Halle Berry Loses Her Custody Battle With Gabriel Aubry

Nahla Stays In The States!
Halle Berry attends the "Cloud Atlas" movie premiere in Los Angeles

Whoa. It’s kind of an intense day in celebrity news y’all. First we get word that the seemingly endless love betwixt Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez is DUNZO (it’s okay if you’re reading this with tears streaming down your face), and then we hear that Halle Berry‘s seemingly endless custody battle has also run it’s course. And Halle– who was fighting like cray to move to France (where fiancé Olivier Martinez resides) with her daughter Nahla– has lost the custody battle. Yup. It’s o-vah for that whole France movement, as a judge ruled in favor of Nahla‘s father Gabriel Aubry yesterday. Click inside for deets.
TMZ has the report:

Halle Berry just lost big in court — a judge has ruled she cannot permanently move her 4-year-old daughter to France … TMZ has learned.

Halle had been fighting tooth and nail with her baby daddy Gabriel Aubry to bring Nahla to Paris, where Halle wants to live with her fiance Olivier Martinez.

Halle argued the L.A. paparazzi scene made life in California too dangerous for her and her daughter — but today the judge in the case ruled in favor of Gabriel, refusing to let Halle jet to France with their kid.

The full details of the ruling are unclear — but one thing’s for sure … Halle did NOT get what she wanted.

Halle has said from the beginning she never wanted to remove Gabriel from Nahla’s life — she merely believed France would be safer for everyone involved.

Look, I know they’re celebrities. I know that I don’t know them and I’m not invested in their lives. But for whatever reason, I was soooo happy to see this news! Halle, I get it. France is effing awesome, lol. BUT Dads are more awesome, for the most part. And I would have hated to see a judge rule in her favor, taking baby Nahla (yes, she’s still a baby in my mind) a gabillion miles away from her Daddy.

Halle tried to build a case about France being safer than the US for celebrities and their children– she even brought her friend  and fellow-actress Salma Hayek on the witness stand to testify (Salma lives in France with her husband and daughter), along with Olivier Martinez. But it looks like none of that ultimately worked in her favor.

Interestingly enough, Kate Middleton‘s topless photos were also said to be a possible issue in the case, since they were taken in France and, therefore, complicated the idea that French paparazzi isn’t all that cray. On that story, many readers expressed different opinions about the case. Some felt that Halle was messed up for trying to leave the country just to be with her lover, giving no regard to her daughter. Others felt that Halle was really just trying to keep Nahla and Gabriel apart for her own reasons, and PITNBR Ella pointed out that Gabriel had been accused of hurling racial slurs at Halle while they were fighting– perhaps this is partly why she was fighting to put some distance between him and Nahla.

But it’s all over now, and Halle will surely move on with things. Do y’all think the judge made the right decision? And can we talk about how bad the ‘razzis are clearly getting, when people are building whole court cases on their aggressiveness??? That ish cray!

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  1. I’m sorry, but is Halle even crazily followed by the paparazzi? Maybe she is and I don’t realize it, but she seems to see the tame side of the papz so I couldn’t see a judge ruling that her baby MUST live in France for her safety. Weak case, Halle. Happy for her ex though. That would have been so hard if hi daughter would be taken to France. Talk about a commute!!

    • Silly

      I think I read somewhere she had a stalker.

    • ClaireMichelle, Silly’s right. She did have a stalker. And you’d be surprised– she gets followed like cray. I’ve only shared snaps of her here and there, but in our database there are always, always Halle pics. I think the custody battle might have even had something to do with it. Maybe things will lighten up a bit now.

    • Oh, I don’t remember the stalker situation. But maybe since France has been nixed she could just leave Cali. There are NO paparazzi here in Iowa, I can tell you that. Haha. She should move somewhere low profile for a while I guess.

  2. Silly

    My brother just won a court case just like this against his ex-wife. I think it’s a smart decision for kids that are involved. Nice to know celebrities are dealt with like real people sometimes.

  3. Megan

    It does suck for Halle, but these are the things you deal with when you are no longer with your child’s dad. You still have to include them in life decisions. Hopefully they work out a compromise where they can spend the summer in France or something. Because I’m sure her new man misses France, and hopefully this decision doesn’t break apart that relationship.

  4. I get why she wants to live in France, but moving so far away from the father is not an option. If the argument really was about the paparazzi, there are closer places than France to be inconspicuous.

  5. MissAnne

    Wasn’t Princess Diana killed in France by paparazzi?

    • Dot

      She died in a car accident but to say she was killed by a paparazzi is far too much. Plus please lets not compare Princess Diana and Halle Berry.

  6. im glad this didnt go in Halle’s favour. i just couldnt get behind the idea of taking a child away from her father – a father who wanted to be in his daughters life.

    we all know that Gabriel was nothing more than a sperm donor in Halle’s mind. i bet it’s killing her that he actually wants to spend time with his child.

  7. Lexie

    My parents lived at least an hour apart from each other for pretty much my whole life, and it was really hard on me. I cant imagine half my family being a continent away! Makes me sad that she would try to do that.

  8. sfmom

    To me, it seemed like this case was all about Halle wanting to do what she wanted (including kind of screwing over the man SHE chose to procreate with, btw) and very little about her daughter.
    I seem to recall there were a lot of questions as to whether or not the whole “racial slurs” business was really just something she fabricated to get back at Aubry.
    Either way…I am thrilled by this decision. I think that regardless of what Ms. Berry wants for herself, she chose to become a mom and as such, she needs to put her kid first. To me, the benefits of her daughter growing up and having her dad in her life in a meaningful way is more important.
    (disclosure: my husband’s dad left when he was a toddler and his mom remarried a real jerk who had no interest in being a dad to her sons from the first marriage. I’m a wee bit biased because I have seen firsthand the fallout that happens when separated parents put their own wants above the needs of their kids).
    /flame away

  9. CherryCola

    When you have kids, you tie yourself to your partner indefinitely. Why people are so incredibly stupid as to not realise this is beyond me. Any a**hole can have a kid these days but they seem to be completely oblivious to the commitment not only to the child but to the ongoing involvement in the other person’s life. Halle has come off as supremely selfish in the case, so heartless taking Gabriel’s little girl away from him like he doesn’t matter or have a say in her life.

  10. I am so thrilled to read this. Everything I read leading up to this point seemed to imply that Halle just wanted to do what she wanted, which would be fine if it was just her, but not cool when she has a child whose father is involved and cares.

    I’m putting the shoe on the other foot and thinking, “Hell, yeah, I would fight” if my husband ever divorced me and tried to take our child into another country. I can’t imagine being separated from my child. That would be devastating.

  11. Ella

    It seems to me we don’t know all the ins and outs. It’s easy to say Halle is just being selfish and just wants her way. However, we don’t know what happened and what was said behind closed doors. I’d like to think Halle or any mother wouldn’t keep her child away from her father out of selfishness and spite, but I have a close friend who is going through a similar thing and the world is full of self absorbed morons.

    I just hope all adult parties will do what’s best for the child and remember that one day she will be old enough to see the whole ugly thing play out online.

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