Halle Berry has spoken out about her abusive father, revealing he is the reason she has been in therapy for more than 30 years.s
The 46-year-old actress detailed about her traumatic relationship with her father Jerome in a candid interview in the current issue of Hello magazine.
"I've done therapy on an as-needed basis since I was probably 10 years old," Halle told the publication.
"My father was an alcoholic and a very abusive one, and my mother knew the value of providing me with the outlet of an unbiased person to talk to, so I've done that all my life when times get stressful. It really helps me deal with stuff."
Halle has been unlucky in love and is currently embroiled in a bitter court battle with her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry over the custody of their five-year-old daughter, Nahla.
She is now engaged to model Olivier Martinez and says she is much happier, but still struggles to share her feelings with people close to her.
"I try really hard not to take my problems out on others and, in order to do that, I tend to mask the bad stuff or deal with it internally — you know, keep my chin up, put on a brave face and just keep going," she said.
"If I do have a problem, I handle it so well that most other people don't even know about it."