Halle Berry’s half sister says that their dad wasn’t abusive and wasn’t an alcoholic

Last week, Halle Berry’s older half sister, Renee Berry, told In Touch that she thought Gabriel Aubry needed a better chance to co-parent his daughter Nahla. She said “You don’t get your wings by holding grudges… I hate that she’s going through with this custody battle. I’m sure it’s difficult for both her and Gabriel, but they should remember that the child comes first… If he wants to be a father, he should be allowed to do so.”

Renee, 51, has a new interview with The Daily Mail and she doesn’t pull punches when it comes to her relationship with Halle and some of the things that Halle has said about her father. Halle’s dad had Renee with another woman before he met Halle’s mom. The way Renee tells it, their dad liked to drink and he did spank them, but he wasn’t abusive like Halle claims. Renee also says that Halle has cut herself off from their side of the family, and that the would love to meet Nahla.

The actress’s half-sister Renee Berry, 51, accused the Oscar winner of cutting off the African-American side of her family.

Renee, a food service worker from Alabama, is desperate to reconnect with her famous sister, especially when she is going through such a difficult time in the courts.

Renee is the daughter of 44-year-old Halle’s late African-American father Jerome and Edwina Taylor – who broke up with him shortly before he started dating the actress’ mother Judith Hawkins.

Although Jerome and Judith split up when Halle was just four years old, Renee remained ‘very close’ to the future Hollywood star while they were growing up – despite cutting herself off from her father after the divorce.

Renee told the Daily Mirror: ‘I’m sad to say it seems like she does not want anything to do with us. I have not spoken to her in about five years.

‘I tried to contact her through her website, to congratulate her on her Oscar, but no one got back to me.

‘We would love to meet Nahla. We are desperate to understand why Halle is so upset, why she feels she cannot be with us.’

In interviews over the years, Halle has alleged Jerome was a violent alcoholic who beat her mother Judith in front of her and sister Heidi.

In an interview two years ago, Halle said: ‘I saw my mother battered, and could not do anything to stop it.

‘My father was tyrannical, lashing out at her for no reason. I felt the effects that had on our family – I’ve experienced what these women have gone through.’

Renee claims Halle was angry with her when she made a public plea to visit Jerome when he was dying from Parkinson’s Disease.

Despite Halle’s negative memories of her childhood with Jerome, Renee paints a very different picture of their father as a ‘good man’.

She said: ‘My father never beat any of us. He would spank us from time to time, but he never abused us. He liked a drink or two, like anyone else does, but he was not an alcoholic.’

[From The Daily Mail]

I hate that I’m defending Halle but both Halle and Renee could be right about their dad. It’s possible that Renee remembers it one way and Halle remembers it another, or that their dad was abusive to Halle’s mom but not to Renee’s mom. Also, the stuff about being estranged from the “African American” side of their family was written by The Daily Mail and Halle’s sister didn’t directly say that. She just said that she’s upset that Halle hasn’t talked to her in over five years. Halle is not the most stable or reasonable person but we don’t know the history there. Her sister seemed earnest about wanting a relationship with Halle and her quotes weren’t that sensational. The fact that Renee is so willing to talk to the press makes me question her side of the story, though.

Halle Berry was at the Costume Designers Guild awards last night in Beverly Hills and she looked amazing. That draped red dress would earn her best dressed at the Oscars. It’s gorgeous.

Photo credit: WENN.com




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  1. Crash2GO2 says:

    She looks absolutely stunning here, no doubt about it. As for the rest of it, I think it’s a ‘he said she said’ kind of a situation.

  2. brin says:

    I didn’t even know she had a sister til recently. Family relationships can be complicated (espeically when it’s out in the public eye). Hope this doesn’t turn ugly.
    Halle looks gorgeous.

  3. sisi says:

    the top pic seems a little larger than usual. It goes over the advertisements and quick links&pics on the right side

    Edit: I mean the hot posts, but I couldn’t see the title because of Big Hally

    edit 2: never mind, it’s normal now : )

  4. RHONYC says:

    i don’t like most of her looks but halle is looking fab in that 2nd shot.

    gotta give to her for keeping those clavicles are ‘sexy & sharp’, honey! :lol:

  5. whateva says:

    oh pls they didnt even live in the same home how can she say whay halle saw was a lie…… she wants money end off…

  6. carrie says:

    gorgeous dress and about the story,it is named “meal ticket syndrome”

  7. Genevieve says:

    I would literally get married in that dress IT IS GORGEOUS!!!

