Speaks out on violence...By Alicia Adejobi on Tuesday 21st June 2011 Photo by A. Miller/WENN.com
Halle Berry has spoken out on the domestic abuse both she and her mother suffered, saying that it gave her low self-esteem.
The Oscar-winning actress explains how the violence has effected her and the men she has had relationships with. "When I was a girl and my mother had the s**t kicked out of her, her self-esteem moved onto me," Halle told an audience at the Mayor's Fund Benefit Dinner in New York City last week.
"I devalued myself and thought I wasn't worth it. I chose men that mimicked my father."
Halle then explains what made her "break the cycle" of choosing abusive men. "It was only when I was in an abusive relationship and blood squirted on the ceiling of my apartment and I lost 80% of hearing in my ear that I realised, I have to break the cycle."
While, Halle's ex-boyfriend Christopher Williams was initially accused of damaging the actress's eardrum, it was Hollywood actor Wesley Snipes who was outed as the abuser. These claims have never been confirmed.