Halle Berry says her daughter is black despite claims that her baby daddy Gabriel Aubry “went nuts” whenever anyone called their daughter Nahla that. The Oscar-winning actress, who is embroiled in a bitter custody battle with her ex, recently sat down with Ebony for the March 2011 issue and discusses motherhood, how she views her daughter’s race and dating outside her race:
“I feel like she’s Black. I’m Black and I’m her mother and I believe in the one-drop theory,” says Berry, who was born to a White mother and a Black father. “What I think is that that’s something she’s going to have to decide. I’m not going to put a label on it. I had to decide for myself and that’s what she’s going to have to decide – how she identifies herself in the world,” she continued.
Halle made sure to point out that even though she is and has dated men from outside her race, she embraces her African-American heritage:
“Well, first thing I want to say is that I’m very connected to my community and I want black people to know that I haven’t abandoned them because I’ve had a child with a man outside of my race and I’m dating someone now outside of my race who is Spanish and French…I have never been more clear about who I am as a black woman. The people I have dated sort of hold up a mirror to me and help me realize more of who I really am.”