  8. sunseeker says:

    Love the dress, she looks really good, but of track, where is Oliver Martinez?
    I am sorry still don’t like her very much.

  9. Rita says:

    Yes, that dress and the lady in it look incredible. Wish Halle would work hard to be the woman she looks like.

  10. Isabel says:

    I really, really don’t like her, at all….but gotta give her props. She is just stunning in that dress. Absolutely stunning.

  11. Violet says:

    stunning dress. sick of halle berry and her stories though.

  12. I can relate to the part about how people can remember things differently. I’ll bet my sister thinks she was the best big sister out there. She wasn’t.

  13. Marjalane says:

    I wouldn’t be so quick to label this as “meal ticket syndrome”. Five years is a long time to ignore a family member and if this sister tried to contact her and Halle ignores her for five years, and then when Halle gets her self inserted into the news and someone asks the sister for a quote, why wouldn’t she say something? I think Halle Berry thinks everyone is after her money, and only wants to have relationships with people who have their own money; She tossed out the money thing about Gabriel Aubrey too. The stuff the sister said wasn’t salacious or demeaning. She gave her account of how she viewed their father, and it is normal to defend someone who’s been wrongly characterized as an abuser. Something Halle just can’t bring herself to do with Nahla’s father! I think Halle Berry is one of those obnoxious people who get off on “being a victim”. It’s pathetic.

  14. LittleDeadGirl says:

    I have to agree, in this case we don’t know the full story, and if her sister truly wanted to connect with Hallee she’d do it privately. Pulling this kind of thing in the public reeks of wanting money or attention and nothing more.

    Def “meal ticket syndrome”

  15. Violet says:

    is it a pinkish berry colour though or an orange-red?

  16. Amy says:

    Yes, she looks beautiful- there was never any doubt that she’s gorgous. But it reminds me of what I tell my two year old daughter when she struts around in princess clothes saying, “me pretty:” what I say to her is, “What matters is that you’re pretty on the inside too.” Halle is not pretty on the inside, from what we’ve recently seen she’s pretty darn ugly. I have a tendency to believe the sister based on Halle’s absolute lack of credibility. Or, at least, the dad probably wasn’t as bad as victim Halle has made him out to be.

  17. sharylmj says:

    my sister and I grew up in the same house, same parents and same relatives and we had COMPLETELY different childhood memories… I really think it depends on the child and were the parents were in their lives. I would agree that Halle and her sister have different opinions because their dad could have been totally unhappy or unhealthy with one mom and completely happy with the other.. that would make a big difference.

    PS.. that is a beautiful dress! it fits her perfectly..

  18. KJ says:

    Whatever color it is, it’s a BEAUTIFUL color on her. That dress. I want.

  19. devilgirl says:

    I believe Halle has another sister in addition to the half sister. I think her name is Heidi.

  20. sassenach says:

    Halle’s mother has also talked about how her father was abusive so is she a liar too?

    Her half sister had no business going public to ask Halle to reconcile with her father. Halle, Heidi and her mother are all very close so I doubt that this is a case of Halle lying. Having an abusive father will also explain her horrible choice in abusive/asshole men.

  21. nycmom10024 says:

    Except Halle’s mom, the one who was abused says he was abusive to her.

    Halle looks beautiful here.

  22. TXCinderella says:

    Halle looks beautiful in this dress! Glad to see she ditched the too short “I’m over 35 and desperate to look hot” look that she’s been putting out there lately for this function. You can be hot and sexy and still classy. Stay away from those too short mini’s Halle! Anyone over the age of 35 should go knee length.

  23. mymy says:

    I don’t think this woman is trying to get anything from Halle. I just think she is telling the truth.I have no doubt the father was not abusive. Just look at all Halle’s lies about the men in her life. David Justice did not abuse her and she acted crazy with him. Eric Benoit was not sexually addicted to sex. Yes he cheated on her. But she needed it to be about sexual abuse and not the fact that someone would in their right mind cheat on the wonderful Halle.It is about woman being victims. Halle is the queen of this.
    Plenty of stars do this. Because plenty of stars are narcissists. And that’s what they do.Lie
    A few people who lie about past abuse
    Jessie James
    Elton John
    Oprah(I have no doubt she gave Halle advice on this. She has said people love a good abuse story}
    Just read what these family members have said about the allegations of abuse. It is beyond reprehensible.

