You Rarely See Halle Berry’s Kids Because She Doesn’t Wish To “Exploit” Them
While vacationing with her kids in Bora Bora recently, Halle Berry did something out of the ordinary for herself — she shared a photo of her son Maceo on Instagram. Granted, it was only one side of his face, but she hadn’t posted any pictures of the faces of her kids in the past, so it was a big deal for fans, as well as for the 51-year-old Oscar winner.
“That was a struggle… I really don’t like to show my kids very much… but I do realize… my people are, like, solid for me and me for them and I feel like I want to include them,” she said in a new interview with Extra.
“But it’s a fine line because I don’t want to exploit my children,” she continued, “I want to protect my children, so I thought, ‘Half the face is good.'”
And Berry certainly has worked hard to protect daughter Nahla, 10, and Maceo, 4. While she was pregnant with Maceo, she helped lobby for a bill that was eventually passed in California to protect the children of notable figures from being harassed by photogs. This was after Nahla had been intimidated by paparazzi who would shout while taking her picture.
“On behalf of my children, it is my hope that this is the beginning of the end for those overly aggressive paparazzi whose outrageous conduct has caused so much trauma and emotional distress,” she said in a statement after the bill was passed.
She also, for many years, protected her kids from everyday people by only posting them with their faces obscured. And while she had the right to, she found that she dealt with some criticism for it from time to time. But Berry wasn’t afraid to address it. She set one commenter straight back in 2016.
“I’ve noticed you have said this several times now so let me be clear — I’m not at all ashamed of [my] children,” she wrote on Instagram. “I try to find creative ways to incorporate them into my feed because they are the biggest part of my life, but I also work very hard to keep their identities as private as I can considering they are only children.”
“It’s my belief, and I’m not criticizing others who have different beliefs, that it’s my job as their mother to protect their privacy as best I can,” she added. “When they grow and they’re of age and they want [to] share their images on the internet, that will be for them to decide, not me. Feel me? Have a beautiful day.”