Despite Halle Berry‘s gorgeous looks, abundance of awards and effortless charm, she grew up in a household that was dominated by domestic abuse. Recently the Oscar-winning actress sat down with CNN and discussed the affects the experience of abuse had and still has on her personal life.
“Before I’m Halle Berry – I’m little Halle growing up in this environment, that damaged me in some ways, she says. And I’ve spent my adult life trying to heal from that. I think I’ve spent my adult life dealing with the sense of low self-esteem that implanted in me. Somehow, I felt not worthy.”
It’s no secret that the Monster’s Ball star has also been in abusive relationships. According to HipHopWired, she gives advice for other women that are in the position she once was.
“Get out – don’t stay a moment longer,” she says. “If there’s no shelter, go to a friend, go to the police station, go somewhere, but go.”
Still healing from an upbringing that caused her to deal with self-esteem issues, Berry takes time out to volunteer at the Jenesse Center for victims of spousal and parental abuse.
“I come here sometimes and I see the kids, I play with the children. So I’m just regular old crackers to them, and I love just being regular old crackers, I have to say,” she says. “I have a spot in my soul that understands the devastation that this causes a family and how hard it is to rebuild your self esteem when you have suffered.”
Halle Berry stars in Frankie & Alice set to hit theaters worldwide February 4. -Niki McGloster