Although Halle Berry is very accepting of her Black roots, some might think that she might not be so accepting of her Black family.
Halle’s half-sister, Renee Berry, is speaking out in hopes of reconnecting with Halle and meeting Nahla. According to The Daily Mail, the sisters haven’t even spoken to one another in years.
Halle and another sister were raised by their mother, and her father was not a part of her upbringing. In 1992, she told the Newspaper Enterprise Association, “I haven’t heard from him since [he left]. Maybe he’s not alive.”
However, Renee said she remained close to Halle and is “sad to say it seems like she does not want anything to do with us.” According to Renee, the two haven’t spoken in 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,” Renee said.
It’s doubtful that race has anything to do with the divide between Halle and the Black side of her family, since she has been very vocal about identifying both herself and her biracial daughter as African Americans.
“I feel she’s Black. I’m Black and I’m her mother, and I believe in the one-drop theory,” Halle told Ebony magazine in reference to her daughter.
Halle recently battled with her ex, Gabriel Aubry, over custody of their daughter. However, the two seemed to have settled the issue and Nahla remains with her mother.
–Tracy L. Scott