With the news of Halle Berry’s third divorce breaking, the actress sat down with Extra to reveal that focusing on charity work is helping to keep her mind at ease.
“I keep pushing, she said. “When you step outside yourself and focus on others, that’s always the best remedy for any situation that you’d rather not be dealing with,” she said.
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Berry was in Los Angeles attending a benefit for the Jenese Center, a national domestic violence intervention and prevention organization, a matter that is all too familiar to her. The Academy Award-winning actress has openly admitted to growing up in an environment of domestic violence and, later in life, being a victim herself.
While her exes, former baseball player David Justice and R&B singer Eric Benet have recently been on Twitter airing their dirty laundry since news of the Berry’s latest divorce, she isn’t dwelling on their pettiness.
“Women are so often devalued and marginalized and minimized,” she confessed. “We grow up with that belief of ourselves. So when we find ourselves in an abusive relationship, we don’t think we’re worthy to be out of it. We don’t think we deserve better,” Berry confessed.
But she reiterated a common notion to help women who are in need of the strength to find a way out of these relationships.
“If a man, or anyone, lays their hands on you one time, they will do it again. You have to go, you have to love yourself enough and your kids enough to go.”