Halle Berry's abusive love
- Bang Showbiz
- 12 November 2009
Halle Berry has revealed her mother was the victim of domestic abuse, which led the actress to be attracted to abusive men
Halle Berry used to be attracted to abusive men.
The Oscar-winning beauty regularly witnessed her father attack her mother when she was growing up and says it affected her choice in partners.
She said: "My mother was a battered woman and that was my childhood for a good chunk of it.
"Early on in my life, I made choices, and I chose men that were abusive because that was what I knew growing up."
However, she underwent therapy and learned what to do if and when a relationship became violent.
The 43-year-old actress has now found happiness with model Gabriel Aubry, the father of her 19-month-old daughter Nahla.
She is also using her experiences to help others who have suffered domestic abuse and works closely with the Jenesse Center, a Los Angeles-based shelter which provides support for victims.
Halle - who was honoured by the centre four years ago for her humanitarian work - said: "I care, I really care about these women and children."