Halle Berry Taking Ex Gabriel Aubry To Court For Lightening, Straightening Daughter Nahla’s Hair
Halle Berry brought her model ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry to court recently because he’d allegedly taken it upon himself to have their daughter’s hair straightened and dyed blond.
Halle Berry, Gabriel Aubrey In Court Over Daughter’s Hair
Berry, who has an African-American father and a white mother, is incensed that Aubry might be trying to give their mixed race daughter Nahla Aubry a “whiter” appearance. In a court hearing, she accused him of changing the 6-year-old’s hair causing both damaged to it and to Nahla’s sense of self, leading her to wonder “why her natural appearance is not good enough,” according to court documents obtained by the Daily Mail.
Berry said in her testimony, “’I strongly feel that Gabriel’s same underlying attitude is at the root in the changes which only he could have been causing to our daughter’s hair.”
“Gabriel continues to maintain that he has done and is doing nothing to cause the extensive straightening, color changes, stripping and damaging of our daughter’s hair,” Berry continued. “I have personally observed the changes in Nahla’s hair texture and color over the last year. I have never personally experienced hair damage nor have I ever known a single person whose hair has suffered such excessive changes from spending time in a salt water pool (or even chlorinated water) and sunlight.”
The Oscar-winning actress collected samples of her daughter’s hair and had them sent to a lab and tested. The tests yielded results that indicated that Nahla’s hair had undergone treatments of the sort that Aubry had been denying.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas ruled that neither Halle nor Aubry can change Nahla’s hair from here on out. He also admonished Aubry’s alleged use of a racial slur directed at Berry.
“The racial epithet made by Petitioner was and is completely and totally unacceptable. Nahla is a child of both of these parents, making this sort of comment about Respondent affect the very core and being of Nahla,” Juhas said. “And when Petitioner attacked Respondent for what she is and who she is, he was attacking Nahla because Nahla is part Respondent. And Nahla is part Petitioner. So when Petitioner did those things, that does serious damage to Nahla because he is attacking her core being, who she is.”
Berry and Aubrey split in 2010 after spending four years together. They have been in and out of court ever since. One of the most recent issues has been Berry’s desire to lower her monthly child support payments to Aubrey from $16,000 to 3,800.
Get the most-revealing celebrity conversations with the uInterview podcast!