Halle Berry recently opened up about her past failed relationships with men. The 46-year-old actress and mother admitted that “her picker’s broken” when it comes to selecting a mate.
In an interview with T, The New York Times Style Magazine, Berry talks about her career, recognition, and upcoming role in Cloud Atlas. She also talks about why she seems to have such bad luck with men, saying, “God just wanted to mix up my life. Maybe he was thinking, ‘This girl can’t get everything! I’m going to give her a broken picker.’ ”
Berry has been involved in several high-profile relationships. Her four-year marriage to baseball player David Justice resulted in a suicide attempt, her second husband Eric Benet admitted to cheating on her repeatedly, and she’s currently embroiled in a custody battle with the father of daughter, Nahla, Gabriel Aubry, reports Yahoo! News.
“Just because they see my face doesn’t mean they see me. A person’s self-esteem has nothing to do with how she looks,” she says, referring to her admitted low self-esteem. “If it’s true that I’m beautiful, I’m proof of that. Self-esteem comes from who you have in your life. How you were raised. What you struggled with as a child.”
Berry says that much of this comes from being raised by a single mom, and troubles fitting in being bi-racial.
“My mother tried hard,” Berry says. “But there was no substitute for having a black woman I could identify with, who could teach me about being black.”
“I always had to prove myself through my actions,”she recalls about being the lone black student in a nearly all-white school. “Be a cheerleader. Be class president. Be the editor of the newspaper. It gave me a way to show who I was without being angry or violent. By the time I left school, I had a lot of tenacity. I’d turned things around.”
Berry will return from a slight hiatus in Cloud Atlas, but is reluctant to brand it a “comeback.”
“I never went anywhere,” she says. “I just seized the chance to be in an extraordinary film with an extraordinary cast, exploring an idea that’s relevant to everyone.”
Also speaking about her engagement to Olivier Martinez, Berry says that her “picker” is apparently “fixed now.”