Earlier this morning we learned that Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubrey are ending their five-year relationship. The Oscar-winning actress and the Canadian model have a 2-year-old daughter together, Nahla Ariela Aubry, and have reportedly been negotiating custody in recent months.
Purportedly, "Gabriel just felt it wasn't working anymore ... When they were first together the 9-year age difference between them didn't phase him, she was the most beautiful woman he had ever dated and he was totally in love. But as time went on he started feeling it more and more." Halle Berry Sexiest Woman & Cougar?
We're not sure if we believe this explanation; we prefer to think that the couple eventually realized that dating one another was like mutually staring at the sun: Their otherworldly beauty was blinding, and they decided it was best to diffuse their spellbinding physical appearances among the general human population. Either way, we're saddened by their break-up, as it seemed to be Berry's first healthy long-term pairing. Following failed marriages to David Justice (amidst allegations of physical abuse) and Eric Benet (amidst admissions that he had cheated) Berry spoke to Essence about her relationship with Aubrey: "I feel more married now than I did in any of my actual marriages. We live the truth of that and that's more important than a piece of paper." Halle Berry Talks About Relationships
So although it's sad to see an apparently mature, loving relationship end, the pair seem to be working toward a way to end things well for the sake of their child.
"Gabriel's main concern was custody of Nahla, he loves that little girl more than anything, and wanted 50/50 joint physical custody of her, which Halle agreed to. Financially, Gabriel isn't in the league of Halle, but he still earns a decent amount from his modeling career, in the region of $700,000 per year, so he's comfortable and he didn't want a dime from Halle.
All Gabriel has asked for is the house they own together in Canada. Halle put the full deposit down on the house but Gabriel has made every one of the payments since. Halle agreed right away. As much as it can be it's been an amicable split."
Can we have his #?