  24. Melanie says:

    She and Charlize Theron are the most beautiful women on earth. CT seems cool but the more beautiful the women, the crazier she may be. (She has been ALLOWED to be I mean)

  25. justforpostin says:

    I can’t pay attention to this piece because I’m mesmerized by that dress. I honestly don’t know when I’ve seen anything more beautiful, on anyone. Ever.

  26. Grace says:

    I love the dress! I hate her hair. She looks much better with longer hair.

  27. mln76 says:

    Marajalane & mymy when you talk to a tab you are getting paid so yeah it’s meal ticket syndrome plain and simple. I am not a Halle fan but her sister is being a petty bitch and exploiting her troubles. And I tend to believe the Dad was abusive, because where else did big sis (and Halle) learn their behavior from but dear old Dad.

  28. Toe says:

    “Anyone over the age of 35 should go knee length”

    Tina Turner looks fab in a short skirt. SHAME if she should hide those awesome legs.

  29. Whatever says:

    “The fact that Renee is so willing to talk to the press makes me question her side of the story, though.”

    Or she could be tired of hearing her father characterized as an abuser, if he really wasn’t abusive. Who knows? I’m just saying that if someone said my dad was abusive and he wasn’t, I’d set the record straight. It is interesting that Halle threw out random accusations of abuse at Gabriel after they split when there appears to be no evidence of abuse. Unless I am mistaken, she has done this in other relationships too. Maybe her mom did the same thing and Halle doesn’t remember abuse so much as she remembers her mom trashing her dad.

    Anyway, the dress is awesome! It’s rare that I love and want a dress a celebrity is wearing, but I want that one! I can wear it carting the kids to basketball practice, right? :)

  30. Rose says:

    She has one of the best nose jobs i’ve ever seen.

  31. Trey says:

    She picked exactly the best place to wear a red dress too… a black carpet. Shows off that red amazingly, totally unlike anybody wearing red at a big “Red Carpet” event. Whenever that happens, they become lost in a sea of different shades of red; and the different shades thing screws with your thought-processes.

  32. DGO says:

    I love the dress, and Halle looks gorgeous!

    That said, I’ve heard Halle give contradicting interviews about her Dad. For example, she once said he remained close to her even though he divorced her Mom, and that he used to read to her every night at bedtime until she was 13. Yeah, definitely weird, and I thought she was making it up because she didn’t know what normal was. But she also said he gave her a strong foundation as far as the African American community goes, and that she and he were very close as she was growing up. Then part way she switched and suddenly he was an evil monster. We see her doing the same thing with boyfriends, so who knows what is reality in Halle-World.

  33. lilred says:

    @Whatever: You could totally wear that to take the kiddies to basketball practice.How cool would that be lol.

  34. icantbelievethis says:

    My step-sister and I have totally different views our my dad. He was a jerk to her but never laid a hand on her or her mom. I had moved away by then. On the other hand I grew up watching him hit my 1st step mom and me. He also hit my mom. Her mom wouldn’t put up with ever being hit (and wouldn’t let her daughter be hit) so her upbringing was different than mine. She still talks to him all them time and doesn’t quite get why the rest of us moved away and do not visit.

    So yes, just b/c Renee has one view doesn’t mean he wasn’t abusive to Halle’s mom.

    I still don’t like Halle. I know women who claim every man (after they break up) is abusive. It is sad and it can ruin an innocent person’s life.

  35. Quest says:

    I can agree that different children have different experiences with the same parent. Sometimes parents can be harsher or more strigent on one but not on the other. With this being said, it could be a matter of perspective for both ladies as to what their relationship with their dad was.

  36. Liana says:

    She looks so gorgeous. Too bad she’s a bit of a headcase.

  37. anonymous says:

    The first thing people think about is money failing to look at Halle Berry public personna. Halle accuses every man she has been with,so far with wanting her money, so why people don’t think, that she feels the same way about her own family, money can’t make you happy after the first $75,000.00 your satisfaction threshold for wants, needs and desires have peaked and you are almost like everybody else so you had better have good friends, and family and you can’t take it with you.

  38. malachais says:

    Well Renee obviously doesn’t know her sister very well; airing dirty laundry through a tabloid magazine isn’t going to get her anywhere NEAR Halle. Calling BS on Halle’s childhood stories pretty much killed any possibility to Renee getting near Halle anytime soon. I swear, this woman couldn’t use intelius or do some research to locate Halle’s publicist? Good grief.

