You don’t have to tell Halle Berry that family is everything. She already knows that. The Monster’s Ball actress revealed she took a step away from the limelight to focus on herself in 2019, her children — Nahla and Maceo — and her “purpose” in life.
“Sometimes the most important word you can learn is ‘No,’” Halle captioned an Instagram post in October 2019. In the photo she shared, the Kidnap star listed several reasons why seeking Hollywood stardom just wasn’t for her at the time.
“I didn’t disappear. I traded: nights out for knowledge seeking, parties for intimate gatherings, chasing money for chasing purpose, meaningless work for my passion, being busy for protecting time, soul extortion for soul searching, living for others for living my life,” the message read.
After taking a step back from Hollywood, Halle was able to be more hands-on with her children. When her daughter, Nahla, was having problems with her hair, the Catwoman actress helped her out by giving her an at-home haircut. She described the big lesson she taught her daughter during an April 2020 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
“She was not cool with that, but it was our only option. But now she gets it,” Halle said after shaving Nahla’s head. “I was like, ‘First of all, maybe you’ll let your mother help you. And second of all, you learned you gotta brush your hair. Every day, you gotta brush your hair.’”
The Oscar winner is enjoying every single moment of motherhood with her kiddos and shared her joy on Instagram Live in 2020. “I’ve learned a lot being with my children,” she gushed of Nahla, whom she welcomed with ex Gabriel Aubry in 2008, and Maceo with ex-husband Olivier Martinez in 2013. “They are the best company for me right now, and when I divorced Maceo’s dad I’ve been pretty alone by myself going on three years now — decidedly so, for sure.”
By taking time for herself, Halle learned to be “proud” of the woman she is today. The Gothika star revealed that she no longer felt the need to be in a relationship or “rush” into something that’s “totally” not right for her.
“Not that anything’s wrong with the people I’ve been with, but I’m going to wait for my match or I will stay solo and be with my kids and do my life the way I’m doing it,” she explained.
In July 2020, Halle began dropping hints on Instagram that there was a new man in her life. She shared several photos over the summer cozying up with a mystery hunk. In September 2020, the Emmy winner wore a shirt with Van Hunt’s name on it in a photo. Soon after, they began posting selfies together, confirming their romance. Though the pair haven’t announced plans to tie the knot just yet, Halle’s son performed a sweet gesture that left the couple in tears.
“My son, Maceo, of his own volition, did this little commitment ceremony for us in the back seat of the car,” she told AARP in January 2022. “I think he finally sees me happy, and it’s infectious. It was his way of saying, ‘This is good. I like this. This makes me happy.’”
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