Halle Berry has recently opened up about getting divorced three times.
The 50-year-old Catwoman star attended the 2017 City Summit and Gala in LA, where she opened up about her several divorces and her failed relationships.
“I have learned to deal with three failed marriages, which has not been easy, especially when there’s children involved,” the actress admitted.
She has two children from previous relationships. 8-year-old Nahla, which she had with her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry, and 3-year-old Maceo which he had with her most recent partner Olivier Martinez, who she broke up with last year. She was also married to Eric Benet and David Justice.
She claims that going through these breakups caused a lot of “pain and anguish”, and she says that women “go into marriage thinking it’s going to last forever and that this is our prince on a shiny horse. That’s what fairy tales taught me as a kid.” But the actress no longer believes in the fairytale love, saying she’s “anti-fairytales today.”
“But we go in there with that hope, so when it falls apart it feels like a huge failure and a huge disappointment. I’ve often felt guilty and responsible. I’ve suffered a lot of pain and anguish,” Halle added.
But the heartbreak has led to Berry focusing on being a mom to her two young kids. “Right now, being mom is my most important job and I now know that everything I do, everything I say and everything I offer them is really important,” the Oscar winner said. “I say lots of things, but I think what’s more important is that my children watch what I do. I’m more mindful of how I live my life and what they see me do.”
She also opened up about what she does to instill good values in her children, saying that she’s very involved with Jenesse Center, which is a domestic violence prevention center.
The family has also started a yearly tradition of giving Christmas presents to children in need, and she proudly admitted that it’s having a good effect on Maceo and Nahla.
“They get so much out of handpicking each one of those toys and giving that to some other child, telling that child a story and making sure they’re going to take care of it,” she shared. “It makes them feel really good about themselves.”