother I wanted to be.”
“I don’t think I would have been as good a mother in my 20s or even in my 30s as I’m able to be now."
“Career is important, but nothing really supersedes my role as a mother. That’s the most important thing I’m going to do in this life at this point.”
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