  39. Kim says:

    ITA She will never meet Nahla now

  40. Solveig says:

    The dress is beautiful, but in close ups it’s just too much.
    I believe they remember different stories, but I also understand that maybe Renee made peace betweeen herself and her troubled past, and maybe she’s trying to defend her dead father from Halle’s attacks, because he cannot defend himself.

  41. mymy says:


    “because where else did big sis (and Halle) learn their behavior from but dear old Dad.”

    Dear old mom.Family’s where on child is adored by a parent”golden child” Halle create narcissism. I believe due to her narcissism. It is one part heredity,one part family created. Her mother is a narcissist.
    As far as being paid I fail to see this as proof this woman is doing it for money. If she hasn’t spoken to the media but one other time. Imploring Halle to come to the father’s side when sick. I can not agree she is after the money. My take is this Gabriel fiasco triggered her memories as to how TERRIBLE Halle treats everyone. Just try’s to shut them out of her life . Also the familiar lies of abuse cropping up this time directed at Halle’s child’s father. Straw that broke the Camels back.Shoot the messenger if you want to. But I think if anything this woman is sick of halle’s lies and it’s lasting damage to her father and her family. I say she has shown discretion in this. Nothing from her before this Gabriel bashing.
    Halle is not the victim. She is the bully

  42. OXA says:

    Hallucinator has a full Sister: Heidi Berry. Older; Halle is estranged from her; the actress told Movieline in December 2001/January 2002: We fought a lot. We don t know but part of me feels that we never recovered from the adolescent years. We fought for real. Sometimes drawing blood. I moved away from home at such a young age that the relationship never quite repaired itself. Seems like its Halle that can not sustain relationships, discarding people when she has no use for them.

  43. serena says:

    “-is desperate to reconnect with her famous sister..” YEAH, she’s so fucking desperate to talk to the press and make money.. poor Renee! Really, she piss me off like hell.
    And she wants what?? To meet Nahla?? And she even gave free (from the press) co-parenting advices??
    I know, she even want to publish a picture of her, Halle and Nahla all of them smiling and saying “we are happy, we love eachother”.
    Please, fuck off bitch.
    If Halle doesn’t want to meet her, surely there is a reason (I can see why.. FAMEWHORE-SISTER..COUGHCOUGH*). And yes, I think her father was abusive, she can be crazy and all, but I don’t think she lies about her past nor that her mom do.

  44. S_____ says:

    I always bring this stuff back to my own life, but…
    My dad had two marriages and families. In the first he was not abusive (according to my older half sister); in the second he was, according to me. I guess he took out his pain on his younger more compliant wife.
    So, I can see how this would be true.

  45. Jane says:

    If the sister was asked for a interview and she has no idea why Halle has given her and her family the silent treatment, then I can understand her answering the questions.

    Halle probably is not pleased her half sister publicly does not agree with her about their dad. But, I don’t blame Rene if she never knew the man to be abusive and she defends him. Rene should defend her dad if her experience with him was different than what Halle experienced.

  46. DGO says:

    Which sister is Halle always blabbing to the press about? Remember she talked about her sister giving birth to a boy with Down Syndrome and then said she was so close to them? Guess she lied about that, too.

  47. Lisa Turtle says:


    Totally agree with you. Two siblings can experience very different sides of a parent, and have very different experiences growing up. Renee is only Halle’s half sister, and probably lived with her mother during the time that Halle’s parents were together. I think its very unfair of Renee to come out and make a public statement like that. If I were Halle, this certainly would not make me pick up the phone and reacquaint myself with my estranged half sister.

    Sometimes when a family member is toxic, you need to cut them out. A sister who makes excuses, who tries to portray the abuse and the alcoholism as normal may certainly be toxic. Especially if Halle is in therapy.

    Considering Halle’s issues with men, I seriously doubt that she fabricated the stories of abuse. She has clearly experienced something that has damaged her, and left a scar that has affected her relationships with men ever since.

    Either way, its shitty of Renee to come out and give a private interview about something that is none of her business and has not been for many years. If she wanted to say something she could have said “My father was never abusive to ME” because ultimately, she can only speak for herself.

