Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry said in 2007 in a magazine interview that she was so depressed after her 1997 breakup with ex-husband and baseball star David Justice that she tried to take her own life.
She talked about the devastation she felt when her then husband David Justice ended their marriage, leading her to consider suicide.
She was married to Justice for nearly five years in the early 1990s before her star began to rise after portraying singer/actress Dorothy Dandridge in the 1999 television movie “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.”
“I took my dogs, and I went in the garage and sat in the car. For two or three hours, I just cried and I cried. I thought ‘I can’t face it.’ I think that’s the weakest I have ever been in my life. That’s what the breakup of my marriage did to me.
The end of her marriage was the trigger for a loss of self-esteem and inner sadness. Her depression was so strong that she wanted to end her pain by committing suicide.
“It took away my self-esteem. It beat me down to the lowest of lows — the gum on the bottom of David’s shoe, that’s what I felt like. Somewhere in my heart, I think I knew I didn’t really want to end my life. I just wanted to end the pain.”
Not long after, she went into therapy. “I know it sounds cliche,” she says, “but you have to find a way to hold on because time really does heal all wounds.
Berry’s second marriage, to singer Eric Benet, lasted four years until 2005, when they divorced in a highly publicized breakup.
“We were in sex rehab after one year. I wish I had left then, but I was putting everyone’s needs before mine,” she tells Parade. “If I hadn’t gone through the first breakup and made that promise to myself, this would have leveled me. I would have walked into moving traffic.”
Berry credited therapy and counseling for helping her to take control of her life
She also emphasized the vakue of counselling when she was battling the depression.
“People still associate therapy with being crazy. But I think you’re crazy if you won’t consider going to get help for yourself—to learn the tools to deal with the problems in your life. Once people see what it is and what it’s not, they race to go back. They get the benefit. But it’s hard to get people to the first session because of fear.”, said she.
When Halle thought of her mother and all the suffering she went through. Halle Berry has been saved. She did not want to commit suicide anymore. When you have depression, and want to end your life, think strongly about your family, your parents, your children. Think of the pain they will feel if you end your life. Halle Berry was saved thanks to the image of her mother.
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