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Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry’s relationship was played out in front of the cameras, from the very beginning, to the birth of daughter Nahla and even random lunch dates or grocery runs. And now so is their very messy split.

So far, Halle has declined to comment publicly on the custody battle and instead let the tabloids and gossip bloggers take the reigns. Until now, that is. In an interview with Extra, the actress opened up about the dispute, and although not giving full details, she did let the interviewer in on how (contrary to popular belief) the court proceedings have gone well.

Of the custody battle Halle said;

“When there’s a child involved, it’s a relief when you can resolve things in a good way. Our issues were never about fighting for her. We both know a child needs both her parents. But what I want to say about it is sometimes, as a couple, you reach an impasse. We need a court and a judge to help us work out some of the delicate issues, and I’m so happy we’ve arrived at that place- because for her sake, this is the best way…. We both love her more than life.”

The interview took place at the Los Angeles’ Jenesse Center’s Annual Silver Rose Gala, where she was honored for her “What a Little Love Can Do” project, which renovates apartments at the transitional housing shelter for victims of domestic violence. Of her work with the shelter, Halle said;

“There’s such a stigma that goes a long with a shelter, and I thought if we can make shelter life be something for them to aspire to have when they leave here, we’ll have done something really good… I care so much about women and I care so much about children. I’ve had certain experiences in my life that make it easy for me to understand the hardships that women face; the hardships that children face. And because it’s so personal for me, it’s a way that I sort of get to extricate my own demons by doing something good to help others. It’s really fulfilling work that I get to do.”

It’s rare to see her speak so candidly about her personal life (and how smiley she gets when talking about boyfriend Olivier Martinez), especially when she was meant to be promoting her truly inspirational work with the Jenesse Center and her struggle to end the stigma associated with crisis shelters. So maybe what she is saying is true; the split and custody battle isn’t as heated and messy as we want to believe and maybe it’s true that, “a little love can really go a long way.”

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