  48. sunseeker says:

    I have never talked about this but I suppose to a lot of nameless people its easy. My father was not obusive, in fact I never knew my father, my mother was the controlling abusive one. Halle reminds me a lot of her. I honestly think Halle would not abuse her daughter, but she will be controlling. My mother made my life a living hell until I left at 18, she left my father when I was 2 years old. Told me what a rubbish man he was with no redeeming qualities. I never ever saw him or my grandparents on my fathers side,
    I have never been in a relationship which has been abusive. Any mistakes have been my own, not my mothers bad behavious. You can not blame your mistakes on your childhood, we are adults now and are responsible for own own mess. I would definitley not go on OPRAH. And if Eric Benet or any other partner was abusive or a cheater, you walk. She had money, career etc, no need to stay. The only thing that has come out of this is that I have a really good relationship with all my daughters and have tried very hard to let them make their own mistakes, but have always been there for support.

  49. Angel says:

    OMG she looks so hot :D Don’t care what her sister said, I heard they don’t talk with each other, maybe that’s why Renee said this.

  50. Jeannified says:

    She is gorgeous and always wears her clothes well. TOo b ad she’s a nut job!

  51. Jezi says:

    Totally agree about two siblings thinking differently about their childhood. My fiance’s father used to beat him nearly everyday. To his sister she thought that her brother was just disobedient and got spanked for bad behavior. My fiance remembers the abuse totally different. Different people, different perceptions.

  52. kazoo says:

    it sounds like halle cut off contact with her when she did an interview asking halle to see their father before he passed away.

    idk, maybe i’m weird but i feel like announcing family issues so publicly is an ultimate violation.

  53. Camille says:

    The dress might be nice, but the thing in it isn’t.

    As for the article as Crash 1# said, it’s a ‘she said, she said’ thing. Been there done that with that type of thing myself. I wouldn’t believe all that Halle says though, she strikes me as a major Drama Queen (along with all of her other issues).

  54. gmfuhlman says:

    I feel the same way that you do sharylmj. Because my brother and I have COMPLETELY different childhood memories, and so I believe that this is true for Halle. Also I believe that there is a reason why Halle has stops talking to certain member of her family. And I believe this might be one of them.

  55. Isa says:

    Two different relationships, which means that either one could’ve been right.

    Sometimes people get together and bring out the worst in each other.

    She looks amazing. Beautiful. Love that dress. Her skin is perfect.
    But I still think she’s crazy in the head.

  56. JenJen says:

    I don’t blame Halle for wanting nothing to do with her. Selling out to the tabloids probably won’t change that.

  57. Cherry Rose says:

    She looks simply lovely in that dress.

    As far as the whole “he wasn’t abusive/is abusive” it could totally be different for each child. For some parents, one child/mother can do no wrong, while another, every single they do can trigger something in them and cause them to lash out at them.

    However, talking about it in the press is not a great way to reconcile with someone.

  58. Hakura says:

    @Amy“Halle is not pretty on the inside, from what we’ve recently seen she’s pretty darn ugly.”

    Totally agreed. All this recent show of her ‘ugliness’ makes it so hard for me to see her as beautiful. She just ruined it for me.

    As to the ‘abuse’ issue, it’s entirely possible both she & her sister are telling the truth. As others have pointed out, they didn’t live in the same house, or witness the same ‘relationship between parents’ as they didn’t share mothers. It’s also possible that his alcoholism became worse during the time he was with Halle’s mother, which affected his behavior & caused him to be abusive.

    *BUT*… I have to admit. After seeing how readily Halle played the racist/abuser-card during her dispute with Gabriel (which wasn’t true at all), it’s hard not to question her previous accusations of abuse. There’s just no excuse for that BS.

    It’s really unfortunate, because seeing someone become a ‘victim of abuse’ simply because it suits their purposes… just casts doubt on those experiencing/or having experienced real abuse. Even worse because Halle is hurting a cause for which she acts as a representative.

  59. SassyOne says:


    I hate to sound cynical,but the sister must have a hidden agenda for trying to make HB’s father more “normal” than HB has previously indicated.

    I think she’s trying to cash in somehow.

  60. Virgie says:

    I don’t believe the sister. I think the dad did abuse Halle. I came from an abusive family as well and the family dynamics within the household is psychological. One person is the scapegoat in which everybody blames that person for something or they just put off all of their negative energy on that person and it could actually be over nothing or something the person has done. In order for the other child to survive and not be the victim they will lie for the parents and back the parents up especially if the parents start to appear to favor them or vaunt them above the abused child they’re not particular about. That’s why Halle doesn’t contact this woman. She’s practically saying all the hell she’s gone through was imaginary and that she’s just making something up. She could legitimately be doing this in order to be cruel or she truly doesn’t psychologically understand how negative her household was.

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