Halle Berry had to finalize her divorce so Olivier wouldn’t get her money


Just before the New Year, Halle Berry suddenly dropped the news that she and Olivier Martinez had finalized their divorce. It was surprising because they actually seemed to have reconciled after their initial separation and divorce announcement. It was also surprising because it seemed uncharacteristically drama-free. There wasn’t even some huge tit-for-tat in the gossip media following the divorce finalization. There was one story on People Mag, sourced from Team Olivier, with someone telling the mag: “He always hoped that they could work things out. He never expected to be divorced. He and Halle always had a very passionate relationship. There was a lot of arguing, but also a lot of love.” Sources also confirm that he and Halle will coparent their son and that Olivier is committed to staying in LA to be close to Maceo.

But we still didn’t know why Halle was suddenly hellbent on finalizing the divorce. Well, TMZ thinks they know why – it’s because she’s about to hit a big payday and she didn’t want Olivier to get a slice of it.

Halle Berry needed to be a single woman by the end of 2016 … because she had some big deals on the line. According to the divorce docs, obtained by TMZ, Halle needed the divorce to go through before 2017 “due to pending contracts and deals.” It’s clear from the docs Halle didn’t want Olivier to get a piece of the action. She even says the negotiations for the deals were initiated long after they separated.

TMZ broke the story … Halle and Olivier Martinez are officially single after filing final divorce docs last month. They will get joint legal and physical custody of their 3-year-old son Maceo. Most interesting … they both ran to the courthouse at the same time to file for divorce, and each wanted to be the petitioner — the one who called it quits. Olivier agreed to let Halle do the honors, so she can say she left him.

[From TMZ]

Ah, I see. I guess that’s why they haven’t 100% worked out the financial part of their divorce too. We all thought that custody would be the issue between them, because custody (and money) was the issue between Gabriel Aubry and Halle. But my guess is that this is probably right on the money, so to speak. She doesn’t want to pay Olivier any more than she has to. Community property rights in California and all of that. It will be interesting to see if this turns into something bigger. Watch this space!


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  1. detritus says:

    What new projects?
    Extant was cancelled, is she in something that’s post production now?

    • V4Real says:

      Extant wouldn’t have been considered a new project. That show started in 2014.

      Berry has completed a couple of new projects recently though.

      • detritus says:

        I really thought Extant hadn’t even started yet, until I read it wasn’t renewed for season 3 last night.
        That’s honestly the ‘newest’ I can think of without resorting to IMDB.

    • African Sun says:

      Halle needs to give up the acting side for now. Her perfume did OK and her work for Revlon brought in African-American customers.

      More $$$ to be made in lifestyle.

      • tracking says:

        African Sun, what you say about money is probably true, but I hope she sticks with acting. I’ve loved some of her performances (Losing Isaiah, Monster’s Ball), just never understood why she ended up in so many crappy projects.

      • detritus says:

        I agree, she could make a lot of money off of lifestyle branding. She’s a hot, famous, single mom on the prowl. She’d be a great ‘get’ for any brand looking to appeal to wider audience.

  2. prissa says:

    Oh boy. I wish these things were not public. Divorce should be a private thing between the parties involved.

  3. marc kile says:

    This is her what her 2nd or 3rd marriage after that many the problem is you crazy lady!!!!!!

  4. Joannie says:

    I can definitely see her age now. Still gorgeous!

  5. minx says:

    They should never have gotten married.

  6. Bridget says:

    I think it’s interesting that Halle has completely given up on her plan to move to Paris. I’ve always thought that was a huge factor in her marriage to Olivier (not to mention that it potentially gave him more leverage when it comes to custody). As for the financial… if they’ve already split, then it shouldn’t be a fight over $$$. What kind of fight could be brewing aside from custody?

  7. N says:

    Never marry a man who makes less money than you, ffs wise up ladies!!

    • tracking says:

      That’s a weird double standard. How many marriages would there be if no one married anyone making less money?

    • Lex says:

      Yaaaay! Let’s all be financially dependent on a man and in dire straits if the relationship breaks down! FFS!

  8. lucy2 says:

    That seems odd – money from stuff that she was signing onto AFTER their separate could have been up from grabs? Isn’t date of separation usually the cut off for shared property, especially if both agree on the date?

    She seems to thrive on drama, but hopefully for the kids’ sake things settle down and they are able to have good relationships with both parents.

    • Ramona says:

      Post-separation hooking up isnt unusual though and with this much on the line, it complicates things significantly. All in all its a wise move. She does have another kid whose dad isnt chipping in and Its important to build something for her nest egg too.

  9. Original T.C. says:

    Well at least she has left Gabriel alone! With so many dead beat Dads walking away from their kid’s lives, I will never understand why Halle selfishly tried to separate her daughter from her Dad.

  10. Susan says:

    The underlying story is bullshit. The date of divorce is irrelevant to the asset division. Whether assets are marital assets is determined by the date of separation in California so it is irrelevant whether the divorce proceedings continue indefinitely. Any other result would be ridiculously unfair, right?? That would mean a vindictive spouse could financially benefit by dragging out the settlement of a divorce.

  11. SM says:

    That dress in the bottom pic is fantastic on her. She may be crazy choosing equaly crazy partners but she is so gorgeous to me.